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Faure: Piano Music / Kun Woo Paik


Release Date: 02/04/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470246   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kun Woo Paik has just the right touch for Fauré – affectionate and melting – yet in revealing the subtleties this slightly reserved composer holds, he does so without being self-conscious.

If you want an introduction to Fauré’s piano music, you could hardly do better than this. Kun Woo Paik is Korean but lives in Paris. He has just the right touch for Fauré – affectionate and melting – yet in revealing the subtleties this slightly reserved composer holds, he does so without being self-conscious. He never ‘applies’ expression. His selection of pieces represents Fauré’s three main types – barcarolles, impromptus and nocturnes – though he obviously favours the nocturnes, for there are five here
Read more against only one Barcarolle and the playful second Impromptu, which babbles delightfully. The majestic sixth Nocturne, more than nine minutes long, used to be the BBC’s favourite (or so it seemed), but the 11th is wonderfully strange and the first darkly inward, close to the post-Wagnerian world of Chausson. There are also two of the nine Preludes including No. 2, which is rather like a novel sort of scherzo and most delicately played. Finally comes the rather over-extended Ballade, Fauré’s longest solo piano work and virtually the only thing Liszt couldn’t sight-read, though he may have been pretending. The recording is quite spacious and gives the piano a certain cool distance which helps float the music ideally.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Romances sans paroles (3) for Piano, Op. 17: no 3 in A flat major by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1863; France 
2.
Nocturne for Piano no 1 in E flat minor, Op. 33 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1875; France 
3.
Nocturne for Piano no 3 in A flat major, Op. 33 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; France 
4.
Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 31 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
5.
Nocturne for Piano no 6 in D flat major, Op. 63 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
6.
Barcarolle for Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 26 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880; France 
7.
Nocturne for Piano no 11 in F sharp minor, Op. 104 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; France 
8.
Nocturne for Piano no 13 in B minor, Op. 119 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
9.
Pièces brèves (8) for Piano, Op. 84: no 5, Improvisation in C sharp minor by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; France 
10.
Romances sans paroles (3) for Piano, Op. 17: no 1 in A flat major by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1863; France 
11.
Preludes (9) for Piano, Op. 103: no 2 in C sharp minor by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
12.
Preludes (9) for Piano, Op. 103: no 7 in A major by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
13.
Ballade for Piano in F sharp major, Op. 19 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1879; France 

Sound Samples

Trois Romances sans paroles, Op.17: 3. Andante moderato
Nocturne No.1 in E flat, Op.33, No.1
Nocturne No.3 in A flat, Op.33, No.3
Impromptu No.2 in F minor, Op.31
Nocturne No.6 in D flat, Op.63
Barcarolle No.1 in A minor, Op.26
Nocturne No.11 in F sharp minor, Op.104, No.1
Nocturne No.13 in B minor, Op.119
8 pièces brèves, Op.84: 5. Improvisation in C sharp minor
Trois Romances sans paroles, Op.17: 1. Andante, quasi allegretto
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.103, No.2
Prelude in A, Op.103, No.7
Ballade in F sharp, Op.19

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