30 Nov 2017

FAURÉ: Requiem

From Music Alive, 7:00 pm on 30 November 2017
Orpheus Choir of Wellington September 2017

Orpheus Choir of Wellington September 2017 Photo: RNZ/David McCaw

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) wrote to a friend:

It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.

The beautiful Requiem speaks of eternal rest and suggests we can look forward to death without fear of the last Judgement. Of all Fauré's works, it is the most often performed and recorded.

Recorded 30 September 2017, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul by RNZ Concert

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Graham Kennedy