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Gabriel Fauré

Biography

Born: 1845   Died: 1924   Country: France   Period: Romantic
When Gabriel Fauré was a boy, Berlioz had just written La damnation de Faust and Henry David Thoreau was writing Walden. By the time of his death, Stravinsky had written The Rite of Spring and World War I had ended in the devastation of Europe. In this dramatic period in history, Fauré strove to bring together the best of traditional and progressive music and, in the process, created some of the most exquisite works in the French repertoire. He Read more was one of the most advanced figures in French musical circles and influenced a generation of composers world-wide.

Fauré was the youngest child of a school headmaster and spent many hours playing the harmonium in the chapel next to his father's school. Fauré's father enrolled the 9-year-old as a boarder at the École Niedermeyer in Paris, where he remained for 11 years, learning church music, organ, piano, harmony, counterpoint, and literature. In 1861, Saint-Saëns joined the school and introduced Fauré and other students to the works of more contemporary composers such as Schumann, Liszt, and Wagner. Fauré's earliest songs and piano pieces date from this period, just before his graduation in 1865, which he achieved with awards in almost every subject. For the next several years, he took on various organist positions, served for a time in the Imperial Guard, and taught. In 1871 he and his friends -- d'Indy, Lalo, Duparc, and Chabrier -- formed the Société Nationale de Musique, and soon after, Saint-Saëns introduced him to the salon of Pauline Viardot and Parisian musical high society. Fauré wrote his first important chamber works (the Violin Sonata No. 1 and Piano Quartet No. 1), then set out on a series of musical expeditions to meet Liszt and Wagner. Throughout the 1880s, he held various positions and continued to write songs and piano pieces, but felt unsure enough of his compositional talents to attempt anything much larger than incidental music. Fauré's pieces began to show a complexity of musical line and harmony which were to become the hallmarks of his music. He began to develop a highly original approach to tonality, in which modal harmony and altered scales figured largely. The next decade, however, is when Fauré came into his own. He was named composition professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1896. His music, although considered too advanced by most, gained recognition amongst his musical friends. This was his first truly productive phase, seeing the completion of his Requiem, the Cinq Mélodies, and the Dolly Suite, among other works. Using an economy of expression and boldness of harmony, he built the musical bridge over which his students -- such as Maurice Ravel and Nadia Boulanger -- would cross on their journey into the twentieth century. In 1905, he was named director of the conservatory and made several significant reforms. Ironically, this position gave his works more exposure, but it reduced his time for composition and came when he was increasingly bothered by hearing problems. Fauré's works of this period show the last, most sophisticated stages of his writing, streamlined and elegant in form. During World War I, Fauré essentially remained in Paris and had another extremely productive phase, producing, among other things, Le Jardin clos and the Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, Op. 111, which show a force and violence that make them among the most powerful pieces in French music. In 1920 he retired from the school, and the following year gave up his music critic position with Le Figaro, which he had held since 1903. Between then and his death in 1924, he would produce his great, last works: several chamber works and the song cycle L'horizon chimérique. Read less
Fauré: Sonatas For Violin & Piano / Faust, Boffard
Release Date: 07/08/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord  
Catalog: 1951741   Number of Discs: 1
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The Best Of Fauré
Release Date: 06/22/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556679   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Orchestral Music / Georgiadis, Rte Sinfonietta, Et Al
Release Date: 05/26/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553360   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Cello Sonatas / Kliegel, Tichman
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557889   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine / Equilbey, Piau, Degout, Et Al
Release Date: 11/18/2008   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 5137   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem, Op. 48

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    Faure: Requiem; Cantique De Jean Racine; Messe Basse
    Label: King's College Choir   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Douglas Tang,  Tom Etheridge,  Joshua [Treble Vocal] Curtis
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 2.
    Faure: Pavane, Songs, Requiem
    Label: Osj Alive   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Johnny Herford,  Ilona Domnich
    Conductor:  John Lubbock
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  • 3.
    Faure: Requiem / Antony Walker, Sinfonia Australis
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4720452 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Alan Spedding,  Kirsten Williams,  Sara Macliver,  Teddy Tahu Rhodes [Baritone Vocals]  ... 
    Conductor:  Antony Walker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Australis
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 50542 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Jester Hairston,  Moses Hogan,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Lorenda [Soprano Vocal] Kirby,  Abigail [Soprano Vocal] Hackbert,  Gerard [Bass Vocal] Bolling,  Bryan [Baritone Vocal] Widstand  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles P. Brown
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  • 6.
    Faure: Requiem; Villette, Roger-Ducasse: Motets / Argenta, Keenlyside, Bournemouth Sinfonietta
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 322872 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Pierre Villette,  Jean Roger-Ducasse
    Performer:  Stephen Farr,  Kenan Burrows
    Conductor:  David Hill
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  • 7.
    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 8.
    Faure: Requiem; Bach / Short, Tenebrae
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 728 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  William Gaunt,  Grace Davidson
    Conductor:  Nigel Short
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble,  Tenebrae
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  • 9.
    Faure: Requiem; Pavane; Durufle: Requiem
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 23082 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  John Wells,  Gareth Morris,  John Butt
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Philip Ledger
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  • 10.
    Faure: Requiem; Pavane
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706502 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Sylvia [Soprano Vocals] McNair,  John Birch,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  George Guest,  Jean Fournet
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  • 11.
    Accentus - Faure, Dusapin, Brahms: Requiems; Haydn; Seven Last Words Of Christ, Transcriptions / Equilbey
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5301 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Samuel Barber,  Gerard Pesson  ... 
    Performer:  Stèphane Degout,  Christophe Henry,  Luc Héry,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus,  Maitrise de Paris,  National Orchestra d'Ile de France  ... 
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  • 12.
    Faure: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine / Jarvi, Orchestre De Paris [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058874 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Chen Reiss,  Matthias Goerne,  Eric Picard
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
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    Great Sacred Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501062 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Gregorio Allegri,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Gonda,  Julia Faulkner,  Nicholas Gedge,  Lisa Beckley  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Michael Halász,  Johannes Wildner,  László Kovács  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Oxford,  Camerata Budapest  ... 
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  • 14.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 15.
    Faure: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine / Jarvi, Orchestre De Paris
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058878 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Chen Reiss,  Matthias Goerne,  Eric Picard
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
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  • 16.
    Faure: Requiem; Debussy: Images
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85188 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Henriette Puig-Roget
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus
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    The Early Years - Camille Maurane
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438970 Release Date: 12/28/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Henri Duparc,  Benjamin Britten,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Pierrette Alarie,  Camille Maurane,  Lily Bienvenu,  Janine Micheau
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet,  Paul Sacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
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    Celibidache  Vol 4 - Sacred Music & Opera / Munich Phiharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85617 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Scharinger,  Yaron Windmuller,  Peter Schreier,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir,  Munich Bach Choir
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    Faure: Requiem; Schumann: Mass / Toll, Camerata Vocale Freiburg
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232177 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Isolde Siebert,  Carola Maurer,  Hans Jörg Mammel,  Ulf Bastlein  ... 
    Conductor:  Winfried Toll
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Freiburg,  Freiburg Camerata Vocale
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  • 20.
    Choral Works - Bach, Biber, Brahms, Faure, Krenek, Mahler, Monteverdi
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908520 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Peter Kooy,  Howard Crook  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Marcus Creed,  Kent Nagano,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Musique Oblique,  Les Petits Chanteurs de St. Louis  ... 
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  • 21.
    Faure: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine, Pavane / Jarvi, Jaroussky, Goerne
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70921 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Matthias Goerne,  Eric Picard
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
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    Faure: Requiem / Popp, Estes, Davis, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93947 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Simon Estes,  Lucia Popp
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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  • 23.
    Faure: Requiem / Okamura, Wilson-Johnson, Beck, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98628 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  David Wilson-Johnson,  Chiyuki Okamura,  Tomas Selc
    Conductor:  Rolf Beck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir
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    Faure: Requiem, Etc / Zeller, Edwards, Portland Youth, Et Al
    Label: North Pacific Music   Catalog: 32462 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Mary Sims,  Amy Dethman,  Susan Hale,  Delbert Saman  ... 
    Conductor:  Huw Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland Youth Philharmonic,  Cantores in Ecclesia
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  • 25.
    Faure: Requiem Op. 48
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1078 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  David Wilson-Johnson
    Conductor:  David Hill,  Christopher Robson
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