Five essential works by Fauré

We choose the best pieces by the French revolutionary

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Five essential works by Fauré
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Requiem

A gentle work, written as Fauré said for the living rather than the dead, there is only passing reference to the ‘Dies irae’ and the final impression is left by the serene ‘In paradisum’.

Recommended recording:
Agnès Mellon, Peter Kooy; La Chapelle Royale; Ensemble Musique Oblique/Philippe Herreweghe
Harmonia Mundi HMG 501292

 

 

 

Pelléas et Mélisande

Written for an English production of Maeterlinck’s play, the charm and gentle melancholy of Fauré’s music reveals an affinity with Elgar at his most intimate.

Recommended recording:
Ulster Orchestra/Tortelier
Chandos CHAN 8952

 

 

 

Masques et Bergamasque

Bright and neo-classical in style, much of this music was compiled in 1918 from early works, such as the ‘Ouverture’ composed 50 years earlier, which the final ‘Pastorale’ wistfully recalls.

Recommended recording:
BBC Philharmonic/Tortelier
Chandos CHAN 9416

 

 

 

Mélodies

Fauré was arguably France’s greatest songwriter at the turn of the 20th century, evident in the luscious beauty of ‘Les roses d’Ispahan’ or the joy and apprehension in the cycle La Bonne Chanson.

Recommended recording:
Elly Ameling, Gérard Souzay; Dalton Baldwin (piano)
Brilliant 92792

 

 

 

Piano Quartet No. 1

The First Piano Quartet is one of his most readily accessible works, charming and gently melancholic music off-set by a sparkling scherzo.

Recommended recording:
Domus
Hyperion CDA 66166

 

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