Sunday, March 05, 2017

Vespers: Gabriel Fauré's Requiem

This is the Sinfonia Rotterdam and the Laurenscantorij Rotterdam performing Gabriel's Fauré's "Requiem."

Rotterdam's chamber orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, performs more than thirty concerts annually. The orchestra specializes in a repertoire from the beginning of the classical period.

The Laurenscantorij Rotterdam is a young, semi professional choir based in the Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Founded in 1966, it has established a tradition for the performance of Bach works and other composition from the 16th to the 21st century.

Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation.

Fauré wrote of the work, "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845 – 1924) was a French Romantic composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers.

Fauré's music has been described as linking the end of Romanticism with the modernism of the second quarter of the 20th century. When he was born, Chopin was still composing, and by the time of Fauré's death, jazz and the atonal music of the Second Viennese School were being heard. The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which describes him as the most advanced composer of his generation in France, notes that his harmonic and melodic innovations influenced the teaching of harmony for later generations.

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