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Faure: 13 Barcarolles, Dolly / Pinkas, Hirsch-pinkas Piano Duo

Faure / Pinkas / Hirsch-pinkas
Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1438  
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally PinkasEvan Hirsch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 2002 I favorably reviewed Sally Pinkas’ sensitive and perceptive Fauré Nocturnes cycle released on the Musica Omnia label. Her MSR disc containing the composer’s complete Barcarolles proves equally masterful and compelling. The “ample, full-bodied tone and confident yet never aggressive projection” I cited in Pinkas’ Nocturnes remain strong assets here.

What is more, she spins gorgeously-nuanced legato lines and achieves lucidly-contoured balances between melody and accompaniment with little help from the sustain pedal, so that the textures are both ample and transparent at the same time. Good examples of this include the waltz-like No. 1, the elusive No. 6 with its constantly shifting harmonies, and No. 12’s
Read more middle-register ostinato that oddly foreshadows Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In the Clowns”. Indeed, it’s interesting to contrast her more lilting and lyrically pliable approach to the unsettling No. 5 or the bleaker No. 13 alongside Charles Owen’s stricter metrics.

Pinkas’ husband and piano duo partner Evan Hirsch joins in for Fauré’s Dolly Suite in a performance that bristles with vitality (the second and sixth movements, especially) without sacrificing ensemble polish. The sonics are fine, although the close-up detailing sometimes turns strident in louder moments. Recommended.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dolly, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Evan Hirsch (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1897; France 
2.
Barcarolle for Piano no 9 in A minor, Op. 101 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; France 
3.
Barcarolle for Piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 96 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
4.
Barcarolle for Piano no 7 in D minor, Op. 90 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; France 
5.
Barcarolle for Piano no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
6.
Barcarolle for Piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 66 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
7.
Barcarolle for Piano no 4 in A flat major, Op. 44 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
8.
Barcarolle for Piano no 3 in G flat major, Op. 42 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
9.
Barcarolle for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 41 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
10.
Barcarolle for Piano no 13 in C major, Op. 116 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
11.
Barcarolle for Piano no 12 in E flat major, Op. 106bis by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; France 
12.
Barcarolle for Piano no 11 in G minor, Op. 105 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913-1914; France 
13.
Barcarolle for Piano no 10 in A minor, Op. 104 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; France 
14.
Barcarolle for Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 26 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880; France 

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