Faure - Piano Quartets
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Label: Nimbus - Alliance
Cat No: NI6296
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 26th January 2015
Gabriel Fauré seems at first glance to fit neatly into the history of French music, as a pupil of Saint-Saëns and a teacher of Ravel. Yet he stands apart from the mainstream because of his unique musical language, and because rather than writing colourful orchestral pieces he preferred to work in the comparatively modest media of the song, solo piano and chamber music.
With the exception of the late String Quartet, all of his chamber works combine the piano, Fauré’s own instrument as a performer, with strings. Among the earlier works, written in the late 1870s and mid-1880s, are the two Quartets for piano and string trio. This was a combination for which most of the models belonged to the German tradition, from Mozart to Schumann and Brahms – though there was a recent French precedent in the B flat major Quartet by Fauré’s teacher and friend Saint-Saëns, completed and first performed in 1875.
Founded in 1983, the Schubert Ensemble is firmly established as one of the world’s leading exponents of chamber music for piano and strings. The Ensemble has visited more than forty different countries, most recently having performed in Bermuda, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, Italy, the USA and China. In 1998, in recognition of its contribution to British musical life, it received the Best Chamber Ensemble Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society, being short-listed again in 2010. It has appeared on TV and radio in many countries and is heard regularly on BBC Radio 3.
- Simon Blendis: violin
- Douglas Paterson: viola
- Jane Salmon: cello
- William Howard: piano
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