Fauré: Complete Piano Works

Fauré: Complete Piano Works
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Artist Jean-Philippe Collard piano
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94035
EAN code 5028421940359
Release March 2010

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Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) had a long creative life, and he was born just as Berlioz was finishing La damnation de Faust, and died three years after Berg had completed Wozzeck, and Messiaen was publishing his earliest compositions. His reputation will be as the master of French song, but his considerable body of piano music contains some of the greatest works written for the instrument, especially the Nocturnes 9-11 and the Barcarolles 7-11 composed in 1907-10. Until the works of Debussy’s maturity appeared in Faure was the most advanced French composer, his music shocking Saint-Saëns, and even managing to astonish the young Debussy with his adventurous harmonies.

Fauré’s compositional style can be divided into four periods. The earliest is the romantic style, particularly noticeable in the works from the 1870s where the spirit of Chopin hovers over the early Nocturnes. Next are the works dating from the 1880s when he became close to poets such as Verlaine. The music from these years is dreamy, languid and tortuously melodious. The third style from the 1890s is bold and assertive, and the many of the great piano works date from this period. The final style is confident, when Fauré felt able to pursue a solitary course, with a string of remarkable works including the late Nocturnes and the 5th Impromptu. The music is sparse in texture, but rich in expressive dissonances.

Other information:
- Jean-Philippe Collard is one of the great exponents of this repertoire.
- "Collard, confirming the impression made by his other records, proves an excellent choice, equal to all this music's technical demands, as his refined control of the frequently shifting textures of the Op. 33 set (Nos. 1-3) shows. His identification with Faure's musical thought also appears to be complete, and this is the major point, because a long journey is travelled between Nocturne No. 1 of 1883 and No. 13, which was published in 1922" (Gramophone, June 1981).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Nocturnes: No.1 in E flat Minor Op.33 No.1
  2. Nocturnes: No.2 in B Op.33 No.2
  3. Nocturnes: No.3 in A flat Op.33 No.3
  4. Nocturnes: No.4 in E flat Op.36
  5. Nocturnes: No.5 in B flat Op.37
  6. Nocturnes: No.6 in D flat Op.63
  7. Nocturnes: No.7 in C sharp Minor Op.74
  8. Nocturnes: No.8 in D flat Op.84 No.8
  9. Nocturnes: No.9 in B Minor Op.97
  10. Nocturnes: No.10 in E Minor Op.99
  11. Nocturnes: No.11 in F sharp Minor Op.104 No.1

Disk 2

  1. Nocturnes: No.12 in E Minor Op.107
  2. Nocturnes: No.13 in B Minor Op.119
  3. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Thème
  4. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation I
  5. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation II
  6. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation III
  7. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation IV
  8. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation V
  9. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation VI
  10. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation VII
  11. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation VIII
  12. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation IX
  13. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation X
  14. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Variation XI
  15. Thème et Variations in C sharp Minor Op.73: Ballade in F sharp Op.19
  16. Préludes Op.103: No.1 in D flat
  17. Préludes Op.103: No.2 in C sharp Minor
  18. Préludes Op.103: No.3 in G Minor
  19. Préludes Op.103: No.4 in F
  20. Préludes Op.103: No.5 in D Minor
  21. Préludes Op.103: No.6 in E flat Minor
  22. Préludes Op.103: No.7 in A
  23. Préludes Op.103: No.8 in C Minor
  24. Préludes Op.103: No.9 in E Minor

Disk 3

  1. Barcarolles: No.1 in A Minor Op.26
  2. Barcarolles: No.2 in G Op.41
  3. Barcarolles: No.3 in G flat Op.42
  4. Barcarolles: No.4 in A flat Op.44
  5. Barcarolles: No.5 in F sharp Minor Op.66
  6. Barcarolles: No.6 in E flat Op.70
  7. Barcarolles: No.7 in D Minor Op.90
  8. Barcarolles: No.8 in D flat Op.96
  9. Barcarolles: No.9 in A Minor Op.101
  10. Barcarolles: No.10 in A Minor Op.104 No.2
  11. Barcarolles: No.11 in G Minor Op.105
  12. Barcarolles: No.12 in E flat Op.106 bis
  13. Barcarolles: No.13 in C Op.116
  14. Impromptus: No.1 in E flat Op.25
  15. Impromptus: No.2 in F Minor Op.31
  16. Impromptus: No.3 in A flat Op.34
  17. Impromptus: No.4 in D flat Op.91
  18. Impromptus: No.5 in F sharp Minor Op.102

Disk 4

  1. 4 Valses-Caprices: No.1 in F sharp Minor Op.30
  2. 4 Valses-Caprices: No.2 in D flat Op.38
  3. 4 Valses-Caprices: No.3 in G flat Op.59
  4. 4 Valses-Caprices: No.4 in A flat Op.62
  5. 8 Pièces brèves Op.84: Capriccio in E flat
  6. 8 Pièces brèves Op.84: Fantaisie in A flat
  7. 8 Pièces brèves Op.84: Fugue in A Minor
  8. 8 Pièces brèves Op.84: Adagietto in E Minor
  9. 8 Pièces brèves Op.84: Improvisation in C sharp Minor
  10. 8 Pièces brèves Op.84: Fugue in E Minor
  11. 8 Pièces brèves Op.84: Allégresse in C
  12. 8 Pièces brèves Op.84: Nocturne in D flat
  13. Mazurka Op.32
  14. 3 Romances sans paroles: No.1 in A flat
  15. 3 Romances sans paroles: No.2 in A Minor
  16. 3 Romances sans paroles: No.3 in A flat
  17. Dolly Suuite OP.56 For Piano Four-Hands: Berceuse
  18. Dolly Suuite OP.56 For Piano Four-Hands: Mi-a-ou
  19. Dolly Suuite OP.56 For Piano Four-Hands: Le Jardin de Dolly
  20. Dolly Suuite OP.56 For Piano Four-Hands: Kitty-Valse
  21. Dolly Suuite OP.56 For Piano Four-Hands: Tendresse
  22. Dolly Suuite OP.56 For Piano Four-Hands: Le Pas espagnol
  23. Souvenirs De Bayreuth For Piano Four-Hands