This CD contains some of the most deservedly popular music of the French composer Gabriel Fauré in solid performances. The gentle consolatory Requiem benefits from the presence of Elly Ameling, whose crystalline voice is perfectly suited to the "Pie Jesu" solo. The Netherlands Radio Chorus sings beautifully, while Bernard Kruysen is rapt and idiomatic, but somewhat tremulous and not as substantial vocally as others who have recorded this brief but important role.
The rest of the CD contains the familiar Pavane and the Pelléas and Mélisande incidental music, from whence is derived the ubiquitous Sicilienne. Listeners who are not acquainted with the rest of the music will be pleased to hear that it is equally as beautiful. One surprise to me--one of the other numbers in this suite shares a melody with the almost equally well-known Fantaisie for Flute, Op. 79. All of it is superbly played and conducted. At this price this is certainly a very competitive version of the Requiem, for all but die-hard baritone fans.
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