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  Duruflé: Requiem - The Choir of Magdalen College
  Duruflé: Requiem Op. 9, Quatre Motets, Messe "Cum Jublio", 4 pieces for organ

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford
Bill Ives
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  Classical - Vocal
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Site review by Geohominid December 23, 2008
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Review by JJ January 24, 2009 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem Op.9, first performed in 1947 under the direction of Roger Désormière, is known in three versions, as remarks François-René Tranchefort: “one with a large orchestra and organ, another with solo organ; and finally a “church” version, as it is called, with a small orchestra, published in 1961, no doubt the one that is best suited to the spirit of the work (that is, for organ and string quintet with, if one wishes, a harp, two or three trumpets, and two, three or four kettledrums).” Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and studied composition under Paul Dukas before studying the organ under Louis Vierne and Charles Tournemire. His output was not very abundant, but his Requiem, Four Motets, Mass “Cum Jubilo”, and organ pieces remain inspired, and are as such invaluable. The present recording relies on the 1961 version and the result is a small miracle of balance, refinement, and restrained passion. Pulsating an omnipresent clarity (solos, voices, chorus, and instruments), the French composer’s famous score reacquires undeniable fresh accents by offering us the purest of celestial images. Here, once again, pure DSD does miracles both in multicanal and in stereo by allowing the listener to fully taste the naturalness of the tones and colors that accompany them.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 7  

Maurice Durufle - Chant Donne
Maurice Durufle - Fugue, Op. 12
Maurice Durufle - Meditation
Maurice Durufle - Messe "Cum Jublio"
Maurice Durufle - Prelude sur l'introit de l'Epiphanie, Op. 13
Maurice Durufle - Quatre Motets
Maurice Durufle - Requiem, Op. 9