Author Topic: Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)  (Read 9750 times)

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Re: Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2016, 02:52:57 AM »
This is a wonderful new recording of Durufle's moving 'Requiem' from 1947. It is now my favourite recording, and I have many of this work. Michel Legrand's and the composer's own version are my previous favourites. I also prefer this version for a small orchestra, organ, choir and mezzo-soprano. The coupling is wonderful too - the Mass 'Cum Jubilo' - my second favourite work of Durufle's along with the Prelude and Fugue in memory of Jean Alain.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Durufle-Requiem-Messe-Jubilo-Motets/dp/B01HSFG6E8/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1481539018&sr=1-1&keywords=durufle+requiem
Don't forget the other coupling - the Four Motets.
I recently bought the recording too, and I like it very much, but I am not familiar with other recordings of the work.

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Re: Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2016, 02:57:28 AM »
Don't forget the other coupling - the Four Motets.
I recently bought the recording too, and I like it very much, but I am not familiar with other recordings of the work.


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Yes, the Four Motets are very fine too.
I don't think you need any other recording as this one is so good in terms of both performance and recording.
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Re: Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2019, 12:38:52 PM »
This is a wonderful new recording of Durufle's moving 'Requiem' from 1947. It is now my favourite recording, and I have many of this work. Michel Legrand's and the composer's own version are my previous favourites. I also prefer this version for a small orchestra, organ, choir and mezzo-soprano. The coupling is wonderful too - the Mass 'Cum Jubilo' - my second favourite work of Durufle's along with the Prelude and Fugue in memory of Jean Alain.

Image won't appear - here is link:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Durufle-Requiem-Messe-Jubilo-Motets/dp/B01HSFG6E8/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1481539018&sr=1-1&keywords=durufle+requiem
Sadly the conductor Sir Stephen Cleobury died a few days ago. This CD is a fine tribute to his talent:
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Re: Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2019, 03:29:32 AM »
Awful news, very sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in peace.

As for Duruflé, I have been discovering his music lately through the Eric Lebrun/Michel Piquemal Naxos series. I have not heard the one with the Requiem, but his Messe Cum Jubilo is very good, as is his organ music. A very interesting composer. A mix of Catholic liturgical music and high impressionism.

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Re: Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2019, 03:36:17 AM »
Awful news, very sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in peace.

As for Duruflé, I have been discovering his music lately through the Eric Lebrun/Michel Piquemal Naxos series. I have not heard the one with the Requiem, but his Messe Cum Jubilo is very good, as is his organ music. A very interesting composer. A mix of Catholic liturgical music and high impressionism.

Yes, the CD above links the Requiem with the Messe Cum Jubilo - a fine combination. Durufle did not write much but, as with Finzi I think, everything is of a very high quality.

The Prélude et Fugue sur le Nom Alain is the other work I like very much (for organ).

Here it is:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Or147RQSBOM
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).