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Gabriel Faure The Two Piano Quartets

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Gabriel Fauré seems at first glance to fit neatly into the history of French music, as a pupil of Saint-Saëns and a teacher of Ravel. Yet he stands apart from the mainstream because of his unique musical language, and because rather than writing colourful orchestral pieces he preferred to work in the comparatively modest media of the song, solo piano and chamber music. With the exception of the late String Quartet, all of his chamber works combine the piano, Fauré’s own instrument as a performer, with strings. Among the earlier works, written in the late 1870s and mid-1880s, are the two Quartets for piano and string trio. This was a combination for which most of the models belonged to the German tradition, from Mozart to Schumann and Brahms – though there was a recent French precedent in the B flat major Quartet by Fauré’s teacher and friend Saint-Saëns, completed and first performed in 1875.

Gabriel Faure The Two Piano Quartets

Reviews

"Fluent and expressive performances of music that is by turns forthright, playful, beauty. The veiled beauty of No.1 in C Minor's slow movement is particularly telling." BBC Music Magazine, August 2015

“As Anthony Burton points out in his excellent booklet notes, the two works here have a very similar profile - the tempo headings of the movements are almost identical. It’s almost as if Fauré decided to ‘update’ his writing for the medium, while recognising that Quartet no.1 has its great merits. The later work has such a greater emotional range, more fully typical use of Fauré’s musical language and a daring exploration of the potential of the instrumental combination. All of that is faithfully captured in this excellent issue.” Gwyn Parry-Jones, musicweb-international.com