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Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartets

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 15
>Fauré, Gabriel : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 45
>Fauré, Gabriel : Nocturne for piano no 4 in E major, Op. 36
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Notes & Reviews:

In 1871 Faure joined the Societe Nationale de Musique whose mission was to promote French music and offer a forum for the circulation of orchestral and chamber works. The Society was to be the springboard for much of Faure's chamber music including the Piano Quartets. Kathy Stott is an acknowledged interpreter of Faure's music and the BBC Music Magazine recently wrote "Kathryn Stott reinforces her position as one of the finest Faure interpreters of her generation". She has long wished to record Faure's hauntingly beautiful two piano quartets but was looking for the right ensemble. Fortunately she found the Hermitage String Trio, a group she has toured with on a number of occasions. The Strad recently wrote of the group "This ensemble will do much to put more string trio repertory on the musical map". The Quartets are coupled with the Nocturne No. 4 for solo piano.

BBC Music Magazine
Stott and the Heritage Trio imbue the hushed sections with a sense of eerie menace, refusing to smooth the edges, which is certainly not to say they are rough and ready elsewhere...the exquisite account by Stott of the fourth Nocturne is the icing on the cake.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/24/2009-04/26/2009).



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>Fauré, Gabriel : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Hermitage String Trio
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/24/2009-04/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1876-1879

>Fauré, Gabriel : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 45
  • Performer: Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Hermitage String Trio
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/24/2009-04/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1885-1886

>Fauré, Gabriel : Nocturne for piano no 4 in E major, Op. 36
  • Performer: Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/24/2009-04/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884