Presented by Catherine Bott
Although widely known for his chamber music and French songs, it is with his Requiem that Faure produced his magnum opus - a much-loved masterpiece. Serenely beautiful and deeply moving, it makes a profound impact on listeners and performers alike.
The BBC Singers perform the Requiem in a new version for choir and small instrumental ensemble arranged by David Hill, and it is preceded by a rarely-heard large-scale setting of Psalm 130, De profundis, by the great French organ virtuoso Marcel Dupre, who thought of himself as an organist first and composer second. This Psalm is richly textured and virtuosic.
Dupre: De profundis
Daniel Hyde (organ)
Amyn Merchant (violin)
Graham Bradshaw (cello)
Sioned Williams (harp)
conductor David Hill
Followed by the Arcanto Quartet, recorded earlier this year at Wigmore Hall, London.
Beethoven: Quartet in F, Op.51 no.1 'Razumovsky'.