Gabriel Fauré - "Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11"
An early success by the young Fauré for a competition to compose music to go with this poem by Jean Racine, this song his a bundle of contradictions. Normally performed with an organ, John Rutter, the master of the first art, finds something truly magical in his arrangement of this piece for voice, cello, and viola.
Both sad and reverential, beautiful and heartbreaking, breathtaking and full of memory, this song brings each corner of the mind into light and then shadow. A gorgeous rendition of a timeless piece.
So today, with both side of the coin in my hand, I choose John Rutter's arrangement of Gabriel Fauré's "Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11" as my, with misty morning light, you've been through worse, one step at a time, song for a, break not the deepest, hold on to the light, remember your own majesty Friday.