• Debussy: Nocturnes – Duruflé: Requiem

    Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kožená, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

    Debussy: Nocturnes – Duruflé: Requiem 1 cd CKD623
    Linn Records

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Released to coincide with his third season as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Robin Ticciati has forged a close and highly successful partnership with his orchestra. This, his fourth recording with DSO Berlin, continues his series of music by French composers (Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, Duparc) with a significant move into choral music: the Duruflé Requiem. Ticciati is joined by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, who has performed Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées and Duparc songs on previous DSO recordings, and the Grammy award-winning Rundfunkchor Berlin. Written in response to Fauré’s own Requiem and with Debussy’s influence paramount, Duruflé created one of the most significant sacred works of the twentieth century. Ticciati describes this masterpiece as “a balm for the soul, a score filled with tremendous hope and peaceful searching”. Most typically recorded with organ accompaniment, Ticciati has chosen to record Duruflé’s own orchestrated version which allows the conductor to create a unique blend of choral and orchestral colours recalling the sound-world of Debussy and the Impressionists. Fittingly the programme also includes Debussy’s Nocturnes, a welcome addition following the critically-acclaimed reception of Ticciati’s recording of La mer.         

"Ticciati’s handling of the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester and the Rundfunk Choir Berlin is uniformly suave."
The Times
"With unerring assurance, Ticciati and his superb Berlin orchestra develop an atmosphere of tranquility and beauty... there is no reason to hesitate with this exceptional album that enticingly couples two French masterworks."
MusicWeb International
"...what I think Ticciati has done is change how we hear the Duruflé...this is genuinely thrilling."
BBC Radio 3
"Kožená finds demure tenderness in the Pie Jesu; the choral singing is mellifluously wholesome, the orchestral wash heartwarmingly beautiful."
The Scotsman
"The performances have some fine qualities, Robin Ticciati coaxing shimmering textures from his orchestra."
BBC Music Magazine, November 2019
"Singing and playing strike me as excellent and this spiritual embrace of a piece is engineered to Linn’s highest standards."
Gramophone, Awards 2019 issue
"I enjoyed this disc very much. The performance standard is extremely high and Robin Ticciati is in evident sympathy with both scores."
MusicWeb International, 8th November 2019
"“A marvelous performance in all aspects. This has become a favorite recording.”"
American Record Guide, 13 December 2019
"Sound Quality 95% Kožená's solo made me simply whisper 'wow!' and I like the way choral sections are separated over the soundstage. An outstanding Linn CD."
Hi-Fi News, January 2020