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Recording #4 - a Feast of Fauré

22 October 2016

Over the last two days, in the freezing cold confines of St Matthew's, Church (note for future reference: the forced air heating is too noisy for recording sessions) the choir, accompanied by soloists and instrumentalists recorded their fourth commercial CD recording. Requiem Reflections has been recorded in memory of Constance Travis (1911-2015), a stage actress who married into the family that owned the Northamptonshire firm that eventually became Travis Perkins. In later life, she became a philanthropist whose Trust gives away more than £2 million a year to registered charities dedicated to the arts, medical research and patient care.

Ray and Constance Travis
Organist Stephen Moore

The major work on the disc is, of course, Fauré's Requiem, using the reduced scoring by David Hill (Conductor of the other Bach Choir (!)) for solo violin, cello, harp, and organ. The choir were joined by local soloists Philippa Hyde, Gwion Thomas, and Robert Tilson. Arranged in a tight semicircle around the instrumentalists kept us all cosy and warm, whilst Gary and Andrew in the engineering booth had a small fan heater for company. Our Musical Director also helped keep our spirits warm with his special "final session" costume, as well as Tricolore bunting and a seven-foot cardboard Tour Eiffel.

Maestro Dunleavy gets all French
The Eiffel Tower is in place

The choir also recorded Fauré's Messe Brève, compiled from Fauré's movements from the Messe des Pêcheurs de Villerville (composed with André Messager), and his Messe basse. These works were written for upper voices, so Lee has added parts for tenor and bass, and adjusted the organ part to suit. The final choral work is Fauré's 1891 Tantum ergo for solo tenor, chorus, organ, and harp.

The First Friday Downbeat
St Matthew bedecked in French finery

Our instrumentalists also contributed Dewey Owens' transcription for violin, cello, and harp, of the Pavane op. 50, and his rarely-performed work for solo harp, Une châtelaine en sa tour ....

Over the coming week the choir will thaw out and begin preparations for both their Christmas concert, and their forthcoming performance of Poulenc's Gloria with the RPO. Never a dull moment!