13 Oct 2013

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

From Composer of the Week, 9:15 am on 13 October 2013
Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré Photo: John Singer Sargent, Public Domain


The composer Georges Auric encapsulated Fauré’s legacy in an article shortly after Faure’s death in which he wrote:

“Faure’s achievement was to invent musical forms which attracted our hearts and senses without debasing them. He offered a homage to Beauty in which there was not only faith, but a discreet yet irresistible passion... The delicate precision of his architecture, the concision (without dryness) of his ideas will long guide us in our moments of anxiety.”

Kenneth Young looks at Fauré's life and his ability as a composer in many genres, expressing the opinion that aside from his songs, the majority of Fauré's output is sadly under-performed.

Music Details:

FAURE trans Casals: Après un Reve  - Tim Hugh (cello), Olga Sitkovetsky (pno) (Naim CD 118)
FAURE: Ballade in F#, Op 19 - Jean-Claude Pennetier (pno) (Mirare MIR 072)
FAURE: Piano Trio U010 - Priya Mitchell (vln), Christian Poltéra (cello), Kathryn Stott (pno) (Chandos CHAN 10447 )
FAURE: Cantique de Jean Racine - Paul Nancekievill (org), Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir (Hänssler CD 98.628)
FAURE: Piano Quartet, mvt 1 - Emanuel Ax (pno), Isaac Stern (vln), Jaime Laredo (vla), Yo-Yo Ma (cello) (Sony SK 48066)
FAURE: Berceuse, Dolly Suite  - BBC Phil/ Yan Pascal Tortelier (Chandos CHAN 9416)
FAURE: In Paradisum - Monteverdi Choir/ John Eliot Gardiner (Philips 438 149)
FAURE: En Sourdine - Janet Baker (mezzo), Raymond Leppard (pno) (BBC Legends BBCL 4218)
FAURE: Nocturne #6  - Stephen Hough (pno) (Hyperion CDA 67890)
FAURE: Masques & Bergamasques - BBC Phil/ Yan Pascal Tortelier (Chandos CHAN 9416)