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Review Corner, January 2017

We should have played this sooner: it’s superb and would be a great recording for early Christmas morning (or late Christmas Eve).

Excellent… whether enjoyed purely for the music or when taking heed of the religious content. © 2017 Review Corner Read complete review

Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, November 2016

The Philadelphia Singers, a 32-voice chamber chorus, was an accomplished and interpretively superlative ensemble. …They are unfailingly alert, colorful, and remarkably dynamic—I should say explosive, at times—in the Requiem, important assets to the work. …David Hayes, the director of the chorus from 1992 to the end, is clearly inspired by the work, and leads with sensitivity, fire, and conviction. This performance transcends what concerns there may be, and is, in any case, a sadly apt farewell present from a distinguished musical institution. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, October 2016

The Philadelphia Singers, under the tireless, polished leadership of David Hayes, sustain an impressively high level of musicianship over the course of this long and demanding unaccompanied piece. Thompson’s Requiem is revealed here as a major work, unique and masterful, by an important American voice of the last century. I highly recommend it. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review

Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, September 2016

…thanks to this admirable performance of the Requiem recorded complete for the first time. The work acquires new life thanks to the Philadelphia Singers… © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Laurence Vittes
Gramophone, August 2016

…this first recording, by the 32-voice Philadelphia Singers conducted by David Hayes, is not only technically superb but exceptionally warm and passionate; the singers, who are now Resident Chorus of the Philadelphia Orchestra, know both the music and the words, and claim to have given the first-ever live performances of the Requiem by a professional chorus. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, June 2016

This is a spectacularly well sung Requiem, full of many fine moments. This excellent choir receive an equally fine recording from the Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia… © 2016 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, June 2016

…a musically worthy representation of a score that certainly does not deserve the total lack of recognition it has achieved thus far in its existence. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review, May 2016

This Requiem is a work of considerable substance, performed sensitively and even elegantly by singers and a conductor who spent two years preparing the full work for performance and this recording. Their care shows in the meticulous attention to detail that is evident all through a piece that is deeply involving from start to finish. © 2016 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2016

The name of Randall Thompson does not enjoy an international place among major 20th century composers, but among North American choral groups he is revered. Born in 1899, he established a reputation that brought commissions for almost all of his works, his almost exclusive use of American texts was to differentiate his scores from almost all other composers around him. High on his list of outstanding works is the Requiem from 1958, a work lasting some fifty-five minutes and scored for two unaccompanied choirs who hold a dramatic dialogue as ‘a chorus for the faithful’ and a ‘chorus of mourners. In that sense it is not in any way a conventional Requiem, for though it draws its words from Biblical sources, its five parts are titled ‘Lamentations’, ‘The Triumph of Faith’, ‘The Call of Song’, ‘The Garments of Praise’ and ‘The Leave Taking’. For the mourners it is a work in hymnal traditions, while the chorus of faithful sing of the life everlasting. Though it is purely tonal and in the long established choral traditions that stretch back four centuries, it must still prove a challenge to any choir to sustain the intensity and beauty of tone the whole concept requires. This recording carries with it the sadness of losing the famous name of ‘The Philadelphia Singers’, and the dawn of the ‘Resident Chorus of the Philadelphia Orchestra’. They are certainly a fine group of singers who have delighted me, and will certainly send me in search of other works by Thompson. Recorded at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the sound is of the highest quality. Highly recommended. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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