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    Brahms
    Berlioz
    Faure

    Will someone do a tally to see which composers will row us to the isle of the dead?
    « Il faut collectionner les pierres qu'on vous jette. C'est le début d'un piédestal. » - Hector Berlioz

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Please note that the Credo is not there as it is not part of the text of the Catholic Requiem Mass. It's non-inclusion had nothing to do with Britten's beliefs or non-beliefs.
    If you are you saying that the "Credo" is not normally part of a traditional Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, may I ask where you got this from.

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    First half from the Mozart.

    Honorable mentions... Offertorium from the Ockeghem, as performed by the Clerks (don't like the Hilliards). "Libera me" from the 1605 Victoria (Tallis Scholars or Westminster Cathedral Choir; don't like the Sixteen).

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    Mozart, Brahms, Faure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berlioznestpasmort View Post
    Will someone do a tally to see which composers will row us to the isle of the dead?
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    Back on topic, Verdi, Brahms and Faure. Not an uncommon opinion, looking at the replies here.
    "As I walk, and wait, and listen, I will often seek to find
    When it was I knew that garden in an age long left behind
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    I want to replace Brahms (which isn't a mass) with Berlioz (which is, and which impressed me deeply).
    So Verdi, Fauré, Berlioz. No order. And Fauré mostly for nostalgic reasons. I listened to it a LOT in my late teens. It's the Dark Side of classical for me. I can't rate it, because it's in my bone marrow...

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    My top three

    Mozart

    Brahms Berlioz

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    Faure
    Duruflé
    Brahms

    Although not a requiem, I also very much like Bach Funeral Cantata "Actus Tragicus" (Cantata No.106).

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    Mozart
    Ockeghem
    Ligeti

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    Hard to limit it to three.

    Verdi
    Berlioz
    Britten
    Dvorak
    Cherubini
    Brahms

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    Mozart
    Brahms
    and it's a toss up between Verdi and Dvorak.
    (Depends on which day you ask me).

    Is Beethoven's Missa Solemnis considered a requiem mass?
    If so, that might take up slot 3

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    My favorite must be Requiem in D major by Zelenka

    When it comes to religious music i prefer Zelenka, so my opinion is maybe not so surprising.
    “‎If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.”
    ― Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

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    I have two favorites: Andrew Lloyd-Webber's and John Rutter's. Both date from 1985.

    I like the various styles ALW employs from movement to movement. Rutter's is just plain peaceful and reassuring. I'm not a religious person, but I feel religious listening to it. I make no apologies for liking the plain and simple tonal harmonies of the Rutter, either. It's refreshing.

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    I love the Pie Jesu from Lloyd Webber's Requiem, I loathe the Dies Irae.
    Fortinbras Armstrong

    The madman runs to the East; his keeper runs to the East. Both are running to the East; their purposes differ. — Zen Proverb

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    1. Berlioz - because no truly devout person could think up such cosmic madness. It must be the Munch recording, with the perfect Leopold Simoneau floating the Sanctus on angels' wings.

    2. Faure - because the conciseness, understatement, and dignity express the way I want to face death.

    3. Brahms - because it's Brahms.

    Great requiems I don't care for: Verdi and Mozart. Interesting but not sure: Cherubini.

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