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Gabriel Faure

Born: 1845. Died: 1924. Lived in: France

Born in Pamiers, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees, he studied at the Niedermeyer school of religious music in Paris with several of the greats including Camille Saint-Saens. He eventually became organist at Eglise de la Madeleine.

He became a prolific composer, and among the most noteworthy of his works are his Requiem, an opera; Penelope, an orchestral suite Masques et Bergamasques (based on music for a dramatic entertainment, or divertissement comique), and music for Pelleas et Melisande. He also wrote chamber music and his two piano quartets are particularly well known. Other chamber music includes two piano quintets, two cello sonatas, two violin sonatas, and a number of piano pieces. He is also known for his songs, such as Clair de lune, Apres un reve, Les roses d'Ispahan, En priere, and several song cycles, including La Bonne Chanson with settings of poems by Verlaine.

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Cambridge Singers : Faure - Sacred Music : 00  1 CD : John Rutter : 520

Cambridge Singers : Faure - Sacred Music

Tis is a re-release at mid-price of John Rutter's Gramophone Award-winning 1984 recording of Faure's Requiem. The first-ever performance on disc of the work in its intimate original version - famously re-discovered by Rutter in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris after a century of neglect - it remains one of the timeless jewels in the crown of the Collegium catologue. Hailed on release as 'the Faure Requiem of the future' (Music Week), Rutter's performance with the Cambridge Singers and members of the City of London Sinfonia has transformed the way in which we view one of the great works of European sacred music, and remains definitive.

Songlist: Requiem: Introit et Kyrie, Offertoire, Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, Libera me, In paradisum, Ave verum Corpus, Tantum ergo, Ave Maria, Maria, Mater gratiae, Cantique de Jean Racine, Messe Basse: Kyrie eleison, Messe Basse: Sanctus, Messe Basse: Benedictus, Messe Basse: Agnus Dei

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2369c | 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella


Robert Shaw : Faure / Durufle : 00  1 CD : Robert Shaw : 80135

Robert Shaw : Faure / Durufle

The Faure Requiem was begun in 1886 and finished in the first weeks of 1888. Unlike other requiems, this piece has no sense of doom or angst. It expresses no fear of death, but rather depicts the reaching for eternal happiness. Warm and comforting, this work is a rare gem in the French repertoire. Durufle's greatest known work was his Requiem written in 1947. At the time it was commissioned, Durufle was composing a suite for organ solo based on the Gregorian chants of the Mass for the Dead. It was this suite that was expanded and transformed to become the requiem. The insightful interpretation and superb performance of these requiems by Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is unmatched. This release received a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Classical Recording.

Songlist: Faure Requiem (7 Movements), - Introit & Kyrie, - Offertory, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu, - Agnus Dei, - Libera me, - In Paradisum, Durufle Requiem (9 Movements), - Introit, - Kyrie, - Domine Jesu Christe, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu, - Agnus Dei, - Lux Aeterna, - Libera me, - In Paradisum

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7319c | 1 CD | $15.98


San Francisco Boys Chorus : Sings Faure Requiem and Messager : 00  1 CD : Ian Robertson

San Francisco Boys Chorus : Sings Faure Requiem and Messager

The San Francisco Boys Chorus under the leadership of Artistic Director, Ian Robertson, is pleased to announce the release of its latest CD, The San Francisco Boys Chorus sings Faure and Messager, featuring Gabriel Faure's moving Requiem Op. 48 and the Messe des Pecheurs de Villerville, a charming work jointly composed by Faure and this fellow Frenchman, Andre Messager.

Songlist: Introit and Kyrie, Offertory , Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, Libera Me, In Paradisum, Kyrie (Messager) , Gloria, Sanctus, O Salutaris, Agnus Dei, Ave Maria Op. post , Benedictus, Maria Mater Gratiae Op. 47, Pie Jesu from Requiem

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6106c | 1 CD | $15.95

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