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, Franck: String Quartets / Dante Quartet
Release Date: 08/12/2008   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67664   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem, Op. 48

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Faure: Requiem Op.48, Pelleas Et Melisande Suite, Three Melodies, Etc.
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220547 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Ulrik Spang-Hanssen,  Furio Zanasi,  Petr Zdvihal,  Nadezda Mertova
    Conductor:  Douglas Bostock
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  • 53.
    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Frémaux, Burrowes, Rayner-cook, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74728 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  John Ogdon,  Brian Rayner Cook,  David Bell,  Norma Burrowes
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
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  • 54.
    Faure: Requiem, Shylock, Etc / Inghelbrecht, French National
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1266 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Henri Legay,  Bernard Demigny,  J. Baudry-Godard,  Françoise Ogéas
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Fauré: Requiem; Franck: Symphony / Herreweghe, Zomer, Genz
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901771 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Johannette Zomer,  Stephan Genz
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Collegium Vocale
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  • 56.
    Saint-saens: Symphony No 3;  Faure: Requiem /Cluytens, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1240 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Martha Angelici,  Louis Noguera,  Maurice Duruflé,  Henriette Roget
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Eustache Chorus,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 57.
    Fauré: Requiem, Pelléas Et Méllisande, Etc / Ozawa, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469268 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Gérard Souzay,  Dalton Baldwin,  James Vivian,  Pascal Rogé  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Seiji Ozawa,  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    Philips 50 - Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Ameling, Kruysen, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464701 Release Date: 12/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Daniel Chorzempa,  Bernard Kruysen,  Elly Ameling,  Jill Gomez
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Chorus,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Fauré: Requiem, Pelleas Et Melisande, Etc / Plasson, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73732 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Linda Chesis,  Patricia Nagle,  José Van Dam,  Arlette Amyel  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Chorus,  Orféon Donostiarra
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  • 60.
    Faure: Requiem, Etc / John Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  John Scott,  Melanie Marshall,  Nicola-Jane Kemp,  Ruth Holton  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia members
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  • 61.
    Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli;  Fauré: Requiem / Wagner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67251 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Giovanni Palestrina
    Performer:  Patricia Beems,  Theodor Uppman
    Conductor:  Roger Wagner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Arts Orchestra,  Roger Wagner Chorale
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  • 62.
    Faure: World Of Faure
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466355 Release Date: 06/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 63.
    Fauré: Requiem / Michel Corboz
    Label: Erato In Excelsis   Catalog: 17897 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Arlette Steyer,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Alain Clément,  Philippe Corboz  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux,  Jean Sourisse,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Philippe Caillard Chorale,  Audite Nova Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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  • 64.
    In Paradisum - Fauré, Duruflé / Chung, Bartoli, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459365 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Duruflé,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Bryn Terfel,  Daniele Rossi
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Fauré: Requiem / Cluytens, de los Angeles, Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66946 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    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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  • 66.
    Fauré: Requiem, Songs / Ozawa, Bonney, Hagegård, Jones
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68659 Release Date: 02/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Warren Jones,  Håkan Hagegård,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 67.
    Fauré: Requiem / Marriner, Mcnair, Allen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446084 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Florent Schmitt,  Charles Koechlin,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Thomas Allen,  John Birch
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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  • 68.
    Faure, Durufle: Requiem, Etc / Guest, St John's College
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 436486 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Duruflé,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury,  Christopher Keyte,  Robert King,  Jonathon Bond  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 69.
    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Summerly, Beckley, Gedge, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550765 Release Date: 11/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Déodat de Sévérac,  Louis Vierne
    Performer:  Colm Carey,  Nicholas Gedge,  Lisa Beckley
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Oxford,  Oxford Camerata
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  • 70.
    Howells: Requiem;  Faure: Requiem / Frederick Burgomaster
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49062 Release Date: 07/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Herbert Howells
    Performer:  William Ferguson-Wagstaffe,  Stanley [Bass Baritone] Irwin,  Joshua Barton,  Paul Flight  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederick Burgomaster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Festival Orchestra,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys
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  • 71.
    Fauré: Requiem;  Et Al / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438149 Release Date: 06/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Sabine Vatin,  Gilles Cachemaille,  Catherine Bott
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Salisbury Cathedral Boys Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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  • 72.
    Faure: Requiem;  Durufle: Messe
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 15351 Release Date: 05/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé,  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Richard Pearce,  Briony Shaw,  Mark Griffiths,  Camilla Otaki
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Musici,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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  • 73.
    Faure: Requiem, Cantique De Racine, Etc / Matthew Best
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66292 Release Date: 03/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  John Scott,  Isabelle Poulenard,  Michael George,  Mary Seers
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Corydon Singers
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  • 74.
    Fauré: Pavane, Requiem;  Bach: Magnificat / Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics Studio Plus   Catalog: 64634 Release Date: 03/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Sheila Armstrong,  Henriette Puig-Roget,  Anne Pashley  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Edinburgh Festival Chorus,  New Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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  • 75.
    Fauré: Cantique, Requiem / Plasson, Hendricks
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47317 Release Date: 01/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Arlette Amyel
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra
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