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Fauré: Requiem - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (chamber ensemble); Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano); Mark Dobell (tenor);...
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  1. Ave verum corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618
  2. Vesperae solennes de confessore, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339
  3. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48
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Both in the program and in the forces involved, this disc presents unexpected combinations. The virtuoso British choir the Sixteen and conductor Harry Christophers have specialized in clean, accessible recordings of works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. And the pairing of Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339, with the Fauré Requiem is unusual to say the least. This recording, made live at London's Barbican Centre, doesn't completely succeed in knitting things together. Indeed, the cover bills only the ...