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Re: Durufle: Requiem, Op. Jesse Eschbach was a student of Marie-Madeliene Chevalier-Durufle and, as was the case for all of her students, benefited from comments about his lessons made by Durufle to her. I know of at least one other of her students who has recorded a widely admired Requiem, and that is Dennis Keene.
Both soloists do a adequate job, although the mezzo sang with the beginnings of a wobble. The Libera Me was handled with aplomb, and made a wonderful transition to the In Paradisum, the final movement. This movement can take on a passive effect almost rendering it static, and the task is for the ensemble to achieve an energy level such that the audience remains engaged while experiencing the peaceful nature of the final movement.
The organ was built by the Bedient Organ Company, a firm from Nebraska specializing in fine hand built organs, finally completed in , and the instrument sounded very good. The disc is filled out with some imaginative pieces, a mixed group of short pieces all of which evoke spirituality and exploiting the chorus to great effect. A very nice recording. After ten months and several surgeries for both, Mme.
Durufle was able to resume her duties as organist but Durufle was never able to return to public performance. He was able to keep his post at the Conservatory and continued teaching his Harmony class.
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