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Faure: Piano Quintets Nos 1 & 2

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Piano Quintet no 1 in D minor, Op. 89
>Fauré, Gabriel : Piano Quintet no 2 in C minor, Op. 115
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Chamber music", wrote Faure, "really is... true music and the most sincere expression of a genuine personality." In these Quintets Faure creates a fluid sense of constantly shifting harmony which is inimitably his own. The fluidity is apparently effortless, but the Quintets also contain great drama, tension and profound emotion. The Schubert Ensemble is passionate about the music of Faure and has played the Quintets in many concerts across the UK. The Ensemble is firmly established as one of the world's leading exponents of chamber music receiving a Royal Philharmonic Society award in 1998 for best Chamber Ensemble.

BBC Music Magazine
It is hard not to be beguiled by the charms of Fauré's First Piano Quintet when played with the kind of understanding displayed by The Schubert Ensemble. They are similarly convincing in the late C minor Quintet... William Howard brings a suitably fleet-fingered lightness of touch to the shyly virtuosic piano part, and each of the string players combines beauty with incisiveness.

Gramophone Magazine
Committed performances vividly recorded.

The Guardian
The Schubert Ensemble handle [Op. 89's] lightweight charms with great tact, understated elegance and an ease even in the long first movement...The second quintet... is a superficially sunnier work, with a positively extrovert scherzo that the Schubert players relish

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (03/16/2009-03/18/2009).



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>Fauré, Gabriel : Piano Quintet no 1 in D minor, Op. 89
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (03/16/2009-03/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Fauré, Gabriel : Piano Quintet no 2 in C minor, Op. 115
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (03/16/2009-03/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1919-1921