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Faure: Dolly

Magazine article Gramophone

Faure: Dolly

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Faure

Dolly, Op 56 (a). Masques et bergamasques, Op 112 (a). Souvenirs de Bayreuth (a). Fantaisie, Op 79 (b). Morceau de concours (b). Sicilienne, Op 78 (b/d). Piano Trio, Op 120 (c). Apres un reve (d)

Eric Le Sage pf with (a) Alexandre Tharaud pf (b) Emmanuel Pahud fl (c) Pierre Colombet vn (c) Raphael Merlin, (d) Francois Salque vcs

Alpha [F] ALPHA603 (71' * DDD)

This fourth volume of the gradually evolving Faure series from Eric Le Sage et al could have been something of a dog's dinner, a mopping-up exercise. It begins conventionally enough with the works for piano four hands: Dolly, of course, but also the less often encountered Masques et bergamasques--better known in its orchestral garb--which is persuasively played by Le Sage and Tharaud. They launch into Faure's snide dig at Wagner, Souvenirs de Bayreuth, with irresistible elan. And the presence of Emmanuel Pahud is luxury casting, somehow making the most familiar sound fresh--his Fantaisie limpid and airy, the Sicilienne given with a simplicity (by pianist as much as wind player) combined with a quiet ardour that is most winning, while the Morceau--hardly up there with Faure's most distinguished pieces--is beautifully phrased and coloured. …

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