A delightful requiem
M. J. Smith | Seattle, WA USA | 10/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"October's gone, November's here - requiem time again and so many to choose between: Mozart, Verdi, Hasse, Perosi, Biber, Schumann ... and for one of the best contemporary requiems, Durufle. This is a hopeful not vengeful requiem based upon Gregorian chant themes with modern harmonies. It is a concert piece rather than a liturgical piece which gives Durufle more freedom - the result is an astounding orchestra, choir and soloist work with emotional subtlities unusual in the requiem mass format."
B. R. Merrick | 01/13/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Whether it's choirs that don't know how to blend, an orchestra that doesn't know how to stay together, or any combination of choirs and instrumentalists that don't know how to play in tune, this gorgeous piece in its full orchestral version does not yet appear to have received the treatment it so desperately needs. Someday someone is going to do justice to this beautiful piece, and give it the interpretation it deserves."