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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released March 1, 2019 | Aparté

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Fauré's Requiem, “funeral lullaby” written for enjoyment as the composer put it, has a unique place in history. It's soft, simple and modest poetry conveys moments of gentle contemplation and moving expressiveness which are entrusted to both the choir and the two soloists. With his Ensemble Aedes and the orchestra Les Siècles, Mathieu Romano is committed to render a Requiem faithful to its first performance. We hear thus the score in its original 1893 orchestration, where the organ plays a great role, and where Latin is pronounced in the French way as it used to be. The clearest articulation of the Ensemble Aedes then perfectly fits Éluard’s Figure humaine set to music by Francis Poulenc. We have never heard these sublime poems sung with such intelligibility before! Finally, the three Songs by Debussy elegantly close the album. Here again, the quality and clarity of the voices are stunning. Artistic director and founder of Ensemble Aedes has established himself as a magician of voices in a cappella scores. And voices ideally melt with the strings of Les Siècles under his baton. A 100% French cast in a 100% French music disc for a triple rediscovery. Essential! © Aparté

Classical - Released September 5, 2011 | Warner Classics

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Paavo Järvi's recording of the Fauré Requiem is notable for its balance of a sumptuous orchestral and choral sound with a chaste and dignified interpretation of the score. The strings of Orchestre de Paris in particular sound gorgeous, and Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris sings with marvelous dynamic variety; in the opening movement, the chorus seems to emerge gradually out of near-silence, yet the group can produce a terrifyingly large sound in the Libera me. Counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky and baritone Matthias Goerne are outstanding in the solo movements, investing the meditative music with deep feeling. The Pie Jesu is sometimes sung by a woman and sometimes by a boy soprano, and Jaroussky's performance has some elements of both: the purity of a boy's voice but with the musical maturity of an adult singer. The album is generously filled out with four other choral or orchestral pieces. The lovely Cantique de Jean Racine and Pavane for orchestra and mixed choir are frequently paired with the Requiem. Elégie for cello and orchestra, premiered by Pablo Casals, and played with elegance here by Eric Picard, fits beautifully with the contemplative tone of the album. Super flumina Babylonis for mixed choir and orchestra is a student work, recorded here for the first time. It's more overtly emotional than the other repertoire on the album, as is appropriate for the text, and may lack the subtlety of the later pieces, but it's an attractive, skillfully crafted work that stands on its own merits and deserves broader exposure. The sound of the live recording is exceptionally warm and resonant, yet still detailed.

Solo Piano - Released April 14, 2017 | Aparté

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Disciple of Vlado Perlemuter and Jean Hubeau, Michel Dalberto has stood out as a master and ardent defender of French music in the course of a forty-year career. His signature for the Aparté label of a series of recordings devoted to Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, and Franck marks his awaited return to discs. Each episode will be recorded live and accompanied by a video. This second release, recorded on a Bechstein piano at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique-Paris on 7 January 2017, honours Gabriel Fauré.

Solo Piano - Released April 7, 2017 | ARTALINNA

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Aline Piboule offers us a journey to the country of light. For her first solo album, she brings together three fundamental French piano works, Fauré’s Ballade and Theme and Variations and Dutilleux’s Sonata, which has become one of her favourite pieces. The programme is made up of a succession of insistent variations on the theme of light, contrasting aesthetics which very often oscillate between shadows, sound and silences. Aline Piboule’s playing has a fairly typical French charm, fluctuating between robustness and tender sensuality. © Artalinna

Concertos - Released March 22, 2019 | Alpha

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With their poetry, their passionate and intimate lyricism, their refined style that gradually reveals hidden depths, the thirteen Nocturnes of Gabriel Fauré are the most significant group of works in his oeuvre for solo piano. Composed over a period of forty-six years (between 1875 and 1821), they bear witness to the composer’s remarkable stylistic evolution. From a form of expression rooted in romanticism, to an aesthetic fully aligned with 20th-century modernity, Fauré can be said to have shaped his musical personality like a sculptor. His Nocturnes are not all of equal importance, but as a whole their diversity and development offer a perfect panorama of his art. Éric Le Sage, one of the French piano school’s main representatives, whose many recordings for Alpha include the complete chamber music of Fauré, here interprets the repertoire closest to his heart. © Alpha Classics

Solo Piano - Released February 1, 2019 | BIS

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Classical - Released May 17, 2019 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | PentaTone

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Thanks to the dedication, skill, and expressive power of the vocal soloists, choir, orchestra, and conductor, this profound and beautiful performance of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, Op. 48, is one of the most moving interpretations on disc, and sure to garner critical praise for its polish and eloquence. Baritone Harry Peeters is especially moving in his solo in the Libera Me, and soprano Christiane Oelze's Pie Jesu is as seraphic and serene as one might wish. The scrupulously blended voices of the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the sonorous Limburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ed Spanjaard, merge seamlessly in this gentle, legato performance. Yet it should also be noted that Spanjaard's pacing, while steady, is slightly faster than usual, which keeps the Requiem fluid and light, and prevents even the most foreboding passages from sliding into gloominess. Also contributing to the excellence of this hybrid SACD is PentaTone's remarkably deep multichannel reproduction, and the resonance of the venue adds an ideal radiance to the performers' warm sound. Listeners may pick and choose among the short works that fill out the rest of this album -- some, such as the overplayed Pavane and the bombastic Les Djinns, are easy to skip -- but the sublime Requiem should not be missed.

Classical - Released October 30, 2015 | Alpha


Classical - Released September 25, 2012 | Alpha

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Classical - Released November 3, 2008 | naïve


Classical - Released February 22, 2019 | Warner Classics


Chamber Music - Released September 29, 2011 | Alpha

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released July 1, 2013 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Classical - Released September 9, 2014 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released March 11, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Chamber Music - Released September 27, 2018 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Classical - Released January 10, 2020 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released May 25, 2018 | Mirare

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