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Hyperion French Song Edition - Fauré: Complete Songs Vol 2

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Mai, Op. 1 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Puisqu'ici-Bas, for 2 voices & piano, Op. 10/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dans les ruines d'une abbaye, song for voice & piano in A major, Op. 2/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Lydia, Op. 4 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : L'absent ("Sentiers où l'herbe se balance"), for voice & piano in A minor, Op. 5/3
>Fauré, Gabriel : Chant D'Automne, song for voice & piano in A minor, Op. 5/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Tristesse, Op. 6 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Le voyageur, song for voice & piano in A minor, Op. 18/2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Sérénade toscane ("O tu che dirmie riposata stai"), for voice & piano in B flat minor, Op. 3/2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Automne, Op. 18 no 3
>Fauré, Gabriel : La Fée Aux Chansons, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Noël, song for voice and piano with or without harmonium ad lib, Op. 43/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Spleen, for voice & piano in D minor, Op. 51/3
>Fauré, Gabriel : Il est né le divin enfant, harmonized carol for children's chorus & organ, harp, oboe, cello & contr
>Fauré, Gabriel : En prière, canticle for voice & organ (or orchestra) in E flat major
>Fauré, Gabriel : Prison, Op. 83 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dans la Forêt de septembre, song for voice & piano in G flat major, Op. 85/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Chanson, song for voice & piano in E minor, Op. 94
>Fauré, Gabriel : Le jardin clos, Op. 106
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Notes & Reviews:

"The discreet but authoritative Graham Johnson has masterminded a pleasing sequence of more than two dozen songs shared eight singers." - The Independent

'the discreet but authoritative Graham Johnson has masterminded a pleasing sequence of more than two dozen songs shared among eight singers. For my money, the soprano Geraldine McGreevy is the star of the enterprise. The way she adjusts her tone colour - indeed, her whole musical personality - between songs, is often remarkable... Johnson's annotations are both erudite and valuable as listening aids' (The Independent)

'the chronological placement of songs within the programme highlights the composer's development and the quality and variety of Fauré's achievement shine through. As well as providing his usual comprehensive notes, Johnson is as ever a perceptive accompanist' (BBC Music Magazine)

'all the singers involved in this ideally presented and recorded offering perform with a special ardour and commitment and Graham Johnson is, as always, a matchless partner and commentator. I can scarcely wait for Volume 3' (Gramophone)

'As before, Johnson's notes are a model of what's required, whether you are an adept in Fauré's mélodies or a newcomer. They are stylish, informative and suffused with his passion for this music. Then there's his own artistry, authoritative but never overbearing' (International Record Review)

'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
Volume 2 of Hyperion's superb Fauré song series takes its theme from Clair de lune and an idealised landscape peopled with dreaming birds and sobbing fountains. It follows the composer from youth to old age, from the young charmer to the mature master to the inscrutable sage, imaginatively side-stepping all possible monotony.

Fauré's dream world is a mirror of an occasionally innocent nature that received too many cruel knocks, reflected in music of light and darkness, courage and despair. All the singers involved in this ideally presented and recorded offering perform with a special ardour and commitment; Graham Johnson is, as always, a matchless partner and commentator.

BBC Music Magazine
There's a high standard of singing throughout and... Geraldine McGreevy offers delicacy, shape and direction, combined with an intelligent variety of tone, and Christopher Maltman's more forthright approach gives impetus to 'Le voyageur' and 'Prison'. Though her tone is a touch mature, Jennifer Smith is able to draw on the warm colours of her voice for the late cycle Le jardin clos (1914), a sombre, understated piece that emphasises the oblique, unpredictable harmony of the composer's final period.



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>Fauré, Gabriel : Mai, Op. 1 no 2
  • Performers: Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Voice); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1862

>Fauré, Gabriel : Puisqu'ici-Bas, for 2 voices & piano, Op. 10/1
  • Performers: Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1863

>Fauré, Gabriel : Dans les ruines d'une abbaye, song for voice & piano in A major, Op. 2/1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Fauré, Gabriel : Lydia, Op. 4 no 2
  • Performers: Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Voice); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Fauré, Gabriel : L'absent ("Sentiers où l'herbe se balance"), for voice & piano in A minor, Op. 5/3
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/03/1871

>Fauré, Gabriel : Chant D'Automne, song for voice & piano in A minor, Op. 5/1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Fauré, Gabriel : Tristesse, Op. 6 no 2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Fauré, Gabriel : Le voyageur, song for voice & piano in A minor, Op. 18/2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Fauré, Gabriel : Sérénade toscane ("O tu che dirmie riposata stai"), for voice & piano in B flat minor, Op. 3/2
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1878.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Fauré, Gabriel : Automne, Op. 18 no 3
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Fauré, Gabriel : La Fée Aux Chansons, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 09/16/1882

>Fauré, Gabriel : Noël, song for voice and piano with or without harmonium ad lib, Op. 43/1
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Fauré, Gabriel : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Fauré, Gabriel : Spleen, for voice & piano in D minor, Op. 51/3
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Fauré, Gabriel : Il est né le divin enfant, harmonized carol for children's chorus & organ, harp, oboe, cello & contr
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/23/1888

>Fauré, Gabriel : En prière, canticle for voice & organ (or orchestra) in E flat major
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/28/1890

>Fauré, Gabriel : Prison, Op. 83 no 1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/04/1894

>Fauré, Gabriel : Dans la Forêt de septembre, song for voice & piano in G flat major, Op. 85/1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 09/29/1902

>Fauré, Gabriel : Chanson, song for voice & piano in E minor, Op. 94
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Fauré, Gabriel : Le jardin clos, Op. 106
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Jennifer Smith
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914