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Fauré: Cello Sonatas / Gagnepain, Dayez


Release Date: 02/12/2008 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 70602   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean-michel DayezXavier GagnepainJeremie Billet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



FAURÉ Berceuse. Élégie. Romance. Papillon. Sicilienne. Sérénade. Cello Sonatas: No. 1; No. 2. Morceau de lecture. 1 Vocalise. Après un rêve (arr. Casals). Romances sans paroles: Nos. 1–3 (arr. Delsart) Xavier Gagnepain (vc); Jérémie Billet Read more (vc); 1 Jean-Michel Dayez (pn) (period instruments) ZIG-ZAG 70602 (73: 22)


From the opening measures there is lift, lilt, delight, and lyric warmth. Gagnepain plays an 1878 Gand et Bernardel cello whose burnished mahogany lower register—opening up the scale in radiant amber—envelops melody in a startling aura of luxe et volupté . That enhances one’s pleasure immeasurably, of course, but Gagnepain is so attuned to Fauré’s peculiar sensuousness and melodic geste that one suspects he could coax expressive miracles from a battered school instrument. Indeed, the original instrument gambit cuts both ways. Dayez plays a 1902 Erard, said to have been Fauré’s preferred make, whose lightweight presence—something between mellow and hollow—leaves the pianist toiling in the rear. The cello is captured with such close-on immediacy that the piano is pushed into the background, springing to sudden piquant life only in solo passages. Though the recording is unbalanced, enough of Dayez’s flair emerges to confirm his close dialogue with Gagnepain, animating the parts and shaping opulence with formal point. For once—in the spate of recent Fauré cello programs—the lyric sentiment of the smaller pieces is lingered over lovingly, while the sonatas are revealed as major utterances by the artists’ prescient playing to their lyric logic. The occasional pieces— Morceu de lecture and Vocalise—and transcriptions are a generous addition to an already rich program. Gagnepain supplies brief annotations on the pieces, while special mention must be made of the couple of introductory pages by Jean-François Zygel that go as far as words may to explain Fauré’s ineffable melding of charm, profundity, and power. Forget the balance caveat—the ear adjusts as the particulars of rapture pour forth—and snag this splendid album at once.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 109 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean-michel Dayez (), Xavier Gagnepain (), Xavier Gagnepain (Cello),
Jean-michel Dayez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; France 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 117 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Xavier Gagnepain (Cello), Jean-michel Dayez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
3.
Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Xavier Gagnepain (Cello), Jean-michel Dayez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
4.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Xavier Gagnepain (Cello), Jean-michel Dayez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
5.
Vocalise-étude by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean-michel Dayez (Piano), Xavier Gagnepain (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
6.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean-michel Dayez (Piano), Xavier Gagnepain (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
7.
Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Xavier Gagnepain (Cello), Jean-michel Dayez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
8.
Romance for Cello and Piano, Op. 69 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Xavier Gagnepain (Cello), Jean-michel Dayez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
9.
Romances sans paroles (3) for Piano, Op. 17 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean-michel Dayez (Piano), Xavier Gagnepain (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1863; France 
10.
Morceau de lecture for 2 Cellos "Allegretto moderato" by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Xavier Gagnepain (Cello), Jeremie Billet (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 

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