Blue Heron Presents Complete Performance of Gabriel Fauré
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
11 Garden Street
May 30, 2020
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In collaboration with our friends and colleagues from A Far Cry, we present to you today a complete performance of Gabriel Fauré’s famous Requiem in the composer’s original scoring for voices and a small orchestra of divided violas and cellos, contrabass, organ, harp, and timpani; a solo violin appears only in the Sanctus.
Besides the rich sonorousness of the orchestra, which was a fundamental part of Fauré’s conception of the work, we restore to the Latin the traditional French pronunciation Fauré would have expected; indeed, he could have imagined no other. Not only does French Latin make better sense of certain aspects of his declamation, its reedy vowels and softened consonants lend a characteristically French elegance and refinement to this perfectly poised, most serene Requiem.
Enjoy! Stay well and stay sane! All the best from Blue Heron.
To watch the full series of performances, click here