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Fauré: Sonatas For Violin & Piano / Faust, Boffard


Release Date: 07/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951741   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Florent BoffardIsabelle Faust
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Fauré's music for violin and piano links both ends of the composer's long career, from the early A major sonata's lyric beauty and wry playfulness to the strange, bleak harmonic refinement and terse polyphony characterizing the aged master's second work in this genre. Both the Romance and Andante typify the mature Fauré's refined, concentrated style, while the salonish charm of the Berceuse refuses to fade. Violinist Isabelle Faust turns in stunning performances that are meticulously detailed yet full of headlong passion, soaring long lines, and bigness of conception. Notice, in the A major's finale, her subtle dynamic gradations and ripe, unaffected tone quality, or the richness of
Read more her sustained notes on the D and G strings in the E minor's first movement.


Faust, moreover, is clearly inspired by pianist Florent Boffard's affirmative, uplifting support, especially in his rock-solid, shapely bass lines and the opulent, organ-like, utterly unbanging tone he evokes from the concert grand. If you prefer more intimate, translucent Fauré, Grumiaux is still your first choice. But it's hard not to get swept away by Faust and Boffard's large-scaled, generous artistry, bathed in ample but not overly resonant sonics. A very special release, not to be missed.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the original release of this title, HM 901741 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Florent Boffard (Piano), Isabelle Faust (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; France 
Length: 23 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 108 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Isabelle Faust (Violin), Florent Boffard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
Length: 21 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Florent Boffard (Piano), Isabelle Faust (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4.
Romance for Violin and Piano in B flat major, Op. 28 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Isabelle Faust (Violin), Florent Boffard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Andante for Violin and Piano in B flat major, Op. 75 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Florent Boffard (Piano), Isabelle Faust (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Morceau de lecture for Violin and Piano by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Florent Boffard (Piano), Isabelle Faust (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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