Gabriel Faure – Cantique de Jean Racine op.11

Gabriel Faure (1845=1924)

Gabriel Faure was a French organist, composer, and teacher. He is known for his Requiem in d minor, op 48, his Pavane, and is widely regarded as the greatest master of French art song.

The Cantique de Jean Racine op.11 was written by Gabriel Faure when he was 19 years old. Faure won first prize from the École Niedermeyer de Paris (a school for studying church music). The piece was originally written for choir with piano or organ accompaniment. In 1906 a version of the piece was done for choir and orchestra (possibly by the composer himself). John Rutter wrote an arrangement of the piece for choir, strings, and harp.

Here is a recording of the Cantique de Jean Racine op.11 for choir, strings, and harp. The choir singing in this recording is the Cambridge Singers. Unfortunately I was not able to find a suitable recording of the piece done by a choir with organ accompaniment. I hope you enjoy this recording.