Fauré: Requiem / Cantique de Jean Racine / Messe basse - King's College Choir, Stephen Cleobury
“The choir sings very well indeed – as you’d expect … Gerald Finley, another former King’s Choral Scholar, I believe, represents luxury casting for the baritone solos and his contribution is distinguished: I relished his warm, firm tone and the way in which he articulates the text … Tom Pickard…makes a splendid job of the solo, singing in an innocent, unaffected way and with exemplary control. Bravo!”
Under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment present the first recording of Marc Rigaudiere's reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance of Faure's Requiem. Their performance faithfully recreates the 1889 premiere, even using the same organ stops as those available at the Cathedrale de Ste. Madeleine in Paris. Baritone Gerald Finley and treble Tom Pickard are the vocal soloists. Also included are the Cantique de Jean Racine, heard here in its original version for choir and organ, and the Messe Basse for high voices, sung by the sixteen choristers of the choir.
Requiem, Op. 48
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
Tom Pickard (treble) & Gerald Finley (baritone)
Choir of King's College Cambridge & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Stephen Cleobury