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Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, August 2012

In this performance of the Requiem the chorus really come into their own under Järvi. Good as they have been earlier, here they excel. Baritone Matthias Goerne sings with beautiful even tone and phrases with a delicacy that complements the music to perfection. The Pie Jesu (CH.9) is sung with excellent purity of tone by the soprano Chen Reiss. She nearly obliterates from my mind’s ear the treble voice of Jonathan Bond in that memorable recording by the Academy of St Martins under George Guest (Decca). © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, May 2012

FAURE, G.: Requiem / Cantique de Jean Racine (P. Jarvi) (NTSC) 2058878
FAURE, G.: Requiem / Cantique de Jean Racine (P. Jarvi) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2058874

This is an appealing concert that cleverly mixes the familiar with the unfamiliar and includes a well-known piece in an unfamiliar guise...Beating two-in-a-bar, Paavo Järvi keeps the music flowing along nicely.

Eric Picard plays with fervor…

Järvi brings a similar no-nonsense approach to the full-orchestral version of the Requiem…The violas and cellos are wonderfully expressive throughout: just listen to the hairpin dynamics, intensified when the phrase is repeated, as they accompany Matthias Goerne’s noble baritone at ‘Quam olim Abrahae’…the 90-strong choir sings well. Isabelle Soulard’s video direction is pleasingly unobtrusive. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert Benson, May 2012

The Requiem here is coupled with four other works by Fauré, and together they make a very pleasant if rather short program. Chen Reiss is the radiant soprano soloist in Pie Jesu, and baritone Matthias Goerne has the perfect voice for the Offertorium and Libera me. Video is excellent… © 2012 Read complete review

Jeffrey Kauffman, April 2012

The Orchestre de Paris has only relatively recently appointed Paavo Järvi its new musical director, but the youngish Estonian-American conductor already seems to be firmly in control of the situation…he has an excellent grasp of Fauré’s always spectacular architecture. The concert is a wonderful combination of two of Fauré’s best known and most celebrated pieces along with a trio of frankly lesser known works that nonetheless deserve far greater recognition.

The balance between the soloists, whether vocal or instrumental, and the main orchestral masses is excellent, and fidelity remains very strong throughout all frequency ranges.

Fauré: Requiem is a wonderful introduction to this magnificent composer’s work for those who may not be acquainted with him. Fauré builds his power slowly, through the steady accretion of ideas, rather than sudden forceful outbursts or manic depressive fits of euphoria followed by melancholia. He is a remarkably fluid melodist, one who just seems genetically incapable of writing a less than memorable “tune”, and that facility has sometimes led to critics thinking he’s less than profound. Anyone who has ventured into Fauré’s music at a technical or structural level knows that to be manifestly not the case. This is music of supreme intellect and heart, lovingly crafted and gorgeously wrought. These performances are splendid and capture the Gallic charm of the composer. Recommended. © 2012 Read complete review

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