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Faure: Dolly, Masques et Bergamasques, Trio / Le Sage, Pahud, Tharaud

Faure / Le Sage / Tharaud / Pahud / Colombet
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 603   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alexandre TharaudEric Le SageEmmanuel PahudFrançois Salque,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

FAURÉ Dolly for Piano Four-Hands. Masques et bergamasques for Piano Four-Hands. Fantaisie for Flute and Piano, op. 79. Morceau de concours for Flute and Piano. Piano Trio, op. 120. Aprés un rêve for Cello and Piano (trans. Casals). Pelléas et Mélisande: Read more class="ARIAL12">Sicilienne, for cello & piano. FAURÉ-MESSAGER Souvenirs de Bayreuth for Piano Four-Hands Eric Le Sage (pn); Alexandre Tharaud (pn); Emmanuel Pahud (fl); Pierre Colombet (vn); Raphaël Merlin (vc); Françoise Salque (vc) ALPHA 603 (70:32)

This comes wrapped in a certain air of carelessness. It might be called Eric Le Sage and Friends , and one assumes that Le Sage is the principal pianist, but there is no attempt to identify who plays what, on the jacket or in the booklet. Likewise, there is a reluctance to credit the arrangers and collaborators of several items, e.g., the contribution of André Meassager to the Souvenirs de Bayreuth ; some of which are taken at breakneck speed, thus obscuring their allusions to the Wagner operas they’re guying. In other pieces, however, gung-ho spontaneity is salutary. Going for the gusto, finesse occasionally takes a hit. Nestled amid the bonbons, a movingly elegiac reading of Fauré’s late Trio, too often dismissed as a feebly geriatric effort, makes a superb case for it and prompts one to hear Le Sage & Company’s three other Fauré albums. Despite occasional reservations, this gives pleasure. Recommended.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
Dolly, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1897; France 
Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120 by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Fantaisie for Flute and Piano, Op. 79 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  François Salque (Cello), Raphael Merlin (Cello), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Morceau de concours for Flute and Piano in F major by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 

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