Gabriel Fauré


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
The Best Of Fauré
Release Date: 06/22/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556679   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Summerly, Beckley, Gedge, Et Al
Release Date: 11/29/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550765   Number of Discs: 1
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Songs Of Debussy And Fauré / Benita Valente, Lydia Artymiw
Release Date: 01/30/1996   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2220   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Orchestral Works / Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic
Release Date: 11/14/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9416   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Nocturnes Nos 7-13, Etc / Jean Martin
Release Date: 07/26/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550795   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem, Op. 48

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    Faure: Requiem & Other Sacred Music / Hill, Yale Schola Cantorum
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68209 Release Date: 10/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Robert Bennesh,  Edmund Milly,  Sarah Yanovitch,  Nola Richardson  ... 
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Schola Cantorum
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    The Complete Argo Recordings / The Choir of St. John's College Cambridge, Guest
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831252 Release Date: 06/23/2017   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Otto Goldschmidt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Roberts,  Peter White,  George Guest,  Richard Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Brass  ... 
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    Andre Cluytens: The Complete Orchestral & Concerto Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 562261 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Raoul Laparra,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie,  Marcelle Meyer,  Zino Francescatti,  Jeanne-Marie Darré  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire,  Le Grand Orchestre Symphonique Columbia,  Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera-Comique  ... 
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    Faure: Requiem - Debussy: Damoiselle elue - Ravel: Sheherazade / Los Angeles
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350137 Release Date: 05/26/2017  
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Claude Monteux,  Carole Smith
    Conductor:  André Cluytens,  Charles Munch,  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus,  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Louis Fremaux Icon: Complete Birmingham Years
    Label: Wb / Parlophone   Catalog: 560476 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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    Faure: Requiem, Op. 48 / Scott, St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Label: Resonus Classics   Catalog: 10174 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Conductor:  John Scott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Un Siecle de Musique Francaise: Gabriel Faure
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192912 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Laurent Korcia,  Håkan [Baritone Vocals] Hagegård,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow
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    Decca Sound – Dutoit: The Montreal Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002449102 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ernest Chausson,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Timothy Hutchins,  Beverly Hoch,  Stanford Olsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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    Faure, Durufle: Requiems / Davis, Popp, Te Kanawa, Ambrosian Singers, New Philharmonia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697720392 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Lucia Popp,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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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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    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 [Soprano Vocal] Domnich
    Conductor:  John Lubbock
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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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    Ernest Ansermet - French Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4807898 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Gugolz,  Marie-Luise de Montmollin,  Nancy Waugh,  Suzanne Danco  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Union Chorale de la Tour-de-Peilz,  Geneva Motet Choir  ... 
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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,  Bryan [Baritone Vocal] Widstand,  Abigail [Soprano Vocal] Hackbert,  Gerard [Bass Vocal] Bolling  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles P. Brown
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    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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    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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    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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    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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    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:  Paris Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
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    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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