Author Topic: Gabriel Fauré (Faure)  (Read 40174 times)

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Gabriel Fauré (Faure)
« on: July 21, 2007, 09:46:34 AM »
So any fans here?
I got to say i love his chamber music and piano works.
I actually prefer his nocturnes to chopin's, am i insane?  >:D

Discuss!

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2007, 09:48:17 AM »
For Faure, I'd go with his songs and his Requiem. :)

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2007, 09:49:28 AM »
Oh Yes, i absolutely love the requiem!

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2007, 09:50:34 AM »
Oh Yes, i absolutely love the requiem!

Get the version on Naxos. More intimate (as Faure envisaged it, according to the sleevenotes) than many others I've heard. ;)

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2007, 10:03:19 AM »
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I actually prefer his nocturnes to chopin's, am i insane?  >:D



No. Songs and chamber music primarily for me though,  am slowly getting aquainted with his piano music, so understated and bare with this powerful passion beneath the surface, occasionally erupting.

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2007, 10:41:50 AM »
My preferred recording of Fauré's Requiem is Celibidache's on EMI (coupled with the Stravinsky Symphonie des psaumes). Celibidache manages to create a sound that is, to my ears, perfectly suited to the score. There is a sense of peace, created both by Fauré's decision to do without the fire-and-brimstone scenes and by Celibidache's careful phrasing and broad, architectural approach to it. It probably isn't too idiomatic, but I'm not enough of a Fauré scholar to make that call, but I think it's fairly true to the spirit of the score.

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2007, 11:21:53 AM »
That would be the chambermusic, most of it anyway.

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2007, 11:41:18 AM »
I love the Sanctus from the Requiem

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2007, 12:07:09 PM »
So any fans here?
I got to say i love his chamber music and piano works.
I actually prefer his nocturnes to chopin's, am i insane?  >:D

Discuss!

Yeah, I am definitely fan of Fauré!

Stunning chamber music. It's not insane to prefer Fauré's Nocturnes to those of Chopin, I do that too.

Requiem is the most beautiful of then all.

Fauré is among the finest French composers.
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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2007, 03:52:14 AM »
The 12 nocturne is just amazing, love the 1st aswell, the 2nd, hell they are all good.
I agree, you can see the chopin influence there, but to me he takes it to another level, so much more going on, much more exciting to my ears.

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2007, 09:29:55 AM »
Faure's harmonic adventurousness and tendency for unexpected modulations create a dreamy, restless and elusive quality...

True, very true. Fauré's play on harmony is delicious!
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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2007, 12:44:16 PM »
Quick 'heads-up' for fans of Faure's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine: I'm uploading both works from this Saturday's BBC Prom concert. In about 45 minutes or so, the links will be in the Proms 2007 thread. ;)

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2007, 05:58:30 PM »
I actually prefer his nocturnes to chopin's, am i insane?  >:D

No, just boring.

Not that his piano music isn't great, though i tend to prefer his chamber works.

BTW, if you like Faure, don't miss out on George Enescu. The latter is to the first what Brahms was to Schumann...

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2007, 06:18:54 PM »
This is the only Faure that I have so far. The Requiem on SACD. Its sublime :)

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2007, 10:10:09 PM »
This is the only Faure that I have so far. The Requiem on SACD. Its sublime :)



Exactly the performance of the Requiem I was going to suggest. It's the best of the 3 I own (the other 2 I have for their couplings) and I think the best I've ever heard.

I also love the Masques et Begamasgues suite and the Pelleas et Melisande suite. And the songs are just lovely, both to perform and listen to.
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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2007, 12:10:44 AM »
I prefer Fauré's chamber music. The violin sonatas, in special the first, the superb piano Trio, the string Quartet, the two piano Quartets and, above all, the two piano Quintets, to me the absolute masterpieces of Fauré.

Regarding the songs I am not so enthusiastic. Some are beautiful, "Au cemitière", "La Bonne Chanson", "Mirages", but in general I prefer the songs of Duparc, Chausson or Ravel.

In the piano music, the best are the Nocturnes and the Thème et Variations.

The opera Penélope has very beautiful moments (almost all the 2nd act), but I think it has not the power, the dramatic urge that the subject would deserve.

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2007, 04:37:15 AM »


Regarding the songs I am not so enthusiastic. Some are beautiful, "Au cemitière", "La Bonne Chanson", "Mirages", but in general I prefer the songs of Duparc, Chausson or Ravel.


I too love the songs of Duparc and Ravel, and also those of Debussy. But, though I do enjoy Chausson's songs, I would suggest that Faure was both more important as a song writer and more prolific. Apart from those you mention there are also such gems as Chanson d'Amour, Nell, the triptych Poeme d'un jour, Les berceaux, Notre amour, Les Roses d'Ispahan, Le secret, and, to my mind, the best rendition of Verlaine's Clair de lune. Other contributors will no doubt have other favourites. Fortunately, his song repertoire is well represented in the catalogue.
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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2007, 04:41:00 AM »
The chamber music is superb. But I see no point in preferring Fauré's nocturnes to Chopin's, or vice versa.

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2007, 08:55:30 AM »
The chamber music is superb. But I see no point in preferring Fauré's nocturnes to Chopin's, or vice versa.
Yeh, no point, just a matter of taste, that's all.

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Re: Gabriel Faure
« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2007, 10:34:04 AM »
I've always been rather fond of his piano sonatas.  :)

 

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