Treya Quartet plays Gabriel Fauré

Treya Quartet plays Gabriel Fauré

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The Treya Quartet is an international jazz combo consisting of trumpet/flügelhorn, piano, bass, and drums (with additional hammered dulcimer and bodhran), so there might be a few raised eyebrows among classical listeners who anticipate a different kind of ensemble. Lest there be any doubt, no one should expect a recording of See more details below

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The Treya Quartet is an international jazz combo consisting of trumpet/flügelhorn, piano, bass, and drums (with additional hammered dulcimer and bodhran), so there might be a few raised eyebrows among classical listeners who anticipate a different kind of ensemble. Lest there be any doubt, no one should expect a recording of Gabriel Fauré's "String Quartet." Instead, this is an album of his mélodies or songs, which have been arranged as jazz ballads. The idea may seem odd at first, until one realizes that the harmonies and melodies of these songs are not far removed from the norms of cool jazz and that it only takes a modest adjustment of chords, instrumentation, and improvisation to carry these quasi-impressionist art songs of the fin de siècle into this mode of expression. Paolo Fresu's plaintive flügelhorn tone and simple, wispy phrasing may well bring to mind the intimate style of Miles Davis, and Peter Waters' eloquent and discreet piano has some of the classical crossover appeal of John Lewis or Dave Brubeck. Tony Overwater's bass and Gilbert Paeffgen's drums provide a solid foundation yet have enough rhythmic fluidity and agility to encompass a variety of patterns. The most familiar melody of the album is the subdued "Pavane," usually heard in its orchestral version, so this will provide easy access for most classical listeners. However, it is fair to say that this disc is oriented toward an audience of jazz fans and casual listeners, so purists will likely pass it by.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2011
Label:
Divox
UPC:
7619913498021
catalogNumber:
49802
Rank:
125225

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Treya Quartet   Primary Artist,Ensemble

Technical Credits

Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Victor Hugo   Poetry
Jurg Peterhans   Engineer
Paul Verlaine   Poetry
Peter Bürli   Producer
Peter Waters   Concept
Wolfram M. Burgert   Executive Producer
Treya Quartet   Arranger,Liner Notes
Stephane Bordese   Poetry
René-François-Armand Sully-Prudhomme   Poetry
Romain Bussine   Poetry
R. Scherer-Hall   Liner Note Translation
M. Amorini   Liner Note Translation
Louis Pommery   Poetry
J. André   Liner Note Translation
Isabelle Stump   Executive Producer
Gilbert Paeffgen   Concept
Charles Granmougin   Poetry
Cai Yuhua   Cover Photo

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