Sophia Obregon sings a wonderful solo.
The singers of Jubilate Deo are for the most part amateurs, but they have a few trained vocalists, like Sophia Obregon, who is featured in this recording. It takes a strong, practiced voice to sing Duruflé and Obregon does not disappoint. This mezzo soprano’s tone is perfectly suited to the somber melodic lines of this setting of “Pie Jesu.”
Duruflé was a 20th-century composer who was organ master at Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church, as well as holding the position of music director at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. He composed many works for the organ and chorus, but his most famous piece is his requiem, which he took six years to complete. His compositions reflect his “organ-ic” roots, with long harmonized melodic lines.
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