Favorite Work of June 2016
Every month a member of the Carus team introduces his/her favorite work, whether it be a choral piece, a CD, a songbook or an instrumental work. The recommendation for June 2016 was contributed by Paul Hogrebe.
Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine op. 11
It was at the World Youth Day in 2005 in Cologne, which Pope Benedict XVI had said he would attend. We, at Carus Verlag, had an exhibition stand directly in the Cathedral Square. Of course it was tremendously busy all day long – hardly surprising when a million young people had travelled there.
One evening after the exhibition I made a brief visit to the Cathedral. Shielded by the mighty walls, an almost heavenly silence enveloped me there. At the other end of the Cathedral, at the altar end, a choir quietly sang Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine . This music almost floated through the still, cool cathedral: gentle, unassuming, heavenly, as if from another world – directly in contrast with the outside world. For me this was an unforgettable experience! Since then this work has been one of my favorite pieces.
For decades, Paul Hogrebe was a music dealer specializing in choral music; today, he works for Carus-Verlag on a freelance basis, advising clients from all over the world at fairs and exhibitions.