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Gabriel Fauré: Requiem; Maurice Duruflé: Requiem - Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano); Charles Tunnell (cello); English Chamber Orchestra (chamber ensemble); Jose-Luis Garcia (Asensio) (violin); Olaf Bär (baritone); Peter Barley (organ); Richard Eteson (treble); King's College Choir of Cambridge
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  1. Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions)
  2. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48
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In opposition to the nineteenth century's taste for grand, operatic requiems as exemplified by the works of Berlioz and Verdi, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé both sought to make their requiems more appropriate for liturgical use and to avoid drama as much as possible. Neither setting makes use of the terrifying Dies Irae, and references to the Apocalypse are brief. Instead, the emphasis is placed on the Requiem's peaceful texts, since eternal rest is uppermost in both composers' conceptions. Considering that the Choir of ...