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The Fauré Album / Gil Shaham


Release Date: 10/07/2003 
Label:  Vanguard   Catalog #: 1239   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Akira EguchiGil ShahamBrinton Smith
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Like so many artists today, Gil Shaham finds himself at the top of his form but with no major label outlet for his talents. Happily he has had the vision and smarts to find a way to create his own imprint, Canary Classics, in association with the reborn Vanguard label, and we can only hope that we will be hearing from him regularly. As these performances clearly reveal, he has a lot to say in this music, and the entire program has been well chosen to appeal both to "serious" classical music fans and to those who enjoy shorter or less challenging fare.


First, the serious stuff: Shaham and pianist Akira Eguchi turn in an impressive performance of the First Violin Sonata, one quite different from the
Read more aristocratic classic Grumiaux recording on Philips. Here the work's roots in Beethoven's own contributions to this medium come to the fore, most tellingly in the punchy scherzo and sharply delineated rhythms of the outer movements. The Andante, in contrast, sings with true Romantic ardor. It's a lovely performance, as is that of the late and comparatively elusive Piano Trio, where the duo receives handsome assistance from cellist Brinton Smith, and all concerned bring a welcome degree of freshness and energy to a work that in other hands tends to languish.


Eight shorter pieces fill out the program, including a charming transcription by Eguchi of Après un Reve, the inevitable "Sicilienne" from Pelleas et Melisande, and two more substantial offerings: Romance Op. 28, and the Andante Op. 75. Coming as they do between the two larger works (save for the Eguchi transcription, which closes the program as an "encore"), the entire disc offers a welcome variety of material that truly adds up to a "Fauré Album", exactly as promised.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Akira Eguchi (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 25 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Sérénade toscane, Op. 3 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Akira Eguchi (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1878; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ferdinando Ronchini. 
3.
Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Albert Périlhou. 
4.
Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Akira Eguchi (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Fileuse by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Akira Eguchi (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Auer. 
6.
Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
7.
Morceau de lecture for Violin and Piano by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Romance for Violin and Piano in B flat major, Op. 28 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9.
Andante for Violin and Piano in B flat major, Op. 75 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10.
Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano), Brinton Smith (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 19 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1922 - 1923). 
11.
Aprčs un ręve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Brinton Smith (Cello), Gil Shaham (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Akira Eguchi. 

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