Gabriel Fauré
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1845-05-12
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Gabriel Fauré’s personality contains a singular mix of contradictory elements. He learnt his craft at the École Niedermeyer in Paris, an institution devoted to raising the standards of church music by studying plainchant and Renaissance music. He then made his ...

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Gabriel Fauré’s personality contains a singular mix of contradictory elements. He learnt his craft at the École Niedermeyer in Paris, an institution devoted to raising the standards of church music by studying plainchant and Renaissance music. He then made his name with songs and piano music of sensuous melodic allure and an apparently easy fluency, which earned him a reputation as a society composer that he never emerged from in his lifetime as far as the wider world was concerned.

Thanks to the early advocacy of his teacher Saint-Saëns, he made his way in the musical world and rose through the hierarchies of Paris church posts – assistant to Widor at Saint-Sulpice, then organist at the fashionable Madeleine – and teaching positions, eventually becoming director of the Conservatoire. In the latter capacity, he was a reformist; socially, he was an established figure, taking advantage of his apparent popularity with women, though it should be remembered that salons were a prime venue for artistic networking and musical performance: Fauré would there meet Debussy and Ravel, Colette and Anatole France, while his improvised piano duets with Messager were legendary. Overseas he attempted to make himself known in London, with limited success.

For two decades at the end of his life he suffered a hearing affliction that distorted pitch, and progressive deafness. The concentration and introverted nature of his later music is sometimes attributed to this condition, but it is also the logical outcome of the way he had always composed. His Niedermeyer training had instilled the elements of counterpoint and especially the modes, which give his melodies and harmonies their personal flavour. Technically speaking, a fondness for sharpened fourths and flattened sevenths, and a reluctance to use perfect cadences, made for a marked lessening of the dramatic tensions that typified fully tonal music at the turn of the 19th century.

Instead, Fauré’s music expresses its energy in restless, intricate harmonic movement. The even way in which it flows can make it seem bland on the surface, and it demands focused listening (and performing), and an awareness of where the various lines are going, for its full intensity to register. This goes as much for his most familiar work, the Requiem, as for his highly distilled String Quartet.

Fauré continued to compose piano music and songs throughout his life. They are the mediums best matched to an idiom that depends more on the performer’s artistry than on instrumental colour; his equally impressive body of chamber music almost all uses a piano, apart from the String Quartet and two pieces for harp. Little interested in orchestration, he often assigned the task to others, although he was responsible for scoring four-fifths of his only opera Pénélope, a work of ravishing beauty and rather static dramaturgy.

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Cécile Licad, Gabriel Fauré & Alban Gerhardt
Papillon, Op.77
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Papillon, Op.77 Papillon, Op.77 Papillon, Op.77 Papillon, Op.77
Sharon Bezaly, Gabriel Fauré & Roland Pöntinen
Fantaisie for flute and piano (Op.79)
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Fantaisie for flute and piano (Op.79) Fantaisie for flute and piano (Op.79) Fantaisie for flute and piano (Op.79) Fantaisie for flute and piano (Op.79)
Alexandre Tharaud & Gabriel Fauré
Romance sans paroles No.3 in A flat major
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Romance sans paroles No.3 in A flat major Romance sans paroles No.3 in A flat major Romance sans paroles No.3 in A flat major Romance sans paroles No.3 in A flat major
Gabriel Fauré, Alban Gerhardt & Cécile Licad
Sicilienne for vc/fl/vn and pf/org (Op.78)
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Sicilienne for vc/fl/vn and pf/org (Op.78) Sicilienne for vc/fl/vn and pf/org (Op.78) Sicilienne for vc/fl/vn and pf/org (Op.78) Sicilienne for vc/fl/vn and pf/org (Op.78)
Gabriel Fauré, Nigel Short, London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble & Tenebrae
Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48): Agnus Dei
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Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48): Agnus Dei Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48): Agnus Dei Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48): Agnus Dei Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48): Agnus Dei
Gabriel Fauré, Nigel Short & LSO Chamber Ensemble
Requiem - In Paradisum
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Requiem - In Paradisum Requiem - In Paradisum Requiem - In Paradisum Requiem - In Paradisum
Paul Tortelier, Gabriel Fauré & Jean Hubeau
Elegy op 24
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Elegy op 24 Elegy op 24 Elegy op 24 Elegy op 24
Gabriel Fauré, Charles Dutoit & Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80
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Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80 Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80 Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80 Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80
Malcolm Martineau, Gabriel Fauré & Kate Royal
La Bonne chanson... (Op.61), no.7; Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'ete
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La Bonne chanson... (Op.61), no.7; Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'ete La Bonne chanson... (Op.61), no.7; Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'ete La Bonne chanson... (Op.61), no.7; Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'ete La Bonne chanson... (Op.61), no.7; Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'ete
Gabriel Fauré & Stephen Hough
Impromptu no. 5 in F sharp minor, op. 102
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Impromptu no. 5 in F sharp minor, op. 102 Impromptu no. 5 in F sharp minor, op. 102 Impromptu no. 5 in F sharp minor, op. 102 Impromptu no. 5 in F sharp minor, op. 102
Cécile Licad, Gabriel Fauré, Alban Gerhardt & Pablo Casas
3 Songs (Op.7), no.1; Apres un reve
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3 Songs (Op.7), no.1; Apres un reve 3 Songs (Op.7), no.1; Apres un reve 3 Songs (Op.7), no.1; Apres un reve 3 Songs (Op.7), no.1; Apres un reve
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge & Gabriel Fauré
In Paradisum from Requiem op.48
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In Paradisum from Requiem op.48 In Paradisum from Requiem op.48 In Paradisum from Requiem op.48 In Paradisum from Requiem op.48
Joseph Middleton, Gabriel Fauré & Jonathan Lemalu
Vaisseaux, nous vous aurons aimes
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Vaisseaux, nous vous aurons aimes Vaisseaux, nous vous aurons aimes Vaisseaux, nous vous aurons aimes Vaisseaux, nous vous aurons aimes
Joseph Middleton, Gabriel Fauré & Jonathan Lemalu
Diane, Selene
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Diane, Selene Diane, Selene Diane, Selene Diane, Selene
Joseph Middleton, Gabriel Fauré & Jonathan Lemalu
Je me suis embarque
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Je me suis embarque Je me suis embarque Je me suis embarque Je me suis embarque
Joseph Middleton, Gabriel Fauré & Jonathan Lemalu
La mer est infinite
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La mer est infinite La mer est infinite La mer est infinite La mer est infinite
Gabriel Fauré, Isabelle Faust & Florent Boffard
Romance for violin and piano
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Romance for violin and piano Romance for violin and piano Romance for violin and piano Romance for violin and piano
Nicholas Rimmer, Gabriel Fauré & Ronan Collett
Reflets dans l'eau from Mirages (Op.113)
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Reflets dans l'eau from Mirages (Op.113) Reflets dans l'eau from Mirages (Op.113) Reflets dans l'eau from Mirages (Op.113) Reflets dans l'eau from Mirages (Op.113)
Gabriel Fauré, Isabelle Faust & Florent Boffard
Berceuse
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Berceuse Berceuse Berceuse Berceuse
Gabriel Fauré, Michael Petrov & Alexander Ullman
Apres un reve
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Apres un reve Apres un reve Apres un reve Apres un reve
Shauna Rolston, Uri Mayer, Gabriel Fauré & Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Elegie (Op.24) arr. for cello and orchestra
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Elegie (Op.24) arr. for cello and orchestra Elegie (Op.24) arr. for cello and orchestra Elegie (Op.24) arr. for cello and orchestra Elegie (Op.24) arr. for cello and orchestra
The Sixteen, Gabriel Fauré, Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Harry Christophers
Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48), In Paradisum
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Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48), In Paradisum Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48), In Paradisum Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48), In Paradisum Requiem for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Op.48), In Paradisum
Gabriel Fauré, Karina Gauvin, Paul Verlaine & Marc-André Hamelin
En sourdine
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En sourdine En sourdine En sourdine En sourdine
Joseph Middleton, Gabriel Fauré & Carolyn Sampson
4 Songs Op.39: no.4; Les Roses d'Ispahan
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4 Songs  Op.39: no.4; Les Roses d'Ispahan 4 Songs  Op.39: no.4; Les Roses d'Ispahan 4 Songs  Op.39: no.4; Les Roses d'Ispahan 4 Songs  Op.39: no.4; Les Roses d'Ispahan
Erzsebet Tusa, Istvan Lantos & Gabriel Fauré
Dolly - Suite for piano duet (Op.56)
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Dolly - Suite for piano duet (Op.56) Dolly - Suite for piano duet (Op.56) Dolly - Suite for piano duet (Op.56) Dolly - Suite for piano duet (Op.56)
Gabriel Fauré & Beaux Arts Trio
Piano Trio in D minor Op.120
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Piano Trio in D minor Op.120 Piano Trio in D minor Op.120 Piano Trio in D minor Op.120 Piano Trio in D minor Op.120
Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon, Gabriel Fauré, Gérard Caussé & Gautier Capuçon
Quartet for piano and strings no. 2 (Op.45)..., 2nd mvt; Scherzo (Allegro molto)
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Quartet for piano and strings no. 2 (Op.45)..., 2nd mvt; Scherzo (Allegro molto) Quartet for piano and strings no. 2 (Op.45)..., 2nd mvt; Scherzo (Allegro molto) Quartet for piano and strings no. 2 (Op.45)..., 2nd mvt; Scherzo (Allegro molto) Quartet for piano and strings no. 2 (Op.45)..., 2nd mvt; Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Andreas Brantelid, Bengt Forsberg, Gabriel Fauré
Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor (Op. 117)
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Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor (Op. 117) Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor (Op. 117) Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor (Op. 117) Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor (Op. 117)
Stephane Lemelin & Gabriel Fauré
Nocturne for piano no.1 (Op.33 No.1) in E flat minor
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Nocturne for piano no.1 (Op.33 No.1) in E flat minor Nocturne for piano no.1 (Op.33 No.1) in E flat minor Nocturne for piano no.1 (Op.33 No.1) in E flat minor Nocturne for piano no.1 (Op.33 No.1) in E flat minor
Gabriel Fauré, Robin Ticciati & Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80
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Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80 Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80 Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80 Pelleas et Melisande - suite Op.80
Gabriel Fauré, Susan Manoff & Sandrine Piau
Apres un reve & Clair de lune
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Apres un reve & Clair de lune Apres un reve & Clair de lune Apres un reve & Clair de lune Apres un reve & Clair de lune
Gabriel Fauré, Jacqueline Bonneau & Gérard Souzay
Arpege, Op. 76 No. 2; En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2
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Arpege, Op. 76 No. 2; En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2 Arpege, Op. 76 No. 2; En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2 Arpege, Op. 76 No. 2; En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2 Arpege, Op. 76 No. 2; En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2
Gabriel Fauré, Alban Gerhardt & Cécile Licad
Papillon for cello and piano (Op.77)
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Papillon for cello and piano (Op.77) Papillon for cello and piano (Op.77) Papillon for cello and piano (Op.77) Papillon for cello and piano (Op.77)
Gabriel Fauré, Yan Pascal Tortelier & BBC Philharmonic
Masques et bergamasques - suite (Op.112), Overture
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Masques et bergamasques - suite (Op.112), Overture Masques et bergamasques - suite (Op.112), Overture Masques et bergamasques - suite (Op.112), Overture Masques et bergamasques - suite (Op.112), Overture
Gabriel Fauré, Jacqueline Bonneau & Gérard Souzay
Tristesse, Op. 6 No. 2
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Tristesse, Op. 6 No. 2 Tristesse, Op. 6 No. 2 Tristesse, Op. 6 No. 2 Tristesse, Op. 6 No. 2
Paul Crossley, Arthur Grumiaux & Gabriel Fauré
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13
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Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13 Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13 Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13 Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13
Brinton Smith, Akira Eguchi, Gil Shaham & Gabriel Fauré
Piano Trio, Op. 120
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Piano Trio, Op. 120 Piano Trio, Op. 120 Piano Trio, Op. 120 Piano Trio, Op. 120
Gabriel Fauré & Pau Casals
Apres Un Reve
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Apres Un Reve Apres Un Reve Apres Un Reve Apres Un Reve
Gabriel Fauré
Les Berceaux Op 23 No 1
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Les Berceaux Op 23 No 1 Les Berceaux Op 23 No 1 Les Berceaux Op 23 No 1 Les Berceaux Op 23 No 1
Gabriel Fauré
Clair de Lune Op 46 No 2
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Clair de Lune Op 46 No 2 Clair de Lune Op 46 No 2 Clair de Lune Op 46 No 2 Clair de Lune Op 46 No 2
Dalton Baldwin, Gabriel Fauré & Elly Ameling
3 Songs (Op.18), no.1; Nell
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3 Songs (Op.18), no.1; Nell 3 Songs (Op.18), no.1; Nell 3 Songs (Op.18), no.1; Nell 3 Songs (Op.18), no.1; Nell
Gabriel Fauré, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Eugene Ormandy
Pelleas et Melisande - suite (Op.80), Sicilienne
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Pelleas et Melisande - suite (Op.80), Sicilienne Pelleas et Melisande - suite (Op.80), Sicilienne Pelleas et Melisande - suite (Op.80), Sicilienne Pelleas et Melisande - suite (Op.80), Sicilienne
Gabriel Fauré, Bengt Forsberg, Andreas Brantelid & Pablo Casas
Apres un reve (Op.7`1) arr. for cello & piano
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Apres un reve (Op.7`1) arr. for cello & piano Apres un reve (Op.7`1) arr. for cello & piano Apres un reve (Op.7`1) arr. for cello & piano Apres un reve (Op.7`1) arr. for cello & piano
Gabriel Fauré, Sir David Willcocks, Bob Chilcott, Philharmonia Orchestra & King's College Cambridge Choir
Requiem Op.48 for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra
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Requiem Op.48 for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra Requiem Op.48 for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra Requiem Op.48 for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra Requiem Op.48 for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra
Joseph Middleton, Gabriel Fauré & Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Mélisande’s Song
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Mélisande’s Song Mélisande’s Song Mélisande’s Song Mélisande’s Song
Joseph Middleton, Gabriel Fauré & Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Das les ruines d’une Abbaye
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Das les ruines d’une Abbaye Das les ruines d’une Abbaye Das les ruines d’une Abbaye Das les ruines d’une Abbaye
Joseph Middleton, Gabriel Fauré & Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Au cimetière
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Au cimetière Au cimetière Au cimetière Au cimetière
Gabriel Fauré
En Priere
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En Priere En Priere En Priere En Priere
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