The Requiems by Gabriel Faure and Maurice Durufle, composed about six decades apart, have much in common. The topic is dark, but not the attitude.
Unlike the bracing Requiems of Mozart, Berlioz and Verdi, gentleness and warmth reign in these two French works, generating a sustained eloquence. You could almost call them upbeat, but I guess that's not the most appropriate word under the circumstances.
To open its 50th anniversary season, Baltimore Choral Arts Society performed the Faure and Durufle scores Sunday afternoon at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. I don't recall hearing a finer concert by this chorus.
Technical matters -- articulation, tonal blend,...