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Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48; Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite, Op. 80; Pavane, Op. 50
Sherrill Milnes, Gabriel Faure, Charles Dutoit
Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48; Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite, Op. 80; Pavane, Op. 50
Genre: Classical
 
A fine French touch is evident in this collaboration between the Swiss- born conductor Charles Dutoit and his Canadian orchestra. They give a highly polished performance of the standard Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, a read...  more »

     
   
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A fine French touch is evident in this collaboration between the Swiss- born conductor Charles Dutoit and his Canadian orchestra. They give a highly polished performance of the standard Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, a reading both suave and supple that is characterized throughout by a remarkable beauty of sound. Emphasizing the idyllic aspect of Fauré's conception, Dutoit is at his best in the suite's inner movements. The recording is ideally atmospheric and well detailed, and, combined with Fauré's Requiem, is the preferred one. --Ted Libbey

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It lacks spark
Ch Morris | The Netherlands | 02/09/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It does tend to drag a bit; ironically, even a requiem mass should have a bit of life to it. And the balance between the instruments and singers needs adjustment-a bit muddy for my tastes.

However, the Pelleas part was quite satisfactory"
This is a beautiful CD
William Lee Bynum | Williamsburg, VA USA | 04/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Faure Requiem is glorious and beautiful. This is a sensitive
performance from the orchestra, choir, Milnes, and Ti Kanawa.
The disc is worth having just for this work. The Pelleas et
Melisande Suite and Pavane are extra bonuses of Faure's
beautiful melodies."
Take Your Time
Music Is Everything | Colorado Springs, CO USA | 12/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having heard many performances of this piece, I have to differ with the reviewers here who say this performance "drags." Faure's Requiem is not a dramatic stage production like Verdi's, or a liturgical heavyweight like Mozart's. Faure's approach is entirely meditative and contemplative. You're supposed to float along with the gorgeous sounds. Dutoit sets up such a quiet continuity that the one major climax in the Requiem sounds overwhelming, even though it would be a quiet moment in the Verdi. Dutoit and Montreal recorded much of the Romantic and Contemporary French repertoire exceedingly well, and this is no exception. With a fine Pelleas et Melisande on the same disc, this is the one to own."