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To follow their excellent recording of the Fauré Requiem, Stephen Cleobury, the Choir of King’s and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment have now turned their focus to the Requiem of Duruflé. It is given in the less-recorded 1961 version for organ and small orchestra (strings, trumpets, harp and timpani) – often a popular choice for choral societies – with Patricia Bardon a richly voiced mezzo-soprano soloist in the Pie Jesu. Instead of using a baritone soloist, Cleobury opts for Duruflé’s perfectly viable alternative of using the choir’s male voices en masse. The choir and the King’s organ (played by Tom Etheridge) are beautifully caught in the famously generous chapel

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