Faure - Works for Violin, Piano and Cello | Canary Classics CC03

Faure - Works for Violin, Piano and Cello

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Label: Canary Classics

Cat No: CC03

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 5th July 2019

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Gil Shaham is joined here by pianist Akira Eguchi and cellist Brinton Smith for a recording of chamber works by Gabriel Fauré. The album, previously released on Vanguard Classics through Harmonia Mundi UK in 2004, spans the composer’s entire creative career, and features Fauré’s early violin sonata, ten beautifully crafted short pieces and the late trio for violin, piano and cello.

Shaham views Fauré as the “unsung hero” of French music, a modest master whose works – particularly the chamber music – and personality are still greatly misunderstood and underappreciated despite the popularity of works like the Requiem. Shaham says: “I’ve loved Fauré’s music since the first time I heard it. It’s an unmistakable voice: elegant and tender, conveying the subtlest emotion, and yet very passionate and at times intense."

On the Sonata Op.13, Shaham explains: “I remember hearing the piece for the first time: Itzhak Perlman and Samuel Sanders performed it and I fell in love with it. It has everything that a great piece should have and tells an incredible story in 30 minutes. Fauré manages in a piece for violin and piano to create a world of unimaginable richness.”

As a complement to the Sonata, Shaham, Eguchi and Smith perform the autumnal Trio Op.120, Fauré’s final work for his own instrument, the piano, with works drawn from Fauré’s justly celebrated songs including Au bord de l’eau and the album concludes with Akira Eguchi’s special arrangement for trio of Après un rêve, one of the most popular art songs in the literature.

“… leaps straight to the top of the pile … a disc to savour.” BBC Music Magazine, Dec 2003

Arguably the best and most distinctive of Fauré … Shaham plays them all with his characteristic sweetness of tone and emotional sincerity.” Daily Telegraph, Oct 2003

Shaham plays with a phenomenal range of tone and dynamic. In the two major works, too, his free expressiveness brings a winning sense of spontaneity, well matched by the pianist, Akira Eguchi.” (4 stars) The Guardian, Jan 2004

Definitely a CD to treasure” The Times, March 2004

Near-perfect music making” Mail on Sunday, March 2004

“Sure and sympathetic playing ... and his perfumed tone quality evokes past masters” New York Times, Dec 2003

- CD of the Week - The Observer February 2004
- CD of the Week - Classic FM Radio, March 2004
- Penguin Guide 3* listing

Informative and detailed booklet notes in French and English by Jessica Duchen

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