Faure - Piano Music (SACD + DVD) | Challenge Classics CC72731

Faure - Piano Music (SACD + DVD)

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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72731

Format: SACD + DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 18th November 2016

Contents

Works

Faure, Gabriel

Barcarolles (13)
» no.3 in G flat major, op.42
» no.12 in E flat major, op.106
Impromptus (6)
» no.5 in F sharp minor, op.102
Nocturne no.7 in C sharp minor, op.74
Nocturne no.13 in B minor, op.119
Nocturnes (3), op.33
» no.1 in E flat minor
Preludes, op.103
Romances sans paroles (3), op.17
» no.3 Andante moderato
Theme and Variations in C sharp minor, op.73

Artists

Hannes Minnaar (piano)

Works

Faure, Gabriel

Barcarolles (13)
» no.3 in G flat major, op.42
» no.12 in E flat major, op.106
Impromptus (6)
» no.5 in F sharp minor, op.102
Nocturne no.7 in C sharp minor, op.74
Nocturne no.13 in B minor, op.119
Nocturnes (3), op.33
» no.1 in E flat minor
Preludes, op.103
Romances sans paroles (3), op.17
» no.3 Andante moderato
Theme and Variations in C sharp minor, op.73

Artists

Hannes Minnaar (piano)

About

Hannes Minnaar is among the very best pianists of the new generation and this Fauré disc presents a selection of pieces where his “style characterized as sensitively romantic, musically inventive, with much tonal beauty and fluent precision” (HRAudio) can be fully displayed.

Thirteen nocturnes and as many barcarolles form the core of the collected output for the piano by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924). Night-time meditations, then, along with inspiration drawn from rippling water (the origins of the barcarolle lie in the songs sung by Venetian gondoliers). Together with some impromptus, preludes and other works, one might rapidly gain the impression of a delightful collection of salon pieces, whose titles display the influence of Chopin. But this music is so very much more than pretty salon music. In the intimacy of these genres, Fauré succeeded time and again in nothing short of exposing his very soul. And the French composer’s style is entirely his own - original and personal - from first note to last.

This disc centres on the Theme and Variations, op.73, and Nine Preludes, op.103, surrounded by several nocturnes, barcarolles and other pieces. And the set includes also a bonus DVD of the same Fauré pieces in concert.

Along with violinist Isabelle van Keulen, Minaar has recorded a complete edition of Beethoven's Sonatas for piano and violin (CC72650) and he has already issued two volumes of Beethoven's Piano Concertos complete survey with Jan Willem de Vriend conducting The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (CC72672, CC72712). In October 2016 Hannes Minnaar was awarded the most prestigious musical prize from the Dutch Government, De Nederlandse Muziekprijs.

DVD repertoire is the same as on the SACD

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