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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:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Involving January 29, 2017 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "I can only say ditto to the comments of the professional and customer reviews. Warm, personal, intimate. The latter somewhat stepped-on due to up close recording." Report Abuse
 BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCES!!! December 16, 2015 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "In my chamber-music playing days I was very fond of the Faure piano quartets and played them a lot. Recently I happened to hear the second piano quartet with what it seemed to be an ad-hoc group with a pianist who absolutely overpowered the rest of the ensemble, too fast and way too loud, and I kept saying to myself uh-uh, that's not how to play the piece. And I kept thinking back to a recording I had heard many times on the Classical Music TV station, a group called Domus that really knew how to play it---the balance was just perfect, and the tempos were just right---beautiful. So I just recently purchased a copy of their recording of the two quartets, and I am now enjoying it very, very much indeed. Domus---named for the shape of the dome in which it played a lot of their performances---was a British piano quartet that really captured the sense of these two pieces and how to bring out the best in them. Thank you very much!" Report Abuse
 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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