What better way to showcase the expressive possibilities of the strings (as well as the horns, harp, organ, and timpani) of GPO than with a 'karaoke' Faure Requiem, as it were.
I have to say that I've been disappointed with several deadpan GPO renders that I've heard, so this partially to convince myself but largely to convince the userbase at large that the program packs a lot more potential than may first meet the eyes (ears?). Everything is done through Noteworthy Composer 2 and GPO w/ Studio.
Comments on interpretation are highly appreciated (choice of dynamics, tempos, etc.)!
The score I used (though with very minor adjustments as I deemed appropriate) can be found here; Philip Legge is owed a lot of acknowledgment for undertaking the daunting task of writing out and editing the full score for public use!
I. Introit et Kyrie
IV. Pie Jesu
V. Agnus Dei
VI. Libera Me
VII. In Paradisum
II. For listening's sake, I have filled in the organ for the a cappella canon between altos and tenors.
As for the request in the title for owners of the Garritan Stradivarius, you may have noticed that the violin solo in the Sanctus is missing; I feel that this would be the perfect opportunity to include the Strad but unfortunately I don't own the program myself, so if anyone would like to chip in and provide for the solo I would be extremely grateful!
Thanks all, hope you enjoy,