Gabriel Fauré – Requiem, Op. 48
Merseyside Symphony Orchestra
This unique and exclusive Deluxe download includes the following free bonus items:
– The free complete full 1955 album of Gabriel Fauré – Requiem, Op. 48 by Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Ernest Ansermet with Suzanne Danco, soprano
Gérard Souzay, tenor
Eric Schmidt, organ
[Union Chorale de la Tour de Peilz Union Chorale de la Tour de Peilz]
Choir master: Robert Mermoud.
Decca Records, 1955, Gagnaux Collection.
Recorded 1955 October 16.
– The complete full music score First edition (reprint)
Published by Paris: J. Hamelle, n.d.. Plate J. 4650 H.
Reprinted: Boca Raton: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(after 1987).
– The full size 4000 x 2667 unedited cover artwork, without titles.
– 52 page booklet with notes about Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet, Suzanne Danco, Gérard Souzay, Gabriel Fauré and Requiem, Op. 48.
Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. The choral-orchestral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead is the best known of his large works.
Fauré’s reasons for composing the work are unclear, but do not appear to have had anything to do with the death of his parents in the mid-1880s. He composed the work in the late 1880s and revised it in the 1890s, finalizing it in 1900.
A short requiem lasting 35 minutes, it is written for orchestra, organ, mixed chorus and two soloists, soprano and baritone, and performed in Latin. It consists of seven movements; most famous is the central soprano aria Pie Jesu.
The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 in La Madeleine, Paris. In 1924 the Requiem, in its full orchestral version, was performed at Fauré’s own funeral. It was not performed in the United States until 1931, at a student concert at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. It was first performed in England in 1936.
Cat No: NM 1020
released March 31, 2018