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Eric Le Sage, Francois Salque, Paul Meyer - Gabriel Faure: Oeuvres pour Violoncelle et Piano (2011)

21-08-2016, 20:05
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Gabriel Faure: Oeuvres pour Violoncelle et Piano
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Alpha
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 01:14:00
Total Size: 320 Mb


01. Romance, Op. 69

Premiere Sonate, Op. 109
02. Allegro
03. Andante
04. Final, Allegro commodo
05. Elegie, Op. 24

Deuxieme Sonate, Op. 117
06. Allegro
07. Andante
08. Allegro vivo
09. Serenade, Op. 98
10. Papillon, Op. 77
11. Berceuse, Op. 16

Trio, Op. 120
12. Allegro, ma non troppo
13. Andantino
14. Allegro vivo

The works for cello and piano of Gabriel Faure stemmed primarily from the antipodes of his career. Early on, he primarily composed miniatures, though the well-known Op. 24 Elegie was intended to be a movement of a sonata that never came to pass. The works from near the end of his life -- especially the two complete sonatas -- both feature surprisingly spirited, bright, eager moments despite the composer's failing health and hearing. Pianist Eric le Sage is joined by cellist Francois Salque on this impressive Alpha album. The sound quality achieved by le Sage, Salque, and the recording engineers at Alpha is what truly sets this album apart from others like it. The overall recorded sound quality is dry, crisp, close, and possessing a minimum of reverb. Even a bit more of any of these qualities and the disc would be sterile and uninteresting. But in their present combination, the outcome is one of exceptional clarity and focus, one in which listeners are transported to the very heart of the music. Salque and le Sage play with equal measures of austerity and simplicity, letting Faure's sometimes overlooked sonatas speak to the openness and freedom achieved by the composer late in his career. The disc ends with a likewise enjoyable and gripping performance of the Op. 120 Trio with the addition of clarinetist Paul Meyer. As Vol. 1 of what is hopefully a survey of Faure's complete chamber music, this installment is definitely worth checking out. --Mike D. Brownell

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