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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
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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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: Four Hand Piano Music / Volondat, De Hooghe
Release Date: 05/16/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553638   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: Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

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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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    Resonant Streams / Wyers, University of Washington Chorale
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1642 Release Date: 08/08/2017  
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Guillaume Bouzignac,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Giselle Wyers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Washington Chorale
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    My Soul's Repose / Krehbiel, Orpheus Chamber Singers
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3560 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kevin Siegfried,  Stephen Chatman,  Daniel Elder,  Stephen Paulus  ... 
    Performer:  Willa Henigman,  Eduardo Rojas,  Katrina Burggraf-Kledas,  David Grogan  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Krehbiel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Singers
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    In Lucem / Luminos
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gabriel Fauré,  William Byrd,  Andrew L. Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Ilmo Ranta,  Markku Hietaharju,  Juha Kotilainen
    Conductor:  Sauli Hannuksela,  Erkki Lasonpalo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luminos,  Aboa Nova Ensemble
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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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  • 7.
    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556482 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002464702 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Voces8
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    Choral Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564614351 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  David Bell,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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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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    Luminance: Solo And Duo Works For Flute & Piano
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 73 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philippe Gaubert,  Astor Piazzolla,  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Friend,  Anna Stokes,  Mark Kinkaid
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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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    Cesar Franck: Les Sept Paroles Du Christ En Croix; Gabriel Faure, Cesar Franck: Oeuvres Sacrees
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 2143 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Violaine Le [Soprano Vocal] Chenadec,  Didier Adeux,  Colette Diard,  Enguerrand de Hys
    Conductor:  Gildas Pungier
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    Pipe Dreams - Music For Flute / Anna Pope, Nancy Ruffer, Helen Crayford
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7390 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Kronke,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Albert Franz Doppler,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Pope,  Nancy Ruffer,  Helen Crayford
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    Spheres / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001799902 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul von Westhoff,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Philip Glass,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Jacques Ammon,  Chie Peters,  Juan Lucas Aisemberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus members,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    50 Best Chillout Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332942 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Gregorio Allegri,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Juliette Hurel,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Handford,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Ahn Trio,  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Sound Magic
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 365 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Veljo Tormis,  Yefim Adler,  Gabriel Fauré,  Dobri Hristov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandra Toromanova,  Ganka Georgieva
    Conductor:  Krikor Chethinian,  Sofia Vassil Kazandjiev
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  • 22.
    Voice from Assisi / Friar Alessandro
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001743902 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré,  Paul Mealor,  Ariel Ramirez  ... 
    Performer:  Friar Alessandro Brustenghi
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  • 23.
    Musical Advent Calendar: Jubilaums-edition
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93291 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  George Frideric Handel,  Jill Nordin,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Bongard
    Conductor:  Jan Schumacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Chamber Choir,  Novas Brass,  Lingenfeld Gospel Choir  ... 
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    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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    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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