Music by Gabriel Fauré

Music by Gabriel Fauré

Music by Gabriel Fauré
Director of Music: 
George Guest
Organ Scholar: 
Stephen Cleobury
Release date: 
February 1976
Featuring: 
  • Benjamin Luxon (Baritone)
  • Jonathon Bond (Treble)
  • Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Record label: 
Argo
Catalogue number: 
Argo ZRG 841

This disc is available as part of the Decca Classics Box Set of George Guest's recordings with St John's. More information on the set is available here.

The Decca re-release of this recording was given First Choice in BBC Radio 3's 'Building a Library' (March 2003).

Track list

  1. Requiem
  2. Cantique de Jean Racine

Reviews

Sometimes it is hard to described exactly why a performance comes up to perfection in a recording, and this is an instance where our breath was taken away by the solemn beauty and absolute 'rightness' of vocal quality, orchestral playing, choice, registration and balance of the organ... Here, at last, from no less than five versions of the Requiem in the last three years, we have what we consider to be the ideal performance

Record of the Month, EMG Handmade Gramophones (April 1976)

Here's almost two and a half hours of bliss. These are recordings to set aside for the time when, as the prayer says, 'the busy world is hushed'

Decca re-release, Gramophone (2010)

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