Durufle: Complete Music for Choir and Organ

Durufle: Complete Music for Choir and Organ
Composer Maurice Duruflé
Artist Benjamin Saunders organ
Daniel Justin organ
Adriano Falcioni organ
The Choir of Leeds Cathedral
Skipton Building Society Camerata
Thomas Leech conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 9264
EAN code 5029365926423
Release September 2013

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Here is presented the heart of the small, carefully wrought oeuvre of a French composer whose name became a byword for compositional fastidiousness no less than that of his compatriots Ravel and Dutilleux. Of course these latter two wrote no sacred music whereas Maurice Duruflé was a cradle and devout Catholic, who regarded his art as at the service of the Church and composed almost no secular music beyond a set of three orchestral dances of refined instrumental colour and rhythmic sophistication. Indeed, it was Duruflé's talents as an orchestrator that have led some to prefer the full-orchestra version of his most famous work, the Requiem, over the original version for choir and organ alone which has more obvious liturgical possibilities. Here, however, we have the opportunity to hear another version: the reduced orchestra and organ one, which is said to have been the composer’s preferred rendition of the work and which undoubtedly forms one of the highlights of this release, recordings of it being far and few between. The Requiem is followed by a selection of pieces that make up the rest of the composer’s oeuvre for choir and organ – these include the four beautiful unaccompanied motets, works for which plainchant was again a source of inspiration.

The organist is Adriano Falcioni, who has already made a pair of fine albums for Brilliant Classics including the complete organ works of César Franck. Here he tackles the fearsome intricacy of Duruflé's prelude and fugue, written in memory of his prodigiously gifted but tragically short-lived contemporary Jehan Alain, and the hardly less challenging brilliance of the Op.5 Suite with its characteristically French final Toccata.

Other information:
- Detailed booklet notes.
- Sung texts and translations.
- Organ specification included.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Requiem, Op. 9: I. Introït
  2. Requiem, Op. 9: II. Kyrie
  3. Requiem, Op. 9: III. Domine Jesu Christe
  4. Requiem, Op. 9: IV. Sanctus
  5. Requiem, Op. 9: V. Pie Jesu
  6. Requiem, Op. 9: VI. Agnus Dei
  7. Requiem, Op. 9: VII. Lux aeterna
  8. Requiem, Op. 9: VIII. Libera me
  9. Requiem, Op. 9: IX. In paradisum
  10. Quatre Motets sur des thèmes Grégoriens, Op. 10: I. Ubi caritas et amor
  11. Quatre Motets sur des thèmes Grégoriens, Op. 10: II. Tota pulchra es, Maria
  12. Quatre Motets sur des thèmes Grégoriens, Op. 10: III. Tu es Petrus
  13. Quatre Motets sur des thèmes Grégoriens, Op. 10: IV. Tantum ergo
  14. Notre Père, Op. 14
  15. Messe ‘Cum jubilo’, Op. 11: I. Kyrie
  16. Messe ‘Cum jubilo’, Op. 11: II. Gloria
  17. Messe ‘Cum jubilo’, Op. 11: III. Sanctus
  18. Messe ‘Cum jubilo’, Op. 11: IV. Benedictus
  19. Messe ‘Cum jubilo’, Op. 11: V. Agnus Dei

Disk 2

  1. Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4: Prélude
  2. Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4: Adagio
  3. Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4: Choral varié
  4. Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Épiphanie, Op. 13
  5. Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la cathédrale de Soissons, Op. 12
  6. Scherzo, Op. 2
  7. Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7: Prélude
  8. Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7: Fugue
  9. Méditation, Op. Posth.
  10. Hommage à Jean Gallon
  11. Suite, Op. 5: I. Prélude
  12. Suite, Op. 5: II. Sicilienne
  13. Suite, Op. 5: III. Toccata