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Fauré: Complete Piano Quartets & Quintets / Eynor, piano; Kehr, violin; Neuhaus, violin; Sichermann, viola; Braunholz, cello

Album Summary

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

This 2CD set brings together Fauré's Piano Quartets - including the much-loved C minor Quartet, surely Fauré's best-known chamber work - and the rarely performed or recorded Piano Quintets. Listeners who are most familiar with Fauré's music through his Requiem and other vocal works, or who may only know the C minor Quartet out of all his chamber repertoire, are urged to discover the less well-known chamber works here, as they are charming pieces that showcase the harmonic richness and melodic invention that are hallmarks of Fauré's style. The Op.15 Quartet is an exquisitely crafted work, in which romantic, passionate melodies seamlessly fit into relatively strict classical forms. The first movement, in a concise sonata form, but displaying luxurious late-Romantic textures, is a case in point. This is followed by a vivacious Scherzo, a beautiful, songlike Adagio, and a boisterous finale that includes an astonishing succession of key changes. The Op.45 Quartet demonstrates a much bolder departure from the Classical tradition in terms of both structure and harmony. Some of its most striking moments include a mercurial, rhythmically inventive Scherzo and an evocative, deeply moving Adagio. Fauré's Piano Quintets are both mature masterpieces and showcase how his musical language had evolved and become more experimental. Op.89 won great admiration from its dedicatee Eugène Ysaÿe, who called it "absolute music in the purest sense of the word". The Op.115, dedicated to another eminent composer, Paul Dukas, dates from 1921, three years before Fauré's death, and could be said to represent the pinnacle of his art. Indeed, following its premiere in Paris, one reviewer wrote "We had expected a beautiful work, but not one as beautiful as this." Other information: Recorded in 1966 in Stuttgart. Booklet features extensive liner notes.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
While they may not convey every nuance, these elegant accounts of Faure's Piano Quartets and Quintets nonetheless capture the spirit of these works even in the elusive Op. 115.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Südwest Tonstudio Stuttgart (1966).



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>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Piano Quintet no 1 in D minor, Op. 89
  • Performers: Bernard Braunholz (Cello); Jacqueline Eymar (Piano); Günter Kehr (Violin); Werner Neuhaus (Violin); Erich Sichermann (Viola)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 39 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: Bernard Braunholz (Cello); Jacqueline Eymar (Piano); Günter Kehr (Violin); Werner Neuhaus (Violin); Erich Sichermann (Viola)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1919-1921

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 15
  • Performers: Bernard Braunholz (Cello); Günter Kehr (Violin); Werner Neuhaus (Violin); Erich Sichermann (Viola)
  • Running Time: 28 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
  • Performers: Bernard Braunholz (Cello); Günter Kehr (Violin); Werner Neuhaus (Violin); Erich Sichermann (Viola)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1885-1886