FAURE: Requiem Op. 48, Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11Ave Verum Corpus, Tantum Ergo Op.55,

SAINT-SAËNS: Ave Verum Corpus, DE SEVERAC: Tantum Ergo

1 CD - Convivium Records CR016
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original title: Faure: Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine

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  • This new arrangement of Fauré's Requiem, for string quintet and organ by Michael Higgins, was first
    performed on Remembrance Sunday in 2007 in the intimate setting of the choir stalls at St. John’s Church, Wimbledon. By using a small number of singers, similar to the 20 or so in Fauré’s choir at the Madeleine, added to the chamber music quality of the strings, unique colours and textures are created which breathe new life into an otherwise familiar but continually evolving work.
    Fauré’s 'Ave verum corpus' is written in a style that recalls his Requiem – simple and emotional. The text, attributed to Pope Innocent VI, is a prayer for the Feast of Corpus Christi and in just five lines covers
    the Incarnation, the Passion, the Eucharist and the Last Judgement. The 'Cantique de Jean Racine' is an early work, winning first prize from l’Ecole de Musique Classique et Religieuse of Paris where he was a student of Camille Saint-Saëns. Scored originally with harmonium and string quartet accompaniment, recorded here in a new arrangement for string quintet, one can hear rhythmic triplets contrasting with the steady declamation of Racine’s text.

    Convivium Singers is an award winning, critically acclaimed choral ensemble, providing opportunities for young singers at the early stages of performing careers, as well as for talented musicians who have chosen
    not to pursue careers in music. The ensemble specialises in performing and recording sacred and secular music by living British composers. They were described as "an extraordinarily good choir to listen to" by BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review’, with reference to the recently released [Naxos] disc of music by Jonathan Dove.
    Convivium Singers have also delved into early music, and their CD of motets by Peter Philips (Convivium
    Records) received a five-star review in Choir & Organ.
    Johnny Herford won the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Song Prize and of the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.
  • Convivium Singers

    Georgina Stalbow [soprano]
    Johnny Herford [baritone]
    Convivium Singers
    Neil Ferris [conductor]

    Quintet: Helen Davies, Rosie Tompsett [violins]
    Amy Stanford [viola], Leonie Adams [cello]
    Alice Kent [double bass]
  • 1 CD - 0h 51mn 0s
    upc/ean. 700153370028
    ref. CR016
    Recorded at St John the Evangelist Upper Norwood, 26th-28th July 2012release date. 2014-04-07