Friday, April 6, 2012

Fauré: Works for Cello & Piano

As eclectic in her musical choices as in her instrumental practice, the Franco-Swiss cellist Ophélie Gaillard was voted ‘solo instrumental discovery of the year’ at the Victoires de la Musique in 2003. She has appeared in recital in the most prestigious venues, where she champions the repertoire for solo cello, from the Bach Suites to first performances of contemporary music. Her complete recordings for the Ambroisie label of the suites of Bach and Britten, the cello works of Fauré featured in this catalogue CD re-issue, and the Vivaldi cello sonatas have been warmly received by the international press.

Born in 1845, the French composer and organist Gabriel Fauré is now acknowledged as one of the most important writers of chamber music of his period. The delicate and elegant style of his music, redolent of the salons of Parisian high-society, is underpinned by a core of emotional depth and an often adventurous approach to harmony.

Although he did not compose a great deal of music for the solo cello, he seems to have had a special affinity for the instrument and its lyrical qualities. It is therefore no surprise that these works have become favourites with both audiences and performers.

This recording contains all the pieces originally written by Fauré for cello and piano, including one of his most beautiful and enduring short compositions, the “Elégie”, opus 24, and the two Sonatas, opus 109 and 119.

MP3 320 · 132 MB

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