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Faure: Complete Barcarolles; Trois Romances Sans Paroles

Faure / Owen
Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2240   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



FAURÉ Barcarolles (complete) . 3 Romances sans paroles , op. 17 Charles Owen (pn) AVIE AV 2240 (63:20)


At the midcentury there were still artists active who had known Fauré and were cognizant of his world, however rapidly it may have been passing. One thinks of Marguerite Long, Yvonne Lefébure, Vlado Perlemuter, Robert Casadesus, Jean Doyen. As Fauré passed from Read more living memory, a new generation of pianists approached his works with the generic, heavily pedaled, freely rubatomized manner that was the pianistic lingua franca of the 20th century’s last third. Matters of touch—light or sec, and sparing—and rhythmic steadiness were forgotten or ignored, and the public came to accept what was offered, that is, a sound very different from that which Fauré took for granted. The matter is not one of insisting upon slavish adherence to a “sacred tradition”—now, in any case, beyond recall—but of cultivating those oddments of style facilitating the optimum realization of Fauré’s music, which trails a dimension not always evident from close reading of its performing directions.


The marvel is the breathing naturalness with which Charles Owen has accomplished it—a marvel so complete that one is delighted, moved, entranced, noting only how deftly it is done. Without giving accompaniments or subsidiary figures undue prominence, every part is alive and singing with absolute, silvery clarity. Complementing his nonpareil traversal of the nocturnes (Avie 2133, Fanfare 32:1), Owen wings the barcarolles’ expressive curve, from early blithesomeness through middle-period pith and wizardry to the spare poetry of wizened old age, with a sympathetic grasp reviving, for an hour, a vanished world. One leaves it overcome with gratitude—gratitude to the composer, the artist, and for their rare endeavor, which has turned out so ravishingly well. For decades, the great and aptly named Jean Doyen’s traversal of the complete piano works was an unfailing touchstone for revealing Fauré’s manner of saying important things conversationally. Unfortunately, Erato’s masters were in sorry shape and their transfer to CDs was a disappointment. The good news is that Owen overtops him, and in sound of detailed, open, savoring immediacy. Jessica Duchen’s knowing annotations—a beautifully written contribution to the Fauré literature—confect a final elegance. This is for the ages, classic and indispensable.


FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

1.
Barcarolle for Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 26 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Barcarolle for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 41 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Barcarolle for Piano no 3 in G flat major, Op. 42 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Barcarolle for Piano no 4 in A flat major, Op. 44 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Barcarolle for Piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 66 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6.
Barcarolle for Piano no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Barcarolle for Piano no 7 in D minor, Op. 90 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Barcarolle for Piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 96 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9.
Barcarolle for Piano no 9 in A minor, Op. 101 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
10.
Barcarolle for Piano no 10 in A minor, Op. 104 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11.
Barcarolle for Piano no 11 in G minor, Op. 105 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913-1914; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Barcarolle for Piano no 12 in E flat major, Op. 106bis by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
13.
Barcarolle for Piano no 13 in C major, Op. 116 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
14.
Romances sans paroles (3) for Piano, Op. 17 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1863; France 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Barcarolle no 2

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Faure at his best. April 9, 2014 By David S. (Fenelon Falls, ON) See All My Reviews "Faure never disappoints but this recording stands out as extra special. Since these Barcarolles span most of the composer's life they are an interesting reflection of his growing maturity as a musical composer. The performance is delicate & expressive. Charles Owen, the pianist, is in complete command of this rich musical panoply. His touch is sensitive yet elastic. What a wonderful recording!" Report Abuse
 Smooth impressionism October 6, 2012 By Claudette L. (Hampstead, NH) See All My Reviews "I never owned Faure recordings. This one is very impressionistic--smooth, velvety, and technically vibrant. Have played some of the Barcarolles, and enjoyed hearing them so beautifully performed." Report Abuse
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