Faure - Complete Songs | Aparte AP284

Faure - Complete Songs


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Label: Aparte

Cat No: AP284

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 27th May 2022

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Little can be as momentous for a work as its encounter with an extraordinary interpreter. Here, Fauré has found his voice in that of Cyrille Dubois.

A bright, clear timbre and impeccable diction undoubtedly contribute to the remarkable complicity that we witness, but its secret lies above all perhaps in the French tenor’s singular ability to convey an atmosphere, evoke an emotion, a feeling, a mood - in short, bring out all the poetic qualities of the music.

In this ambitious project, Cyrille Dubois and his long-standing recital partner, the pianist Tristan Raës, take on the complete art songs - mélodies - of Gabriel Fauré: over a hundred settings of texts by poets including Paul Verlaine, Victor Hugo, Théophile Gautier and Charles Baudelaire, but also Armand Silvestre, Charles Van Lerberghe, Jean de La Ville de Mirmont, and many others.

For the very first time, all of the composer’s songs are performed here by one singer. And never have Fauré’s vaporous, muted dreams been more transparent.

In the run-up to the centenary of his death, may this happy event further the composer’s fortunes, and contribute to a renewed awareness of his modernity.


Here’s a delicious treat that should have all lovers of French mélodies salivating. Complete sets of Gabriel Fauré’s songs are usually shared between singers, focused around a single pianist. ... But now, for the first time, all of Fauré’s mélodies have been recorded by a single singer – French tenor Cyrille Dubois with his longtime collaborator Tristan Raës on the Aparté label with the support of Palazzetto Bru Zane. It’s a considerable achievement – 103 songs across three discs – and one senses the dedication and love these artists imbue into these refined performances. ... Recommended for those who love indulging in French song at its finest.  Mark Pullinger (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone August 2022

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