Campra: Messe de Requiem

Salomé Haller, Sarah Gendrot, Rolf Ehlers, Benoît Haller, Philip Niederberger SSATB, ensemble3 vocal et instrumental, Hans Michael Beuerle
Carus 83.391

Carus has become quite a force in the vocal/choral music world, publishing excellent editions at sensible prices and a very useful series of companion recordings, some of epic proportions (anyone for 10 CDs of Rheinberger’s sacred vocal music?). They publish both the works on this recording and I for one will be buying and performing them. Campra’s Requiem  may be mysterious in origin and have an unorthodox tonal scheme but it is nevertheless a really fine work, well served by this recording in which the forces are conspicuously all on the same side. The integration of choral, instrumental and solo elements is consistently neat. There are a few intonation issues in the Sanctus  for the baritone soloist and solo ensembles in general do not always meet perfectly on unisons at cadences but none of this prevented my enjoying either the mass or the accompanying De profundis, also a very strong work. The booklet (Ger/Eng/Fre) is not immune from minor translation oddities but is both thorough and complete (essay, biograghies, Latin translated into all the modern languages used elsewhere).
David Hansell

David Hansell