Latest Choir CD is BBC Recording of the Month
The Choir's new recording of Fauré's Requiem is Recording of the Month in the BBC Music magazine. The reviewer Roger Nichols calls it a 'serene and scholarly version' of the Requiem that is 'quite outstanding in its beauty, balance and sensitivity'.
Other critics have been equally impressed. Here are excerpts from the reviews:
"The period sounds of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment offer just the right amount of support and Autumnal colour, and the treble soloist in the Pie Jesu, Tom Pickard, is so good I feel guilty already for not playing it to you. Not necessarily a revelatory account of the first liturgical edition of the Fauré, but more than just a curiosity, and a richly rewarding performance and recording. Once you’ve added Fauré’s Messe Basse and his effortlessly lovely Cantique de Jean Racine this is a package which any lover of the Requiem ought to take great delight."
- Andrew McGregor on BBC Radio 3's CD Review
"A must listen shedding new light on an evergreen favourite."
- Classic FM (Classic FM Drive Featured Album)
"Stephen Cleobury … brings to this serene and lovely requiem the precision and balance of ensemble for which the choir is so admired."
- The Sydney Morning Herald (four stars)
"This is an enticing recording on first glance, and is a listening experience that doesn’t disappoint. In fact, for those that prefer a leaner performance of the Requiem, this may become a new reference recording for you. A 'romantic' reading this is not, and Fauré is all the better for it."
"The singing and playing cannot be faulted—this is an exemplary performance by any standard, and the surround sound is superb, caught in the resonant acoustics of the college."
- Audiophile Audition (four stars)