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Gabriel Fauré: 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
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Notes & Reviews:

Gabriel Faure was a remarkable pianist who included his instrument in almost all his compositions, but seldom as a soloist. Instead, he preferred to combine the piano with chamber ensembles to produce the intimate atmosphere he so favored. Faure's Piano Quartets are among the finest works of French chamber music. With the instrumental formula of string trio and piano, he set out in his own way to follow in the footsteps of Schumann and Brahms. Performed here by Trio Wanderer, joined by violist Antoine Tamestit, these works receive idiomatic performances that emphasize the "French-ness" that makes them unique and special.

"The playing is magnificent, not just for its superb ensemble qualities, including ideal balances between the piano and strings, but also for what it tells us about the music. Faure's chamber music often receives self-consciously elegant and "stylish" performances that maximize its elegiac qualities and minimize its sheer power. Not here. Without ever resorting to crudeness, the players give the music a welcome amount of muscleHappily, the abundant energy is matched by an equal sensitivity in gentle passagesIf you've been turned off by this music before, finding it too subdued and lacking in vivid contrasts, then you owe it to yourself to hear these beautifully recorded performances. They will surely change your mind." - Classics Today (10/10)

The Telegraph
Trio Wanderer is here joined by Antoine Tamestit for performances of Fauré's two piano quartets that combine sensibility with winning strength of purpose. Fauré's melodic gifts are nurtured, and so, too, are the animated textures that make these quartets so fascinating and rewarding.

Sunday Times
Harmonia Mundi has done the trio and Tamestit's voluptuous viola proud. The sound is sumptuous, almost symphonic in scale and expansiveness...The intimate Fauré has rarely sounded more dramatic or passionate.

BBC Music Magazine
The Trio Wanderer, bolstered by Antoine Tamesit on viola, is soft-grained with wonderfully fluid string phrasing and rounded tone from the entire ensemble.

The Times
The French Trio Wanderer sail through his two piano quartets with masterful ease. Vincent Coq's nimble piano is a constant joy, while Raphael Pidoux's cello spins sombre magic in op 15's slow movement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (10/2008).



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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Antoine Tamesit (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Trio Wanderer
  • Running Time: 29 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1876-1879

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 45
  • Performer: Antoine Tamesit (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Trio Wanderer
  • Running Time: 32 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1885-1886