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Fauré: Piano Quintets / Domus Quartet, Anthony Marwood

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

'Among the new discs celebrating the 150th anniversary of Fauré's birth this is outstanding' (The Guardian)

'Profound and fascinating works of alluring beauty performed with care and affection' (Classic CD)

'Chamber music disc of the month ... stunningly played ... beautifully recorded ... A worthy successor to the group's set of the two Piano Quartets' (Classic FM Magazine)

'An outstanding issue' (The Guardian)

'Exquisite' (San Francisco Examiner)

'Quelle merveille!' (Diapason, France)

'The playing of Domus in these two masterpieces is as light, delicate and full of insight as one would expect. They make one fall for this music all over again. This is the best-ever version of these two pieces' (Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This isn't music that yields its secrets easily. Despite pages pulsing with all Fauré's sustained radiance and energy, the abiding impression is of music of such profound introspection that you often feel like an interloper who's stumbled into a private conversation. But perseverance reaps the richest rewards, and moments like the opening of the D minor Quintet, where Fauré achieves what's referred to in the insert-notes as a 'rapt weightlessness', or the closing pages of the C minor Quintet's Andante moderato send out resonances that finally embrace the entire work. The otherworldly dance beginning the finale of the First Quintet, the wild catch-as-catchcan opening and elfin close of the C minor Quintet's Allegro vivo, or the grave serenity of the following Andante moderato - all these are at the heart of Fauré's simultaneously conservative and radical genius. Simply as a person he remained conscious of an elusiveness that baffled and tantalised even his closest friends, companions who felt themselves gently but firmly excluded from his complex interior world. Domus fully suggests this enigma, yet plays with an ardour and élan that would surely have delighted the composer ('people play me as if the blinds were down'). The recordings are superb.



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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Piano Quintet no 1 in D minor, Op. 89
  • Performers: Timothy Boulton (Viola); Richard Lester (Cello); Anthony Marwood (Violin); Krysia Osostowicz (Violin); Susan Tomes (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Domus Ensemble (Piano Quartet)
  • Notes: 07/09/1994-07/11/1994
  • Running Time: 29 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Piano Quintet no 2 in C minor, Op. 115
  • Performers: Timothy Boulton (Viola); Richard Lester (Cello); Anthony Marwood (Violin); Krysia Osostowicz (Violin); Susan Tomes (Piano)
  • Notes: 07/09/1994-07/11/1994
  • Running Time: 31 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1919-1921