Saturday, November 2, 2013

All Souls' Day: Requiem Op. 9 (Durufle)

Requiem ( Op. 9):
I. Introit: Requiem aeternam 00:00
II. Kyrie 03:25
III. Domine Jesus Christe 06:57
IV. Sanctus 15:00
V. Pie Jesu 17:41
VI. Agnus Dei 22:00
VII. Lux Aeterna 25:39
VIII. Libera me 29:43
IX. In paradisum 35:10

Durufle, Maurice (1902-86) -composer
Cecilia Bartoli -mezzosoprano
Bryn Terfel -bass-baritone
Myung-Whun Chung -conductor
Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

The Requiem, op. 9, by Maurice Duruflé was commissioned in 1947 by the French music publisher Durand and is written in memory of the composer's father. The work is for SATB choir with mezzo-soprano and baritone soloists. It exists in three orchestrations: one for organ alone, one for organ with string orchestra and optional trumpets, harp and timpani, and one for organ and full orchestra.

At the time of commission, Duruflé was working on an organ suite using themes from Gregorian chants. He incorporated his sketches for that work into the Requiem, which uses numerous themes from the Gregorian "Mass for the Dead." Nearly all the thematic material in the work comes from chant.


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Here's another version, from King's College Cambridge. (It seems the video above cannot be accessed via mobile, for some reason.)

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