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Dedicated to the estimated 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide in Turkey during the first world war, fellow countryman Tigran Mansurian’s Requiem draws its musical references from both the western church tradition and the antique monody of the composer’s birthplace. The result is an eclectic work marked by glowing regret, luminous introspection and bursts of animated outrage unlike any other setting of the Latin Mass for the Dead. The RIAS Kammerchor sing with due solemnity, arcing their way through Mansurian’s long melodic lines with lithe gracefulness, their chamber orchestra colleagues no less deftunder Alexander Liebreich’s sensitive but incisive conducting. Recorded sound is exquisitely atmospheric.

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