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Fauré Requiem and Bach Partita No.2 in D

Fauré Requiem and Bach Partita No.2 in D

During the 2011 City of London Festival, Tenebrae joined a chamber ensemble from the London Symphony Orchestra 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 Partita 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 Ciaccona, highlighting the hidden chorale themes within this fascinating work.

“Devastingly beautiful… I have no hesitation in labelling this the very best Fauré Requiem on disc.”

–  Gramophone Magazine
  • Release Date: 01 November 2012
  • Record Label: LSO Live
  • Catalogue Number: LSO0728
  • Location of Recording: St Giles Cripplegate, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:08:04
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein (Johannes-Passion BWV 245)J. S. Bach02:09£ Listen
2Partita No. 2 in D - Allemande (BWV 1004)J. S. Bach03:29£ Listen
3Partita No. 2 in D - Courante (BWV 1004)J. S. Bach02:09£ Listen
4Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 277i)J. S. Bach01:18£ Listen
5Partita No. 2 in D - Sarabande (BWV 1004)J. S. Bach03:28£ Listen
6Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt (BWV 277ii)J. S. Bach01:22£ Listen
7Partita No. 2 in D - Gigue (BWV 1004)J. S. Bach03:02£ Listen
8Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden (Matthäus-Passion BWV 244)J. S. Bach01:22£ Listen
9Ciaccona with chorale themes (BWV 1004)J. S. Bach13:08£ Listen
10Requiem: Introït et KyrieGabriel Fauré06:34£ Listen
11Requiem: OffertoireGabriel Fauré08:15£ Listen
12Requiem: SanctusGabriel Fauré03:32£ Listen
13Requiem: Pie JesuGabriel Fauré03:31£ Listen
14Requiem: Agnus DeiGabriel Fauré06:17£ Listen
15Requiem: Libera meGabriel Fauré04:53£ Listen
16Requiem: In ParadisumGabriel Fauré03:35£ Listen

“Devastingly beautiful… I have no hesitation in labelling this the very best Fauré Requiem on disc.”

–  Gramophone Magazine

My first choir has to be Nigel Short’s recording with Tenebrae. The choral singing is matchless…nothing surpasses the serene beauty of this performance.

The English choral tradition at its Zenith.

An ideal balance between transcendental calm and galvanising passion.

–  Richard Morrison – BBC Radio 3

“Choral music doesn’t get more magnificent than this.”

–  Classic FM

“…a unity that is compelling… simply mindblowing”

–  ***** The Scotsman

“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

“The singing of Tenebrae is marvellous here. Their blend is nothing short of sensational, and they fit the acoustic of St Giles’ Cripplegate as though it had been tailor made for them…perhaps the finest recorded performance of the Fauré Requiem I have come across”

–  MusicWeb International

“Choir and soloist… come together in the great Chaconne, to wrenching and compelling effect”

–  The Observer

“The singing of the 24 members of Tenebrae in this work is simply marvellous. Their impeccable intonation, perfect diction and precision convey the impression of a much larger choir”

–  Classical CD Choice (UK)

“Tenebrae is such an impressive vocal ensemble, and they avoid all the pitfalls of the cool, clean, clear school of chamber choir – full-blooded, passionate engagement with the dots and the texts”

–  BBC Radio 3 CD Review

“Imaginatif et beau”

–  Pizzicato (Luxembourg)

BBC Radio 3 ‘Building a Library’ chosen recording (July 2016)

Nominated: Gramophone Award (2013)

Classic FM’s Albums of the Year 2012

James Mallinson Nominated for the Producer of the Year Award, Classical, Grammys 2014

Recording of the Month, BBC Music Magazine

International Classical Music Awards Nomination 2014: Choral Works


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