Not least among David Hill’s current roles is that of principal conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, one of America’s foremost chamber choirs. Here, they together contribute a recording of the Fauré Requiem close in spirit to the composer’s intimate, liturgical original.
The real glories of the disc come with the handful of rarely heard choral miniatures which are, without exception, absolute gems. Hill’s overall approach is to produce a smooth sounds rather than present significant interpretations of the music, and this is an approach that serves these shorter pieces particularly well. Gramophone
[The arrangement[ works extremely well, with the two strings bringing out the subsidiary lines that were always a feature of [Faure’s] writing. The singing is splendid. The baritone soloist Edmund Milly has just the cantor-like voice Faure specified, with no boom or bluster, and the top choral parts are clear and bell-like. BBC *****