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Not often does one come across an unknown but important choral work, and in this imaginative pairing Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor, performed in honour of King Louis XVI in 1816, is juxtaposed against Charles-Henri Plantade’s Requiem in D minor, performed in 1823 on the 30th anniversary of the death of Queen Marie-Antoinette. The Plantade is an interesting amalgam of ancien régime plainchant modality and the operatic drama and orchestration found in the Revolutionary works of Méhul and Cherubini. The choral and orchestral sound is full of rhythmic clarity, matched by excellent acoustics and appropriate tempi. Very highly recommended.

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