Gabriel Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Volume 3 of Hyperion's four-volume set of the complete songs of Gabriel Fauré is dedicated to his love songs -- unsurprisingly, a subject near and dear to the hearts of fin de siècle composers, and one that seems especially effective in Fauré's sweetly perfumed style. His chansons d'amour are tasteful, gently impassioned settings of poems by Romantic and Symbolist writers, the best known being Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, and Paul Verlaine; though others of less renown received music of equal artistry, and Fauré's consistent excellence makes even modest versifiers seem like poets of genius. The performances by sopranos Felicity Lott and Jennifer Smith, tenors John ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Volume 3 of Hyperion's four-volume set of the complete songs of Gabriel Fauré is dedicated to his love songs -- unsurprisingly, a subject near and dear to the hearts of fin de siècle composers, and one that seems especially effective in Fauré's sweetly perfumed style. His chansons d'amour are tasteful, gently impassioned settings of poems by Romantic and Symbolist writers, the best known being Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, and Paul Verlaine; though others of less renown received music of equal artistry, and Fauré's consistent excellence makes even modest versifiers seem like poets of genius. The performances by sopranos Felicity Lott and Jennifer Smith, tenors John Mark Ainsley and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, and baritones Christopher Maltman and Stephen Varcoe lend great variety to this installment, and keep the program lively; since its amorous content could easily slide into monotony with only one singer, a mix of interpretations is the right way to go. Their accompanists, Graham Johnson and Ronan O'Hora, also contribute to the highly varied textures and moods of this album, though in rather understated playing that never upstages the singers. Hyperion's sound quality is pleasant overall, though a little variable due to the different engineers, venues, and acoustics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571173351
  • Catalog Number: 67335
  • Sales rank: 351,880

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Puisque j'ai mis ma lèvre, song for voice & piano in C Major - Gabriel Fauré & John Mark Ainsley (3:14)
  2. 2 Tristesse d'Olympio, song for voice & piano - Gabriel Fauré & Victor Hugo (3:39)
  3. 3 Hymne, song for voice & piano in G major, Op. 7/2 - Gabriel Fauré & Charles Baudelaire (2:20)
  4. 4 Sylvie, for voice & piano in F Major, Op. 6/3 - Gabriel Fauré & John Mark Ainsley (2:24)
  5. 5–7 Poème d'un jour, song cycle (3) for voice and piano, Op. 21 - Gabriel Fauré & John Mark Ainsley (5:49)
  6. 6 Nell, song for voice & piano in G flat Major, Op. 18/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (2:03)
  7. 7 Notre amour, song for voice & piano, Op. 23/2 - Gabriel Fauré & Graham Johnson (1:58)
  8. 8 Le secret ("Je veux que le matin l'ignore le nom"), song for voice & piano in D flat Major, Op. 23/3 - Gabriel Fauré & Graham Johnson (2:21)
  9. 9 Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (2:09)
  10. 10 Fleur Jetée, song for voice & piano in F minor, Op. 39/2 - Gabriel Fauré & John Mark Ainsley (1:30)
  11. 11 Les Présents, song for voice & piano in F Major, Op. 46/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (2:02)
  12. 14–19 Shylock, incidental music and suite for tenor & orchestra, Op. 57 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (15:55)
  13. 15 Sérénade du bourgeois gentilhomme, song for voice & piano in F Minor, Op. Posth. - Gabriel Fauré & John Mark Ainsley (1:27)
  14. 21–29 La Bonne chanson, song cycle (9) for voice & piano (or string quintet & piano), Op. 61 - Gabriel Fauré & Graham Johnson (21:20)
  15. 22 Le Ramier, song for voice & piano in E Minor ("madrigal "), Op. 87/2 - Gabriel Fauré & Graham Johnson (1:54)
  16. 23 Le Don silencieux, song for voice & piano in E major, Op. 92 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean Dominique (2:20)
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