Written between 1887 and 1890, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem is among the best-loved pieces in the choral repertory. Traditionally, Requiems are serious, prayerful laments for the dead. Fauré’s was altogether different. In place of the usual somber mood, his is noted for its calm, serene, and peaceful outlook. The composer revised and expanded the work several times, but it is the original version that is performed here using period instruments and performance practices. This sublime recording, featuring Ensemble Aedes and Les Siècles led by Mathieu Romano, also includes Poulenc’s Figure Humaine and Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans.