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Jean Catoire
1923 - 2005
J. Catoire
Jean Catoire (01/04/1923 - 09/11/2005), a French composer. He was born in Paris of Russian émigré parents whose origins were French and German. Catoire's musical thought is essentially Pythagorean: it is the laying bare of pure musical sound, in which a worldly concern for the language of words and the rhythms of speech are of no consequence. As a 'music of the spheres' it recognises only the resonance and pulse of pure-being perceived in sound.
Author:Malcolm Bruno
The requiem antiphons
Composed in:1970
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Virgin 7243 5 45324 2
Requiem Antiphons, Op. 195 contains:
- Antiphons 1-3 2:15
- Antiphons 4-6 3:20

♫ Requiem antiphons nr.1-3
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Source:booklet of cd Virgin 7243 5 45324 2
The requiem antiphons (opus 195), for solo voice and bells, are extremely austere, with a slow-moving melody that's haunting and somewhat disorienting. In this company, Hildegard's soaring melodies sound almost luxuriant.
Author:Matthew Westphal
The requiem antiphons (6 movements) of 1970 display a music which is pure, exact and impassive ; yet it is a music which remains sensual. Unlike Arvo Part's beautiful but austere and fragile style Catoire's impassivity is immediately and unashamedly appealing. The 'Introit' refrain, which opens and closes the Requiem and recurs frequently throughout, is as beguiling as any moment from the Requiems of Fauré or Duruflé; unlike these, however, it never loses itself in the drama or sentiment of its text.
Author:Malcolm Bruno
This recording (Extasia - A Requiem Sequence, Virgin records, 1999) explores musical space and stillness by uniting the spirituality of two millennial ages. It brings together for a first time the extraordinary work of the contemporary French composer, Jean Catoire, and that of the twelfth-century German abbess, Hildegard Von Bingen. They meet on this disc with a requiem by Catoire providing a frame-work for Hildegard's ecstatic 'Antiphons' and 'Responds'. Alongside are plainsong, organ Interludes and meditative 'Requiem Antiphons', all by Catoire, to complete the sequence. Though distinct in voice and style and distanced by over eight hundred years, the creative instincts of Catoire and Hildegard are strangely akin.
Requiem mass
Composed in:1991
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Virgin Classics CD 7243 5 45324 2 9
This requiem mass (opus 573) is a revision of an early work and for unaccompanied women's voices. Requiem, For Unaccompanied Women's Voices, Op. 537 contains:
01. Requiem Aeternam 5:04
02. Offertorium 3:41
03. Sanctus 2:22
04. Agnus Dei 1:51
05. Lux Aeterna 1:29
06. Libera Me 2:48

♫ 01. Requiem aeternam
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Author:James D'Angelo
Source:booklet of cd Virgin 7243 5 45324 2