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Fauré - The Music for Cello & Piano

Composer Gabriel Fauré
Performer Andreas Brantelid
Bengt Forsberg
Filip Graden
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2220 SACD
EAN 7318599922201
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2017
Total time 70'13

In French music, Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924) forms a link between Romanticism and modernism: in Paris in the year of his birth, Chopin was still composing, and by the time of his death, jazz was all the rage, while Stravinsky was championing neoclassicism. This present recording contains all of Fauré’s music for cello and piano, including the much-loved Élégie and Sicilienne&&& – pieces that are sometimes described as ‘salon music’, with qualities that caused Debussy to dub the composer ‘the master of charms’. But interspersed with this lighter fare are also the two sonatas from Fauré’s later period when, suffering from increasing deafness, he developed a more pared-down style. Even though the sonatas came into being only a few years apart they are nevertheless quite different – appearing in 1917 Sonata No. 1 in D minor is very much a wartime work, at times almost violent and rough. The G minor Sonata is altogether more accessible, with a vivacious finale that caused the composer Vincent d’Indy to remark to the 78-year old Fauré: ‘How lucky you are to stay young like that!’ Andreas Brantelid’s previous release for BIS – a disc with music by Grieg and Percy Grainger – received critical acclaim including a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. For this all-Fauré programme he has chosen to collaborate with pianist and highly respected chamber musician Bengt Forsberg.
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01 Romance, Op.69 3'37
02 Papillon, Op.77 2'44
03 Sérénade, Op.98 2'57
04 Berceuse, Op.16 3'30
  Sonata No.1 in D minor for cello and piano, Op.109 20'46
05 I. Allegro 5'43
06 II. Andante 7'10
07 III. Finale. Allegro comodo 7'53
  Morceau de lecture for two cellos
08 Allegretto moderato 0'58
09 Berceuse, Op.56 No.1, from ‘Dolly’ 2'27
  Sicilienne, Op.78
10 Andantino 3'41
  Élégie, Op.24
11 Molto adagio 6'47
  Sonata No.2 in G minor for cello and piano, Op.117 18'09
12 I. Allegro 6'16
13 II. Andante 7'07
14 III. Allegro vivo 4'46
15 Andante for cello and harmonium 4'31
  Album total 70'13
CelloBrantelid, Andreas
Graden, Filip
PianoForsberg, Bengt
HarmoniumForsberg, Bengt

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