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David John Briggs
1962 -
Great Britain, England
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D.J. Briggs
David (John) Briggs (01/11/1962), an English organist and composer. One of the foremost Concert Organists of his generation, David Briggs enjoys a busy touring schedule that takes him all over the world. He has built a reputation as an exciting performer and communicator, with particular emphases on orchestral transcriptions and the art of improvisation. David studied with Jean Langlais in Paris; transcribed (over a period of eleven years) many of the recorded improvisations of Pierre Cochereau, the celebrated Organist of Notre-Dame de Paris; won the Paisley International Improvisation Competition; became the first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Albans International Improvisation Competition, and now gives masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music and Cambridge University.
Requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2003
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:ca.37'
Label(s):Chestnut 002
His Requiem for SATB mixed choir, Soprano, Tenor and Bass soloists, Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, Harp, Glockenspiel, Timpani, contains:
- Requiem Aeternum 6:20
- Kyrie Eleison 5:25
- Domine Jesu Christe 6:47
- Sanctus 3:15
- Pie Jesu 3:41
- Agnus Dei 5:10
- Lux Aeterna 3:26
- Libera me, Domine 4:51
- In Paradisum 6:35
Anyone hearing this disc would have to admit that it's still possible to write highly effective music in a tonal, late romantic idiom. Gallic elements are much in evidence here, but that's not surprising considering the composer is also one of today's finest organists noted for his brilliant interpretation of 19th and 20th century French organ music. His recreations of the stunning improvisations done by Pierre Cochereau at Notre Dame are legendary; and, as he points out in his album notes, which you must read, these flights of fancy greatly influenced his requiem. It's a truly sublime effort that has much in common with those of Faure and Durufle. As a matter of fact, there's a reference in the Domine Jesu Christe (track-3, begining at 01:42) to a phrase in the same section of the Durufle. While the Pie Jesu may call to mind that in Andrew Lloyd Weber's requiem, there's just the right mixture of bitter and sweet to insure that unlike the latter it doesn't become cloying with repeated listening, and that's just what you'll want to do! The Libera me, Domine is to die for and the concluding In paradisum, infinitely sublime. Chances are you don't know the fifteen member vocal ensemble Euphony, but after you hear what they bring to this piece you're not likely to forget them. The instrumental accompaniment, which consists of organ and only a handful of solo instruments, is some of the most articulate and highly effective one could ever hope for. That's because Briggs is not only a master of organ registration, but also a consummate orchestrator.