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Fauré: Requiem, Pelléas Et Méllisande, Etc / Ozawa, Et Al


Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469268   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Timothy FarrellKathleen BattleAndreas SchmidtLorraine Hunt Lieberson,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria GiuliniSeiji OzawaStephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia ChorusBoston Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...It is devoutness, however, not the manoeuvrability of a large choir and orchestra, that seems to have dictated Giulini's choices of tempo [in the Requiem]. It is a very restrained performance for the most part, hushed and prayerful for much of the time, with careful internal balance and a fine control of dynamic gradation making the most of Faure's sparing use of wind instruments and his rare markings of ff (the ''Hosanna'' is solemn and inspiriting, that ponderously slow ''Dies illa'' formidably massive. At such moments as the espressivo string phrases at ''Quam olim Abrahae'' or the hovering violin line in the Sanctus, the voluptuousness of some conductors is eschewed in favour of pious sobriety (mere prettiness is avoided even Read more in the In paradisum where the plashing harps are kept well back). And yes: Giulini's firm control does ensure that his speeds never sound sleepy... [H]is choral singing is splendid, Andreas Schmidt has the ideal voice for the baritone solos, Kathleen Battle is movingly simple in the Pie Jesu, and there is some very subtle orchestral playing, from the violas and the first horn especially. The recording admirably combines atmosphere with clarity of detail..." -- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [3/1987, reviewing the performance of the Requiem, DG 419243]

"...Pelleas et Melisande...is one of Faure's finest and most poignant creations, perfectly catching the tragic atmosphere of the mysterious and hapless Melisande's story; and it is performed here with passionate intensity... [T]he ''Sicilienne'' is played with delicacy, the ''Fileuse'' is not merely pretty but carries an agitated undertone, and the ''Prelude'' has a spacious eloquence. There is an unfamiliar bonus in the shape of the little song for Melisande written (in English) for the London production but published only in 1937: cleanly and expressively sung by Lorraine Hunt, it proves to be thematically connected with the music for the death scene... The Pavane...is taken rather...coolly and leisurely...with the chorus more subordinated (not unreasonably, since the main musical interest is instrumental and the inconsequential words were added later). The Bostonians show their command of grace and lightness in the Dolly suite—''Mi-a-ou'' (nothing to do with cats, but little Dolly's attempt to pronounce her brother Raoul's name) with elegance, ''Kitty'' (another misleading title, actually the name of a pet dog!) with an attractive lilt, and ''Le jardin de Dolly'' gently expressive... Outstanding in this suite is ''Tendresse'', deliciously light in the central canon. Jules Eskin gives an aristocratic reading of the lovely Apres un reve emotional but without exaggerated sentimentality." -- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [1/1988, reviewing ther performances of Pelleas, the Pavane, and Dolly, DG 423089]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Timothy Farrell (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Length: 42 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Length: 20 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Orchestrated: Charles Koechlin 
3.
Une châteleine en sa tour, Op. 110 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
Transcribed: Nicanor Zabaleta 
4.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Dolly, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alfons Kontarsky (Piano), Aloys Kontarsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1897; France 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118: no 1, La mer est infinie by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gérard Souzay (Baritone), Dalton Baldwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
7.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jules Eskin (Cello)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Arcady Dubensky 
8.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jules Eskin (Cello)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Nocturne for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 36 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1884; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
10.
Barcarolle for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 41 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
11.
Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  James Vivian (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118: no 2, Je me suis embarqué by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gérard Souzay (Baritone), Dalton Baldwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
14.
L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118: no 3, Diane Séléné by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gérard Souzay (Baritone), Dalton Baldwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
15.
Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gérard Souzay (Baritone), Dalton Baldwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
16.
Le secret, Op. 23 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gérard Souzay (Baritone), Dalton Baldwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
17.
Soir, Op. 83 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gérard Souzay (Baritone), Dalton Baldwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 

Sound Samples

Requiem, Op.48: 1. Introit et Kyrie (Chorus)
Requiem, Op.48: 2. Offertoire (Bariton, Chorus)
Requiem, Op.48: 3. Sanctus (Chorus)
Requiem, Op.48: 4. Pie Jesu
Requiem, Op.48: 5. Agnus Dei (Chorus)
Requiem, Op.48: 6. Libera me (Bariton, Chorus)
Requiem, Op.48: 7. In Paradisum (Chorus)
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80: 1. Prélude. Quasi Adagio
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80: 2. Fileuse. Andantino quasi Allegretto
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80: Chanson de Mélisande
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80: 4. Sicilienne
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80: 6. Molto adagio
Une châtelaine en sa Tour..., Op.110 - Arrangement: Nicanor Zabaleta
Pavane, Op.50
Dolly, Op.56: 1. Berceuse
Dolly, Op.56: 2. Mi-A-Ou
Dolly, Op.56: 3. Le Jardin de Dolly
Dolly, Op.56: 4. Kitty-Valse
Dolly, Op.56: 5. Tendresse
Dolly, Op.56: 6. Le pas Espagnol
Les berceaux, Op.23, No.1
Le secret, Op.23, No.3
Soir, Op.83, No.2
L'horizon chimérique, Op.118: 1. La mer est infinie
L'horizon chimérique, Op.118: 2. Je me suis embarqué
L'horizon chimérique, Op.118: 3. Diane, Séléné
Après un Rêve op.7, no.1
Elégie, Op.24: Molto adagio
Nocturne No.4 in E flat, Op.36
Barcarolle No.2 in G, Op.41
Masques et Bergamasques. Stage work, 1919.: Ouverture
Masques et Bergamasques. Stage work, 1919.: Menuet
Masques et Bergamasques. Stage work, 1919.: Gavotte
Masques et Bergamasques. Stage work, 1919.: Pastorale
Cantique de Jean Racine - chorus and organ. Op.11 (1865)
Cantique de Jean Racine - chorus and organ. Op.11 (1865)

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