Fauré: Theme et variations; Valses caprices; Nocturnes; Ballade / Angela Hewitt, piano

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Theme et variations, for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 73
>Fauré, Gabriel : Valse-caprice for piano no 1 in A major, Op. 30
>Fauré, Gabriel : Valse-caprice for piano no 2 in D flat major, Op. 38
>Fauré, Gabriel : Nocturne for piano no 5 in B flat major, Op. 37
>Fauré, Gabriel : Nocturne for piano no 6 in D flat major, Op. 63
>Fauré, Gabriel : Nocturne for piano no 13 in B minor, Op. 119
>Fauré, Gabriel : Ballade for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp major, Op. 19
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Notes & Reviews:

Angela Hewitt’s recordings of French piano music have received the highest critical acclaim. For this release, she turns to Fauré, a French composer who is both serious and introspective, with a refinement that has led to him being relatively overlooked by some performers. In Angela Hewitt’s hands this music is an utter joy. This album includes the composer's major work in the genre, the Thème et variations, Op 73, along with a selection of Valses-caprices and Nocturnes. It ends with a more radiant piece from Fauré’s youth, the Ballade pour piano seul, Op 19, dedicated to Saint-Saëns.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
Turning convention topsy-turvy, she reminds us in her vehement, brightly lit performances that Faure objected to pianists who play his music 'with the shutters down.

Financial Times, 7th September 2013
She brings not just an intimate grasp of the music's harmonic and technical demands, but an essential refinement - most evident in the Theme and Variations, in which she finds élan, lightness and grandeur without overemphasising the differences between the 11 variations.

The Guardian, 5th September 2013
It's a very thoughtfully planned sequence, beautifully executed; the sharply contrasting characters of each of the variations...are perfectly focused, while the joyous exuberance of the early Ballade sweeps all before it...All these pieces are presented with exemplary clarity and wonderfully crystalline tone.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
An exquisite Faure recital...The purity and strong, supple backbone of her playing lets Faure's inventive genius, his extraordinary sensitivity to colour, harmonic shading, texture and eloquence, shine on its own terms...Hewitt can draw us into Faure's unique bubble and simply envelop us in his cool, self-sufficient gorgeousness.

The Independent, 15th September 2013
Particularly masterly are the variations, the heartbreaking 7th and final 12th very lovely. Hewitt observes that Fauré, who did not die until 1924, was born in Schumann and Chopin's lifetimes: the pianism and songfulness show their legacy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/11/2012-08/14/2012).



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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Thème et variations, for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 73
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/11/2012-08/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Valse-caprice for piano no 1 in A major, Op. 30
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/11/2012-08/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1882

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Valse-caprice for piano no 2 in D flat major, Op. 38
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/11/2012-08/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 07/1884

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Nocturne for piano no 5 in B flat major, Op. 37
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/11/2012-08/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Nocturne for piano no 6 in D flat major, Op. 63
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/11/2012-08/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Nocturne for piano no 13 in B minor, Op. 119
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/11/2012-08/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Ballade for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/11/2012-08/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/1881