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LANCINO, T.: Requiem (Grant-Murphy, Gubisch, Skelton, Courjal, Radio France Choir, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Inbal)

Composer(s):Lancino, Thierry
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Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.572771
Label Naxos
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Thierry Lancino’s vast Requiem is a challenging and eloquent contemplation on human mortality which the composer describes as ‘both an epic fresco and sacred ceremony’. In a paradox which brings the Christian into dialogue with the Pagan, Lancino presents an exploration of Death and Time which is both human and relevant, as well as posing eternal and unanswerable questions. This recording captures a unique and moving event, performed by a stellar cast of artists and France’s leading choir and orchestra.


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Review By Michaël Sebaoun,Classica,March 2012

Le Requiem du compositeur français Thierry Lancino est une commande de Radio France, de la Fondation Koussevitzky pour la Musique et du ministère français de la Culture. Il fut créé à la salle Pleyel le 8 janvier 2010. Le compositeur découvre une présence païenne au sein du texte liturgique de la messe des morts : “Jour de colère … comme l’ont prédit David et la Sibylle”. Lancino souhaite alors instaurer un dialogue entre la Sibylle païenne et le David biblique, et demande à l’écrivain Pascal Quignard d’écrire un livret (Éditions Galilée) en français, qui sera mêlé avec des oracles grecs

Dissonances extrêmes, métalliques, ligetiennes, qui basculent vers une grande souplesse mélodique (Prologue), cris d’angoisse et cordes stridentes (Kyrie), échos de Verdi (Dies Irae), dépouillement extrême, ambitus étouffé (soprano d’Ingemisco), émotion poignante (LacrimosaI). Une tension obsessionnelle, sombre,assure l’unité de l’œuvre, effective dans l’orchestre monumental ou dans le registre de l’intime. Ce très beau Requiem, l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, dirigé par Eliahu Inbal, en fait, selon les vœux du compositeur, “une fresque épique”.

À posséder.

[Très bonne prise de son de concert] © 2012 Classica

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Review By Michaël Sebaoun,Classica,March 2012

The Requiem by French composer Thierry Lancino has been commissionned by Radio France, Koussevitzky Music Foundations and French Ministry of Culture. The premiere occurred at Salle Pleyel in Paris, on January 8th 2010. The composer noticed a pagan presence within the liturgical text of the Mass for the Dead” : “Day of wrath … such as forseen by David and the Sibyl.” Lancino then wished to establish a dialogue between the pagan Sibyl and the biblical David, and asked writer Pascal Quignard to write the libretto (Galilée, publisher) in French, which would interweave Greek oracles and the liturgical verses. The work stands on the following paradox: “While David is pleading for eternal life, the Sibyl seeks ” (Ben Finane). And Quignard adds : “Facing the desire of eternal life is the desire of death […]. Face to face are the two desires. The two pains […] The Requiem does not choose : to continue immortally, to end forever, Latin, Greek, David, Sibyl.” This is what distinguishes so profoundly this Requiem from the others, confides the writer. Lancino’s Requiem – and as was commented upon as soon as the premiere – “scans a vast esthetical field without ever sounding hybrid”.

Extreme dissonances, metallic, Ligeti like, which switch towards great melodic flexibility (Prologue), cries of anguish and strident strings (Kyrie), echos from Verdi (Dies Irae), extreme sparseness, narrow vocal range (soprano in the Ingemisco), poignant emotion (Lacrimosa). An obsessive tension, dark, ensures the unity of the work, quite at stake in the monumental orchestra, as well as in the intimate range. This beautiful Requiem, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Eliahu Inbal, metamorphoses it, indeed, according to the will of the composer, into “an epic fresco”.

[Very good concert sound engineering] © 2012 Classica

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Review By Record Geijutsu,February 2012


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Review By SteveHoltje,Culture Catch,January 2012

Best of 2011: #4

Thierry Lancino (1954–) gives us the wildest Requiem in decades, a multi-culti affair that’s certainly not suitable for church use but makes for a most bracing musical experience. © 2012 Culture Catch See complete list



Review By Grego Applegate Edwards,Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review,December 2011

I was pleasantly rewarded lately by listening a number of times to…Requiem (Naxos) as performed by the massed forces of Choer de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France, soloists and conductor Eliahu Inbal.

It’s a 70-plus minute journey into an expressively modern treatment of the requiem form. The soloists express themselves with musicality and passion, the choir and orchestra are artfully served with a score that bubbles over like a cauldron of molten fire at times, and other times indulges in pianissimo murmurs that fit the sorrowful expression of the text by the solo vocalists. The orchestra reinforces and underscores the choir and soloists, as is fitting in such a work.

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Review By Grego Applegate Edwards,Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review,December 2011

I was pleasantly rewarded lately by listening a number of times to…Requiem (Naxos) as performed by the massed forces of Choer de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France, soloists and conductor Eliahu Inbal.

It’s a 70-plus minute journey into an expressively modern treatment of the requiem form. The soloists express themselves with musicality and passion, the choir and orchestra are artfully served with a score that bubbles over like a cauldron of molten fire at times, and other times indulges in pianissimo murmurs that fit the sorrowful expression of the text by the solo vocalists. The orchestra reinforces and underscores the choir and soloists, as is fitting in such a work.

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Review By Laurent Bury,Forum Opera (France),December 2011

No! Not any differently than the “Just of the Gradual,” Thierry Lancino has not to fear bad reputation: with this Requiem, he seems to be well established in the heavens of today’s best French composers. The CD Naxos just released will fulfill those who, having witnessed the premiere of the work, wished it immortalized by a recording.

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Review By Christian Morris,Composition:Today,November 2011

[…] Quand Radio France, la Fondation Koussevitzky et le Ministère Français de la Culture ont passé commande à Thierry Lancino pour qu’il compose une nouvelle œuvre dans ce genre, ils souhaitaient qu’il "renouvèle la tradition des Requiem". C’est brillamment que Lancino achève cette tâche en prenant comme point de départ les versets qui commencent le long texte du Dies irae : ‘Dies irae…teste David cum Sybila’ (‘Jour de colère, … comme en témoignent David et la Sibylle’). […]

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Review By Michel Jakubowicz,ON Magazine (France),November 2011

Only few composers of today dare braving this grand form of sacred music which is the Requiem. Yet, it is without any complexes that Thierry Lancino tackles a genre in which Gilles, Mozart, Berlioz, Brahms, Verdi and many other famous composers who preceded him.

Ambitious in his aim, Thierry Lancino’s Requiem, based on a libretto by Pascal Quignard, proposes no less than exploring the immense unknown territories of Death and Time. Opening with a sound that has clear similarities with a mournful tocsin (Prologue), the work includes in its fold two quite extraordinary characters : on one hand the Sibyl, on the other David the warrior who leads us to the devastating Dies Irae, and closes with the Dona eis requiem.

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Review By Michel Jakubowicz,ON Magazine (France),November 2011

Only few composers of today dare braving this grand form of sacred music which is the Requiem. Yet, it is without any complexes that Thierry Lancino tackles a genre in which Gilles, Mozart, Berlioz, Brahms, Verdi and many other famous composers who preceded him.

Ambitious in his aim, Thierry Lancino’s Requiem, based on a libretto by Pascal Quignard, proposes no less than exploring the immense unknown territories of Death and Time. Opening with a sound that has clear similarities with a mournful tocsin (Prologue), the work includes in its fold two quite extraordinary characters : on one hand the Sibyl, on the other David the warrior who leads us to the devastating Dies Irae, and closes with the Dona eis requiem.

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