Requiem Op.9, Quatre Motets

The Choir of Magdalen College

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

In all his liturgical music, Duruflé’s profound religious faith is evident, most notably in the celebrated Requiem, op.9, completed in 1947. Originally scored for soloists, chorus, orchestra and organ, the work was transcribed for chorus and solo organ in 1948. The third version, for small orchestra, dates from 1961. Its first performance, on November 2, 1947, at Paris’s Salle Gaveau, was led by Roger Désormière, with the French Radio Choir, under the direction of Yvonne Gouverné, and soloists Hélène Bouvier and Camille Maurane.

 Duruflé’s initial idea had been to compose a suite of organ pieces, each based on plainchant taken from the Mass for the Dead. Realizing his reluctance to detach the Latin text from the instrumental themes he had sketched, Duruflé transformed his design into a larger-scale work which became the Requiem. The text comprises nine of the sections forming the Mass for the Dead: Introit, Kyrie, Domine Jesu Christe, Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Libera me, ending with the In Paradisum – the ultimate answer with which Faith allays all doubts: a depiction of the soul entering Paradise. To quote the composer:

 ‘The Requiem is entirely based on the Gregorian chant used in the Mass for the Dead. At times, the chant is incorporated unaltered and the orchestra intervenes only to accompany or to comment. At other times, it was from the Latin text alone that I took my inspiration, namely in the Domine Jesu Christe, Sanctus and Libera me. Throughout, I wished to be guided by the special shape of Gregorian melodies. As for the compositional form of each of the movements, it was suggested by the structure of the liturgy…. The organ is often used to give special emphasis to a line; it also represents a certain waning of Faith and Hope. The work is not meant as an ethereal paean to detachment from earthly cares; in its immutable form of a Christian prayer, the Requiem reflects man’s anguish as he contemplates the ultimate mystery of life and death. The music is at times dramatic or filled with a sense of resignation, hope or fear, mirroring the words of the Scriptures which form the liturgy. It aims to express the sentiments of a human being facing his or her terrifying, unfathomable or comforting fate.’

Tracklist

1.
Requiem, op. 9 - Introït
03:17
2.
Requiem, op. 9 - Kyrie
03:05
3.
Requiem, op. 9 - Domine Jesu Christe
07:50
4.
Requiem, op. 9 - Sanctus
02:47
5.
Requiem, op. 9 - Pie Jesu
02:58
6.
Requiem, op. 9 - Agnus Dei
03:16
7.
Requiem, op. 9 - Lux aeterna
03:21
8.
Requiem, op. 9 - Libera me
05:12
9.
Requiem, op. 9 - In Paradisum
02:54
10.
Requiem, op. 9 - Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Épiphanie
02:06
11.
Requiem, op. 9 - Fugue sur un théme de - on a theme by Henri Rabaud
04:52
12.
Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, op. 10 - Ubi caritas
02:24
13.
Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, op. 10 - Tota pulchra es
02:16
14.
Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, op. 10 - Tu es Petrus
00:52
15.
Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, op. 10 - Tantum ergo
02:49
16.
Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, op. 10 - Chant donné en hommage à Jean Gallon
01:52
17.
Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, op. 10 - Méditation pour orgue
04:03
18.
Messe 'Cum Jubilo', op. 11 - Kyrie
03:40
19.
Messe 'Cum Jubilo', op. 11 - Gloria
05:20
20.
Messe 'Cum Jubilo', op. 11 - Sanctus
03:43
21.
Messe 'Cum Jubilo, op. 11 - Benedictus
01:59
22.
Messe 'Cum Jubilo, op. 11 - Agnus Dei
04:14

Total time: 01:14:50

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Mastering Engineer

Brad Michel

Producer

Robina G. Young

Recording Engineer

Keith Grant / Gerry O'Riordan / Brad Michel (DSD engineer)

Recording location

Magdalen College, Oxford England

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

HMU907480

Release Date April 4, 2014
SKU HMU907480

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