KUSC's Soul Music Remembers Paul Salamunovich
Around 7:20am on Sunday (4/6) on KUSC’s Soul Music, I will be playing a performance from USC of the Duruflé Requiem. This particular performance was led by acclaimed choral conductor and Los Angeles Master Chorale Music Director Emeritus, Paul Salamunovich, who died this past week at the age of 86.
Duruflé’s Requiem was the piece, according to his son Stephen, that Paul was listening to as he passed away Thursday night. (Salamunovich never recorded the Duruflé Requiem commercially.) The recording also features Salamunovich introducing the work from the stage, where he talks about his close connection with Duruflé. Following that, I have a couple other performances from USC with Salamunovich introducing the music, including him talking about working with Stravinsky. The program will close with Salamunovich conducting Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna—a recording that introduced many of us (myself included) to Lauridsen’s music.
Click here for the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s obituary for their beloved leader.
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