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Fauré: Orchestral Works / Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic


Release Date: 11/14/1995 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9416   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kathryn StottRichard DavisPeter Dixon
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Faure wrote surprisingly few orchestral works, and it was a good idea on the part of Chandos to assemble this selection. However, although the transcription of the celebrated cello Elegie is the composer’s own, the Dolly suite, originally for piano duet, comes here in Henri Rabaud’s arrangement and the flute Fantaisie is the transcription made by Louis Aubert for Jean-Pierre Rampal. The biggest concertante work here, the Ballade of 1881, is Faure’s orchestration of his piano piece of the same name; it is gentle music that persuades and cajoles in a very Gallic way. Though not an overtly virtuoso utterance, it makes its own exacting technical demands on the soloist, among them being complete control of touch and pedalling. The deservedly Read more established Faurean Kathryn Stott meets these with consistent success, and, predictably, she receives idiomatic support from Yan Pascal Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic.

Masques et bergamasques, which takes its title from Verlaine’s sad, mysterious poem Clair de lune, is a late stage work that the composer himself described as melancholy and nostalgic, but it is hardly romantic, being instead pointedly neo-classical in character and shape, recalling Bizet’s youthful C major Symphony and Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Here, too, we find Faure the transcriber, for all but one of the pieces in this orchestral suite of four are revisions of much earlier piano pieces. The playing here under Tortelier is very satisfying, as are the elegant flute solos of the exquisitely delicate Pavane, here performed without the optional chorus, and in Dolly. The rarely heard Overture to the opera Penelope is also effectively presented here – as is everything in this generous programme. There’s little rhetoric and no bombast in Faure’s art, but how civilized he was, and what sympathetic interpreters serve him here! Chandos’s warm yet delicate recording suits the music well.

-- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [5/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1. Pénélope: Prelude by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1912; France 
2. Ballade for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp major, Op. 19 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
3. Fantaisie for Flute and Piano, Op. 79 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Richard Davis (Flute)
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: L. Aubert (1957) 
4. Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Peter Dixon (Cello)
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
5. Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
6. Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
7. Dolly, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1897; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Gabriel Fauré 

Featured Sound Samples

Masques et bergamasques: Suite: I. Ouverture
Dolly: I. Berceuse

Sound Samples

Masques et bergamasques, Op. 112: I. Ouverture: Allegro molto vivo
Masques et bergamasques, Op. 112: II. Menuet: Tempo di minuetto - Allegretto moderato
Masques et bergamasques, Op. 112: III. Gavotte: Allegro vivo
Masques et bergamasques, Op. 112: IV. Pastorale: Andantino tranquillo
Ballade in F sharp major, Op. 19
Pavane, Op. 50: Pavane in F sharp minor, Op. 50
Penelope: Prelude
Fantaisie, Op. 79: (orch. by L. Aubert)
Elegie, Op. 24 (version for cello and orchestra): Elegie, Op. 24 (arr. for cello and orchestra)
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. by H. Rabaud): I. Berceuse: Allegretto moderato
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. by H. Rabaud): II. Mi-a-ou: Allegro vivo
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. by H. Rabaud): III. Le jardin de Dolly: Andantino
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. by H. Rabaud): IV. Kitty-valse: Tempo di valse
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. by H. Rabaud): V. Tendresse: Andante
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. by H. Rabaud): VI. Le pas Espagnol: Allegro

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