The Choir is releasing a new recording of Fauré’s Requiem on 15 September.
The album was recorded in January with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and former choral scholar Gerald Finley. It is the first recording of Marc Rigaudière’s new reconstruction of the earliest complete liturgical performance of the Requiem.
It faithfully recreates the 1889 premiere, even using the organ stops available to the organist at the L'église de la Madeleine in Paris. The instruments and techniques used by the orchestra are typical of those used in a French orchestra of the late 19th century.
The expanded version of the Requiem, as edited by John Rutter, is also included on this album for comparison.
Fauré's Requiem forms a cornerstone of the Choir’s repertoire (performed recently on the Choir’s tour to Australia), along with the Cantique de Jean Racine, heard here in its original version for Choir and Organ.
These works are complimented by Fauré's Messe Basse for high voices, sung by the sixteen choristers of the Choir.