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Fauré: Masques et Bergamasques, favorite orchestral works / Demarre McGill, flute; Alexander Velinzon, violin; Efe Baltacigil, cello

Audio Samples

  1. Fauré — Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112: I. Ouverture. Allegro molto vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Fauré — Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112: II. Menuet. Tempo di minuetto - Allegretto moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Fauré — Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112: III. Gavotte. Allegro vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Fauré — Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112: IV. Pastorale. Andantino tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Fauré — Fantaisie, Op. 79 (Arr. Y. Talmi for Flute and Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Fauré — Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80: I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Fauré — Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80: II. Fileuse $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Fauré — Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80: III. Sicilienne $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Fauré — Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80: IV. Mort de Melisande. Molto adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Fauré — Berceuse, Op. 16 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Fauré — Elégie, Op. 24 (Version for Cello and Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Fauré — Dolly Suite, Op. 56: I. Berceuse. Allegretto moderato (Arr. H. Rabaud) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Fauré — Dolly Suite, Op. 56: II. Mi-a-ou. Allegro vivo (Arr. H. Rabaud) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Fauré — Dolly Suite, Op. 56: III. Le jardin de Dolly. Andantino (Arr. H. Rabaud) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Fauré — Dolly Suite, Op. 56: IV. Kitty-valse. Tempo di valse (Arr. H. Rabaud) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Fauré — Dolly Suite, Op. 56: V. Tendresse. Andante (Arr. H. Rabaud) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Fauré — Dolly Suite, Op. 56: VI. Le pas Espagnol. Allegro (Arr. H. Rabaud) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Fauré — Pavane, Op. 50 (Version for Choir and Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Masques et bergamasques, suite for orchestra, Op. 112
>Fauré, Gabriel : Fantaisie for Flute and Piano, Op. 79
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80
>Fauré, Gabriel : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
>Fauré, Gabriel : Elegie for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 24
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly, Op. 56
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gabriel Fauré's most beloved orchestral works are presented here in sumptuous sonics. With naturalistic imaging, depth of field and dynamic range, these recordings have been engineered to audiophile standards and aim to capture as realistically as possible the sound of the orchestra performing on the Benaroya Hall stage. A rare recording of the choral version of the famous Pavane marks this as a definitive and necessary collection.



Reviews

Faur orchestral music
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra under its new conductor Ludovic Morlot continues its recording series with a new CD that features several works of the famous French composer, organist, pianist, and teacher Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), whose musical style influenced many 20th-century composers.
All of the works on this new CD have been recorded previously, and some of them have been recorded in more than one version - e.g. the Pavane, Op. 50 is available in both choral and orchestral-only performances. Any attempt to compare these new performances versus recordings of earlier ones would probably be an exercise in frustration.
The performances on this new CD seem excellent to me, the tempi sound about average compared with one or two other versions, and the recorded sound is first-class. Were I looking for a CD with this particular grouping of most of Faure's best-known and most popular pieces, I would definitely purchase it.
Ted Wilks

Submitted on 07/02/14 by Ted Wilks 
A good recording to start with

I received a package with three discs to review. When I asked a colleague which one to begin with, he said, "Start with the Faur." It was good advice. The Seattle Symphony has founded their own record label, and this inaugural release is a strong debut release.

The plush romanticism of Faur's music seems a perfect match for the Seattle Symphony's ensemble sound. Pellas et Mlisande was recorded before a particularly well-behaved live audience, and the entire program was recorded in installments over a two year period. Yet the album has a surprisingly uniform sound.

And what a sound! The recorded ensemble has an expansive, warm sound that serves the music well. A real standout is the Pavane, which includes the Seattle Symphony Chorale singing with the intimate delicacy of a chamber choir.

Ludovich Morlot brings out the personality of each work; the light-heartedness of Masques et Bergamasques, the charming innocence of Dolly. the dark beauty of Pellas et Mllisande. And the featured soloists from within the orchestra are worthy of note, too. Flutist Demarre McGill (Fantaisie for Flute), violinist Alexander Velinzon (Berceuse), and cellist Efe Baltacigil (lgie) effectively communicate the emotions of their respective works, making them much more substantial than mere showpieces.

My colleague was right. If you have a choice of what to listen to, start with the Faur.
Submitted on 07/02/14 by RGraves321 
"Exquisite Harmonies and Transparent Texture"
Lots of competition here. Some of it is formidable, i.e., Ansermet, Marriner and Tortelier. Despite this, there is much to praise. The all Faure program is generous (70 minutes) and includes some attractive obscurities, e.g., the seldom encountered choral setting of the famous Pavane. The three first chair players of the S.S. all acquit themselves with grace and confidence in the pieces requiring a soloist. Maestro Morlot leads nuanced, insightful readings of these marvelous scores. The Pelleas and Melisande is a perfect illustration of the high level of results attained. Clearly, conductor and orchestra are completely at ease with this repertoire. The engineering is luminous, spacious and realistically balanced. A home run for all involved.
Submitted on 08/06/14 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Masques et bergamasques, suite for orchestra, Op. 112
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall (10/20/2011/10/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Fantaisie for Flute and Piano, Op. 79
  • Performer: Demarre McGill (Flute)
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Chorale
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall (10/27/2011/02/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/28/1898

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall (02/14/2013-02/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
  • Performer: Alexander Velinzon (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Elégie for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 24
  • Performer: Efe Baltacigil (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Dolly, Op. 56
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall (10/20/2011/10/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1896

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall (2011-10-27&2012-02-29&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887