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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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  • 26.
    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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  • 27.
    Faure: Requiem; Strauss: 4 Last Songs  /  Ernest Ansermet, Teresa Stich-randall, Gerard Souzay
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3135 Release Date: 11/09/2010  
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gérard Souzay,  Teresa Stich-Randall
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Union Chorale de la Tour-de-Peilz
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  • 28.
    Faure: Requiem, Cantique de Racine / Matthew Best
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30008 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Mary Seers,  Michael George,  John Scott,  Isabelle Poulenard
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Faure: Requiem & Other Choral Music / Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 520 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  John Scott,  Ruth Holton,  Stephen Varcoe,  Caroline Ashton  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
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  • 30.
    Faure: Requiem; Debussy: Images
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65933 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unspecified,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Henriette Puig-Roget
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
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  • 31.
    19th Century Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 98317 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Paul Dukas,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Ormandy,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Faure: Requiem / Hill, Argenta, Keenlyside
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 86354 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Pierre Villette,  Jean Roger-Ducasse
    Performer:  Stephen Farr,  Nancy Argenta,  Simon Keenlyside,  Richard Studt  ... 
    Conductor:  David Hill
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  • 33.
    Fauré & Duruflé: Requiems
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3466 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  John Bernays,  Jerome Finnis,  Nicholas Clapton,  Henry Wickham
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capricorn Choir,  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 34.
    Fauré: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine / Equilbey, Piau, Degout, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5137 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Stèphane Degout,  Christophe Henry,  Luc Héry,  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France,  Maitrise de Paris,  Accentus
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  • 35.
    Fauré: Requiem [1893 Version] / Herreweghe, Mellon, Kooy, Chapelle Royale, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501292 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Nouvelles,  Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Louis,  La Chapelle Royale
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    Fauré: Requiem / Christophers, St. Martin In The Fields, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16057 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Mark Dobell,  Ruth Massey
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 37.
    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Corboz, Harvey, Quintans, Et Al
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Ana Quintans,  Peter Harvey
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble,  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 38.
    Fauré, Duruflé: Requiems, Etc / Willcocks, Ledger, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 79989 Release Date: 03/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Gareth Morris,  Robert Chilcott,  John Carol Case,  John [classical organ] Wells  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 39.
    Faure: Requiem Op.48/Durufle: Requiem
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 467456 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Jonathon Bond,  Stephen Cleobury,  Benjamin Luxon,  John Shirley-Quirk  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem / Malmberg, Persson, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1206 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Duruflé,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Olle Persson,  Mattias Wager,  Miah Persson,  Malena Ernman
    Conductor:  Fredrik Malmberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus
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  • 41.
    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Pople, English Voices, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 304670 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Angharad Gruffydd Jones,  Jonathan Brown,  Amanda Smith,  Stephen Farr
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Voices,  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Fauré: Requiem;  Stravinsky / Sergiu Celibidache, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57851 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Recorded Sound,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Alan Titus,  Margaret Price
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir
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  • 43.
    Faure: Requiem, Messe Basse / Hill, Robinson, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1028 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Harry Escott,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Aidan Oliver
    Conductor:  Christopher Robinson,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Westminster Cathedral Choir,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 44.
    Fauré: Requiem / Spanjaard, Oelze, Peeters, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186020 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Harry Peeters,  Christiane Oelze
    Conductor:  Ed Spanjaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Maastricht Symphony Orchestra,  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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  • 45.
    Faure: Requiem; Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4044 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  John Birch,  Stephen [Bass-Baritone Vocals] Roberts,  Aled Jones
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Fauré: Requiem;  Poulenc: Concerto In F Minor
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7558 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Brian Harlow,  Christopher Trueblood,  Judith Hancock
    Conductor:  Gerre Hancock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Thomas Choir Of Men & Boys,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 47.
    Mozart: Requiem; Faure: Requiem / Corboz, Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62325 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Magali Dami,  Peter Harvey
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 48.
    Fauré: Requiem, Songs / Bonney, Hagegård, Ozawa, W. Jones
    Label: Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension   Catalog: 55303 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Håkan Hagegård,  Warren Jones
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Tortelier, Plazas, Stephen, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5019 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Libby Crabtree,  James Rutherford,  Timothy Robinson,  Pamela Helen Stephen  ... 
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Choir,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Tortelier, Plazas, Stephen, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10113 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  James Rutherford,  Libby Crabtree,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Timothy Robinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir
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