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 recording was adjudged "Record of the Month" in EMG Handmade Gramophones review, printed in April 1976. The reviewer wrote:

"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."

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.

Track list
  1. Requiem
  2. Cantique de Jean Racine

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