ATMA Classique is delighted to present the complete mélodies for voice and piano of Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924). This recording marks the first time the songs will be heard in their original keys and voice types, according to the composer’s indications for their first performances. Included are pieces written as incidental music for the stage, such as songs for Shylock or Melisande. Faure’s mélodies are performed by four Canadian singers who bring distinct vocal qualities to their interpretations: Hélène Guilmette, soprano; Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano; Antonio Figueroa, tenor; and Marc Boucher, baritone. Pianist Olivier Godin accompanies the singers on an 1859 Erard piano tuned to 435 Hz, the pitchRead more standard established in France by ministerial decree in 1859. The piano belongs to the Arte Musica Foundation at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and is known for its exceptional workmanship and unique sound. This retrospective of Faure’s melodies traces the evolution of the composer’s unique aesthetic, from the charm of his earlier pieces to more mature works such as Clair de lune and Apres un reve, which demonstrate his standing as a master of the French art song.
Tenor Antonio Figueroa's tone and light, quick vibrato sound remarkably like the old French tenors of long ago. He is also a master of vocal coloration and interprets his songs wonderfully. Baritone Marc Boucher does a fine interpretation of the famous Après un reve. Being familiar with Guilmette from other recordings, I knew how good her voice was, but I was surprised and delighted by mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, whose voice is also pure and beautifully placed and whose legato, like Guilmette’s, is superb.
Mirages, Op. 113by Gabriel Fauré Performer:
Hélène Guilmette (Soprano),
Olivier Godin (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1919; France
Le jardin clos, Op. 106by Gabriel Fauré Performer:
Julie Boulianne (Mezzo Soprano),
Olivier Godin (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1914; France
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The Benchmark RecordingJune 27, 2018By Marvin J. Ward (Easthampton, MA)See All My Reviews"This is a fine traversal, which, especially in view of the choice of piano, surpasses all previous traversals, because Fauré always played Érards, and composed at their keyboards (although this is an English one and is therefore somewhat different from the French equivalents), both at the Conservatoire, where he was the head for many years, and in his apartment, where the company changed out his personal loaned one every few years, and left the last one with his widow - it is now in the Musée de la Musique,in Paris. See my 5-part piece on this subject here https://www.cvnc.org/article.cfm?articleId=5558 (This detail with a link is found in Part III). The performances by fine Francophone singers are also a real plus! Their accuracy in diction is also unchallenged, and the voices suit the music beautifully. Because I have reviewed professionally elsewhere, I have ever reviewed for a retail site before, but because fewer and fewer independent sites accept reviews any more, and because I feel so strongly about the value of this set, I am breaking my self-imposed rule to get the word out about this recording. You can purchase this without hesitation."Report Abuse