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Faure: Piano Quartets / Domus

Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 30007   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Susan TomesKrysia OsostowiczRobin IrelandTimothy Hugh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Domus Piano Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joan Chissell wrote that it was a long time since she had enjoyed a record so much, and there is "exceptional intimacy of ensemble, here underpinned by an instinctive feeling for the music's style". (Domus derives its name from the white mobile dome seating about 200 people in which the group gave its first performances.) The critic, Emile Vuillermoz once remarked that Faure "concealed his harmonic learning where another composer would have advertised it" and the two piano quartets exhibit all the refinement yet are enormously spirited. The intimacy to which this group aspires is ideally suited to this repertoire, and their performances have the requisite lightness of touch and subtlety. Their nimble and sensitive Read more pianist, Susan Tomes, can hold her own in the most exalted company. This is really first-class chamber-music playing without any of the public concert-hall projection that is so prevalent nowadays. Their performances have just the right sense of scale and grasp of tempos. Joan Chissell also wrote of "quicksilver-like fluidity of phrasing" in the C minor Quartet. Lovely playing from all concerned in this immensely civilized music.

-- Gramophone [10/1986]

"These performances of Fauré’s piano quartets from Domus are a highlight of the label and should be in every collection. The warm sound supports an exquisitely vivacious reading in which the overall direction is never lost in the finely judged minutiae."

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Susan Tomes (Piano), Krysia Osostowicz (Violin), Robin Ireland (Viola),
Timothy Hugh (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Domus Piano Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1879; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Length: 29 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 45 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Krysia Osostowicz (Violin), Robin Ireland (Viola), Timothy Hugh (Cello),
Susan Tomes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Domus Piano Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1885-86; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Length: 37 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Quartet no 2: I. Allegro molto moderato

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fantasic music! July 3, 2012 By Marilyn H. (Burlington, NC) See All My Reviews "I had been told that Faure's chamber music was some of the best he wrote, so I decided to try this. And sure enough--it was wonderful! Turns out I had at least heard the first quartet before, but the second one was new to me and marvelous. Have no other performance to compare this one to, but I can't imagine finding one that I liked better. I immediately ordered a copy for a friend, which is what this order was." Report Abuse
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