Maurice Duruflé: Requiem

Ottorino Respighi: Concerto gregoriano

BR-KLASSIK 900320 (2017)

Henry Raudales, Okka von der Damerau, Ljubomir Puškarić, Bavarian Radio Choir, Munich Radio Orchestra, Ivan Repušić


Matthias Lange, (22/10/2017)

“In both of these works, the Munich Radio Orchestra shimmers with splendid colours and subtle nuances, enjoyably sonorous even in the impressionist Duruflé’s aesthetics. One can hear a noble legato culture: lyricisms without sweetness, rather marked by archaic clarity. Playing with the highly complex rhythmics is also subtle: if one did not know what is written, one would easily think that this sonorous result is a free-floating late Romantic gesture. With a high level of concentration, time and again energies are elegantly unfolded. When performing Respighi, the orchestra captures the rhapsodic sound in a congenial manner. (…) This is a highly promising beginning for the collaboration of the Munich Radio Orchestra with its new principal conductor, Ivan Repušić: Duruflé and Respighi, performed atmospherically dense and extremely delicately (…).”

Marc Rochester, MusicWeb International

“The lavish and luxuriant orchestral writing, far from obscuring or overwhelming, opens up magnificent new vistas, broadens horizons and creates a sense of awe-inspiring wonder which is barely glimpsed in either of the other versions (with chamber orchestra and organ, and with organ alone). This revelatory interpretation of what is one of the most popular Requiems in the repertory, is brought about by Ivan Repušić’s exquisite timing, inspired approach to inner balance and visionary comprehension of the music’s architectural scope. He brings an epic intensity to the climaxes (and an almost unbearable ecstasy to the ‘Hosanna’ of the Sanctus), coaxes a marvellously sumptuous tone from his singers – positively ravishing in Lux Aeterna – and draws from this vast orchestral palette individual instrumental colours which help give a sense of perspective.”

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