Fauré Requiem/Figure Humaine

Here the Ensemble Aedes presents three major French composers of the Belle Époque. Contemporary audiences were struck by the peaceful serenity of Fauré’s requiem, and it is this version, on historic instruments, which the Ensemble Aedes has chosen. It is juxtaposed with key works by Francis Poulenc, including Figure Humaine, composed in secret during the German Occupation, premièred in 1945, and culminating in a setting of Paul Éluard’s overwhelmingly moving hymn to Liberty.

Claude DEBUSSY, Three Songs of Charles d’Orléans
Francis POULENC, Figure Humaine, poems by Paul Eluard
Francis POULENC, Litanies à la Vierge noire
Gabriel FAURERequiem (original version on historic instruments)

1h20 minutes with no interval
36 singers
23 instrumentalists
1 conductor

Les Siècles
Mathieu Romano conductor


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