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Requiem

by Cambridge Chamber Singers

This recording of Durufle's stunning choral masterpiece, performed with a full chamber orchestra and organ, powerfully captures both the fear and hope of post-war Europe.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. Introit
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2. Kyrie
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3. Domine Jesu Christe
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4. Sanctus
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5. Pie Jesu (feat. Sara Bielanski)
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6. Agnus Dei
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7. Lux Aeterna
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8. Libera Me
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9. In Paradisum
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Maurice Duruflé Requiem, Op. 9

A virtuoso organist, Duruflé moved to Paris from Rouen in 1919, at the age of 17. There
he worked with most of the great French organists of the early 20th century. By 1929
Duruflé had the post of “titular” [primary] organist of St. Étienne-du-Mont, where he
remained until his death in 1986. Duruflé’s compositional output is modest, consisting
of fewer than 20 works. Since he was a virtuoso organist, the organ accompaniment to
the Requiem is technically demanding: almost a concerto for the instrument. Duruflé’s
reputation rests with the Requiem, considered his masterwork. It was in the context
of a war-ravaged France, in 1947, that Duruflé completed this choral masterpiece, the
Requeim, op. 9, dedicated to the memory of his father. While certainly an expression of
devoutness and faith, it is not without irony, even confusion. Quiet prayers explode into
desperate beseeching, and there are many notes that damnably refuse to resolve, even in
the final chord. Perhaps its expressive power lies in its mix of sublime faith and humble
humanness.

The Cambridge Chamber Singers, a premier Boston based choral ensemble, has
distinguished itself with innovative and diverse programming; yearly commissions and
premieres; and collaborations, including those with Richard Stoltzman, Renaissonics, the
Nature Conservancy, and Amnesty International. Based in Cambridge, MA, the ensemble
has performed throughout the Boston area and on local radio broadcasts, as well as in
Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. In the summer of 2007 the group performed
their Centennial Tribute to the MacDowell Colony on the Millennium Stage of the
Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In 1999 the group released a compact disc, Pour le
Temps de Noël, featuring French Christmas music. In 2011 their second CD, Madrigalia!,
was released.

Conductor, composer, and arts administrator Raymond E. Fahrner
has directed the Cambridge Chamber Singers for over 25 years. During this time he has
brought to light 33 world premieres and over 100 American premieres, including those
of Gyorgy Ligeti. Musicians as disparate as Richard Stoltzman and Joey McIntyre have
come under his baton. He has also conducted the Old Stoughton Musical Society, the
Boston Chamber Ensemble, the Jamaica Plain Symphony, the Greater Marlborough Symphony
Orchestra, the Cape Cod Community College Chorus. Currently, the Director of
Performing Arts at the Colleges of the Fenway, he conducts the Colleges of the Fenway
Chorus and the Colleges of the Fenway Jazz Band. An award-winning composer and fellow
of the MacDowell Colony, his compositions include works for orchestra, chorus, jazz
band, television and theater, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for which he was
awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship. In 2012 his The
Turning Point, for orchestra, was released on Ravello Records.

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