Cherubini: Requiem & Marche Funebre

Matthew Best: Corydon Orchestra, Corydon Singers

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA66805

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Release Date:  01 February 1996

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571168050

Genres:  Classical  Orchestral  

  • Description

    Posterity has a habit of elevating the obscure and neglecting the famous. Thus it is that Cherubini, hailed by Beethoven as 'the greatest living composer', is today often forgotten; 'If I were to write a Requiem, Cherubini's would be my only model', Beethoven continued and the work was performed at his funeral in 1827. Schumann's opinion was that it was 'without equal in the world'. Berlioz considered that 'the decrescendo in the Agnus Dei surpasses everything that has ever been written of the kind'. Cherubini was anxious to reflect the spirit as well as the meaning of the text and so, to avoid any unwelcome associations with opera, he decided to dispense altogether with soloists. It is a work of remarkable intensity, full of attractive choral and orchestral writing. The orchestral Marche funèbre is no solemn ceremonial but an anguished, grief-stricken death-march: perhaps the work Beethoven had in mind when he described Cherubini as 'Europe's foremost dramatic composer'.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Marche Funebre
      • 2. Requiem In C Minor: Introit and Kyrie
      • 3. Requiem In C Minor: Graduale
      • 4. Requiem In C Minor: Dies Irae
      • 5. Requiem In C Minor: Offertorium Domine Jesu Christe
      • 6. Requiem In C Minor: Offertorium Hostias
      • 7. Requiem In C Minor: Sanctus
      • 8. Requiem In C Minor: Pie Jesu
      • 9. Requiem In C Minor: Agnus Dei