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Fauré: Requiem, Bach: Partita, Chorales & Ciaccona


Classic FM’s Albums of the Year 2012
‘Choral music doesn't get more magnificent than this.' 

ICMA Nomination 2014: Choral Works

 The Scotsman (UK)

***** 'Imaginatif et beau' Pizzicato (Luxembourg)

Gramophone Choice ‘I have no hesitation in labelling this the very best Fauré Requiem on disc.’ Gramophone (UK)

'A most recommendable issue' Classical CD Choice (UK)

During the 2011 City of London Festival, Tenebrae joined a chamber ensemble from the LSO at St Paul’s Cathedral for a performance of Fauré’s Requiem. The Requiem was preceded by a selection of Bach’s Chorales interspersed with his Partitia in D minor, performed by Gordan Nikolitch, leader of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Fauré’s Requiem favours serenity, joy and liberation over the dread and terror employed by most composers in settings of the Mass of the Dead. By adopting a more comforting approach, he crafted music of astonishing beauty, in particular the Pie Jesu. Bach’s Partita for Violin No 2, with chorales interspersed, culminates in a reconstruction of the Ciaconna, highlighting the hidden chorale themes within this fascinating work.

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ICMA Nomination 2014: Choral Works

Classic FM’s Albums of the Year 2012 ‘Choral music doesn't get more magnificent than this. Tenebrae sound dynamic, tight and ooze atmosphere in their performance here, but it's the magical way the soloists and the LSO glide in and out of the sound that really impresses - and that's down to Nigel Short's direction.’

***** 'Imaginatif et beau' Pizzicato (Luxembourg)

***** 'Now what do Fauré’s Requiem, the Bach Partita that ends with the famous “Ciaconna”, and the particular batch of Bach chorales featured on this recording have in common? They’re all in D minor, which gives this entire curiosity package a unity that is compelling. But there’s something much deeper at work, which the combined forces of vocal ensemble Tenebrae, the LSO Chamber Ensemble and LSO leader Gordan Nikolitch unfold to stunning effect. Nikolitch’s tasteful playing of the solo Partita movements is interspersed with sung chorales, those features coming unexpectedly together in the Ciaconna, where Tenebrae 
add the funereal chorale themes on which the violin music is based. And if that isn’t moving in itself, the uninterrupted D minor link with the Requiem is simply mindblowing.' The Scotsman (UK)

Gramophone Choice ‘I have no hesitation in labelling this the very best Fauré Requiem on disc.’ Gramophone (UK)

‘Choir and soloist, LSO Leader Gordan Nikolitch, come together in the great Chaconne, to wrenching and compelling effect.’ The Observer

'This is without doubt one of the finest sounding, and fascinating releases, that I have heard from LSO Live.' Classical CD Choice (UK) Read full review here

'This performance, recorded live before an extremely well-behaved audience, is excellent. The choral singing from Tenebrae is exceptionally clear and pure in tone, but not at all bloodless as can be the case with choirs aiming for just these qualities in this particular work.' International Record Review (UK)

Concert review

‘no matter where you sat it was impossible not to be uplifted … Hard to decide who was the most eloquent, [Gordan] Nikolitch or the tender voices of Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short’ The Times (UK)


Nigel Short
Gordan Nikolitch

Grace Davidson
William Gaunt
London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd, balance engineers

DSD recordings
Recorded at the Church of St Giles Cripplegate, May 2012
Stereo and multi-channel 5.1

Catalogue number - LSO0728
UPC - 822231172826

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