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Gabriel Fauré (vol. 1) : Œuvres pour violoncelle & piano - Trio

Eric Le Sage - François Salque - Paul Meyer

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The works for cello and piano of Gabriel Fauré stemmed primarily from the antipodes of his career. Early on, he primarily composed miniatures, though the well-known Op. 24 Elegie was intended to be a movement of a sonata that never came to pass. The works from near the end of his life -- especially the two complete sonatas -- both feature surprisingly spirited, bright, eager moments despite the composer's failing health and hearing. Pianist Eric le Sage is joined by cellist François Salque on this impressive Alpha album. The sound quality achieved by le Sage, Salque, and the recording engineers at Alpha is what truly sets this album apart from others like it. The overall recorded sound quality is dry, crisp, close, and possessing a minimum of reverb. Even a bit more of any of these qualities and the disc would be sterile and uninteresting. But in their present combination, the outcome is one of exceptional clarity and focus, one in which listeners are transported to the very heart of the music. Salque and le Sage play with equal measures of austerity and simplicity, letting Fauré's sometimes overlooked sonatas speak to the openness and freedom achieved by the composer late in his career. The disc ends with a likewise enjoyable and gripping performance of the Op. 120 Trio with the addition of clarinetist Paul Meyer. As Vol. 1 of what is hopefully a survey of Fauré's complete chamber music, this installment is definitely worth checking out.
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Romance pour violoncelle & piano, Op. 69 (Gabriel Fauré)

1
Romance, Op. 69
00:03:09

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

Sonate n° 1 pour violoncelle & piano en ré mineur, Op. 109 (Gabriel Fauré)

2
I. Allegro
00:05:08

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

3
II. Andante
00:06:42

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

4
III. Final, Allegro commodo
00:07:45

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

Elégie pour violoncelle & piano, Op. 24 (Gabriel Fauré)

5
Elégie, Op. 24
00:06:01

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

Sonate n° 2 pour violoncelle & piano en sol mineur, Op. 117 (Gabriel Fauré)

6
I. Allegro
00:05:35

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

7
II. Andante
00:06:38

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

8
III. Allegro vivo
00:04:31

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

Sérénade pour violoncelle & piano en si mineur, op. 98 (Gabriel Fauré)

9
Sérénade, Op. 98
00:02:47

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

Papillon, pour violoncelle & piano, op. 77 (Gabriel Fauré)

10
Papillon, Op. 77
00:02:47

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

Berceuse pour violon (ou violoncelle) & piano en ré majeur, Op. 16 (Gabriel Fauré)

11
Berceuse, Op. 16
00:03:21

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

Trio pour violon (ou clarinette), piano & violoncelle en ré mineur, Op. 120 (Gabriel Fauré)

12
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
00:05:56

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Paul Meyer, clarinet - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

13
II. Andantino
00:09:08

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Paul Meyer, clarinet - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

14
III. Allegro vivo
00:04:24

Eric Le Sage, Piano - François Salque, Cello - Paul Meyer, clarinet - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

2011 Alpha 2011 AIM

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The works for cello and piano of Gabriel Fauré stemmed primarily from the antipodes of his career. Early on, he primarily composed miniatures, though the well-known Op. 24 Elegie was intended to be a movement of a sonata that never came to pass. The works from near the end of his life -- especially the two complete sonatas -- both feature surprisingly spirited, bright, eager moments despite the composer's failing health and hearing. Pianist Eric le Sage is joined by cellist François Salque on this impressive Alpha album. The sound quality achieved by le Sage, Salque, and the recording engineers at Alpha is what truly sets this album apart from others like it. The overall recorded sound quality is dry, crisp, close, and possessing a minimum of reverb. Even a bit more of any of these qualities and the disc would be sterile and uninteresting. But in their present combination, the outcome is one of exceptional clarity and focus, one in which listeners are transported to the very heart of the music. Salque and le Sage play with equal measures of austerity and simplicity, letting Fauré's sometimes overlooked sonatas speak to the openness and freedom achieved by the composer late in his career. The disc ends with a likewise enjoyable and gripping performance of the Op. 120 Trio with the addition of clarinetist Paul Meyer. As Vol. 1 of what is hopefully a survey of Fauré's complete chamber music, this installment is definitely worth checking out.
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