Fauré - Requiem
Fauré claimed that his Requiem (1877, 1887–90), for soprano, baritone, four-part choir and orchestra, was composed merely ‘for the pleasure of it’. Yet this radiantly sensual score was also written as a conscious reaction against Berlioz’s gargantuan 1837 setting, throughout which Fauré felt ‘taste for large dramatic effects and indifference towards religious music may find equal satisfaction’.
8. Cantique de Jean Racine
9–12. Pelléas et Mélisande 16.30