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CBC, July 2013

The 100 Greatest Canadian Album Ever (No. 88 of 100)

Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec were the first to break the stony silence that hung over Manhattan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It seems deeply cynical to say they were lucky to be there, but Mozart’s gripping Requiem—full of pathos, compassion and brimming with man’s fragility—was exactly what New York City and the world needed to hear. Nine days after those tragic events, they performed and recorded in New York and captured all of that intensity and passion. They are a great orchestra and choir and this is a great recording that won a Juno Award in 2002. © 2013 CBC

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