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Until the appearance of the editions by John Rutter and Denis Arnold in the early 1980s, the Fauré Requiem was largely known as a full-scale concert work for large choir and orchestra. David Hill has pared the work back to violin, cello, organ and harp to offer an even more transparent sound than we are accustomed to, which may well be of practical use to good church and chamber choirs with limited instrumental resources. This does mean that the organ has to provide a lot more colour than is usual; but it is in constant supply from Robert Bennesh on this disc. However, the well-blended voices of Yale’s Schola Cantorum deliver a somewhat vanilla reading of the Requiem for Hill. The remainder of the CD is more compelling: a collection of Fauré’s Latin motets and the Messe basse, plus a couple of organ fugues, crowned by an expressive account of the Cantique de Jean Racine, again arranged by Hill.

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