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
Gabriel Faure: Lydia's Vocalises
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 488   Number of Discs: 1
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Prokofiev, Franck: Cello Sonatas;  Fauré / Hans Pålsson, Etc
Release Date: 02/01/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 35   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem / Malmberg, Persson, Et Al
Release Date: 03/28/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1206   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

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  • 26.
    In Paradisum
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94211 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  César Franck,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Brown,  Angharad Gruffydd Jones,  Lawrence Zazzo,  Pamela Heuvelmans  ... 
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Leusink,  Christopher Robinson,  Timothy Brown,  Nicol Matt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Boys Choir,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Cambridge Bach Ensemble  ... 
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Hear My Words: Choral Classics From St Johns
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5085 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Gabriel Fauré,  César Franck,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Ravalde,  Graham Walker,  Helen Scarbrough
    Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St John's College Choir
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    50 Best Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57517 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  David Bell,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Henriette Puig-Roget  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Franz Welser-Möst,  André Cluytens  ... 
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  • 32.
    50 Best Relaxing Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57547 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz,  Stephen Farr,  Han-Na Chang,  Jacqueline Du Pré  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Hill,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Brass Ensemble
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  • 33.
    Zen Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28443 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt,  Daniel Barenboim,  Laurence Equilbey,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris,  Ensemble Matheus,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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  • 36.
    When I Was A Young Man / Albinder, Washington Men's Camerata
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49267 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Stephen Foster,  Anonymous,  Eric Bogle  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Albinder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Men's Camerata
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  • 37.
    Ave Maria
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 421029 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Peter White,  Felicity Palmer,  Erna Spoorenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Guest,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wyn Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Wren Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Label: Da Chiesa   Catalog: 5637212617 Release Date: 12/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Hay Malotte,  William Byrd,  Henry Purcell,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Thoreson,  Charley Snell
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  • 39.
    The Legend Of Sacred Music - From Allegri's Miserere To Barber's Agnus Dei
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 22144 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Samuel Barber,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Barbara Bonney,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz,  David Hill,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon,  Winchester Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Noel: French Romantic Music For Christmas
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 736658 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  César Franck,  Charles Gounod,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Simona Saturová,  Françoise Friedrich,  Regina Pätzer,  Florian Boesch  ... 
    Conductor:  Ralf Otto
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  • 42.
    Classic Fm Babies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5301220 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Erik Satie,  Pietro Mascagni,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
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  • 43.
    (The) Power And The Glory
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 1049264 Release Date: 03/27/2007  
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Charles Hubert Parry,  John Rutter  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain,  Charles Craig
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Philip Moore,  Ian Tracey,  Maurice Handford  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  York Minster Choir  ... 
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  • 44.
    Be Still My Soul / Adelmann, Phillips, All Saints' Choir
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49251 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Craig Phillips,  Samuel Sebastian Wesley,  Traditional,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Craig Phillips,  Brian Driscoll,  Jay Tuttle,  Sarah Parga  ... 
    Conductor:  Dale Adelmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All Saint's Episcopal Church Choir Beverly Hills
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  • 45.
    Art And Music - Renoir - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558176 Release Date: 12/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philippe Gaubert,  Jacques Ibert,  Paul Dukas,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Marc Grauwels,  Ellen Sejersted Bodtker,  Chantal Stigliani,  François-Joël Thiollier  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérôme Kaltenbach,  Jeremy Summerly,  Richard Hayman,  Kenneth Jean
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waterloo Chamber Orchestra members,  Nancy Symphony Orchestra,  Schola Cantorum Oxford  ... 
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  • 46.
    How Sweet The Sound / Toronto Children's Chorus
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81361 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály,  Eleanor Daley,  Srul Irving Glick,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
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  • 47.
    Best Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70853 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Alexander Borodin,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Henriette Puig-Roget,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Musicum,  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart,  Polish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Music For An Abbey's Year Iii - Wood, Ley, Purcell, Et Al
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 851 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Herbert Howells,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Marcus Sealy
    Conductor:  Peter King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Abbey Choir
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  • 49.
    Hear My Prayer / Edison, Choir Of St John's, Elora
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557493 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edgar Bainton,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  César Franck,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew Larkin,  Karina Gauvin
    Conductor:  Noel Edison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Choir of St. John's
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  • 50.
    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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