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Hyperion French Song Edition - Fauré: Complete Songs Vol 1

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Les Matelots, song for voice & piano in E flat major, Op. 2/2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Seule!, song for voice & piano in E minor, Op. 3/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Chanson du pecheur ("Ma belle amie est morte"), song for voice & piano or orchestra in F minor ("lam
>Fauré, Gabriel : Barcarolle for voice & piano in G minor, Op. 7/3
>Fauré, Gabriel : Tarantelle, Op. 10 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Au Cimetiere, song for voice & piano in E minor, Op. 51/2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Les larmes, Op. 51 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Melodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise"
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pleurs d'or, Op. 72
>Fauré, Gabriel : Accompangnement, song for voice & piano in G flat major, Op. 85/3
>Fauré, Gabriel : La fleur qui va sur l'eau, Op. 85 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Mirages, song cycle (4) for voice & piano, Op. 113
>Fauré, Gabriel : C'est la paix!, song for voice & piano, Op.114
>Fauré, Gabriel : L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118
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Notes & Reviews:

"Showing a greater variety than some other releases in the related Hyperion series, the music on the volume is divided among seven singers, all of whom will be familiar from pervious Hyperion projects. The young men, tenor John Mark Ainsley, and baritones Christopher Maltman and Stephen Varcoe, are the standouts here." - Boyer, American Record Guide

'A dozen individual songs on aqueous themes are shared by a distinguished line-up of mostly British singers. As ever in Hyperion's song surveys, the piano accompaniments and the written documentation are immaculately presented by Graham Johnson' (The Guardian)

'Hyperion's sound is impeccable and in both his playing and accompanying essay, Graham Johnson penetrates to the heart of one of music's most subtle and enigmatic geniuses' (Gramophone)

'It sounds as if Hyperion is inviting us to embark on what will become a deeply satisfying voyage' (International Record Review)

'Johnson's own fluent playing finds the right tempo for each song, and his booklet notes are invaluable. Those who already love a handful of Fauré's songs will make many worthwhile discoveries here' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Johnson's vignette-studded notes, encompassing the poems with idiomatic translations, make a consistently engaging cornucopia worth at least the price of admission and whose wide-ranging erudition will afford surprises even to close students of the period' (Fanfare, USA)

'There can be nothing but praise for Johnson's pianism and his selection and arrangement of the songs. Volumes 3 and 4 are eagerly awaited' (The Sunday Telegraph)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Few singers would give over a whole evening to Fauré's songs on the concert platform, and choosing a way of presenting them on disc obviously poses problems. Previous sets had all the songs in chronological order; others chose poets or moods: Graham Johnson and company have begun with songs about water. This means a lot of dreaming and melancholy, whether in Gautier's Chanson du pêcheur ('Ma belle amie est morte', also set by Berlioz), or Richepin's Aucimitière. The latter is given a most beautiful rendition by John Mark Ainsley, who otherwise only sings on two tracks, with Jennifer Smith in the sentimental Pleurs d'or, and the homage to Venice and its lovers in Marc Monnier's Barcarolle.

Three cycles are the main items here. Felicity Lott sings the Cinq Mélodies de Venise, which includes some of Fauré's best-known songs, 'Mandoline', 'En sourdine' and 'Green'. She brings to bear on them a lifetime's devotion to French song. Her other contribution is Au bordde l'eau, to a poem by Sully-Prudhomme. This is made to sound very sad; taken faster it can be quite merry; it's a celebration of love, as well as a meditation on the passing of time.

Stephen Varcoe sings Mirages, Fauré's penultimate cycle (1919). As Graham Johnson writes in his fascinating notes, these poems by Brimont permitted Fauré 'uneventful passion'. Christopher Maltman is the other featured singer, in five separate songs and L'horizon chimérique. All the performances are elegant and well-balanced, but one misses the extra slight note of acid that native French singers bring to Fauré's songs.

Hyperion's sound is impeccable and in both his playing and accompanying essay, Graham Johnson penetrates to the heart of one of music's most subtle and enigmatic geniuses.



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>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Les Matelots, song for voice & piano in E flat major, Op. 2/2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Seule!, song for voice & piano in E minor, Op. 3/1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Jennifer Smith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/18/1872

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Chanson du pêcheur ("Ma belle amie est morte"), song for voice & piano or orchestra in F minor ("lam
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Barcarolle for voice & piano in G minor, Op. 7/3
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Tarantelle, Op. 10 no 2
  • Performers: Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8 no 1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Au Cimetière, song for voice & piano in E minor, Op. 51/2
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Les larmes, Op. 51 no 1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise"
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Running Time: 12 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1891

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pleurs d'or, Op. 72
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano); Jennifer Smith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/21/1896

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Accompangnement, song for voice & piano in G flat major, Op. 85/3
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : La fleur qui va sur l'eau, Op. 85 no 2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 09/13/1902

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Mirages, song cycle (4) for voice & piano, Op. 113
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12/12/1919

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : C'est la paix!, song for voice & piano, Op.114
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Jennifer Smith
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/08/1919

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1921