Magazine article Gramophone

Faure: 'The Complete Songs, Vol 1'

Magazine article Gramophone

Faure: 'The Complete Songs, Vol 1'

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Faure

'The Complete Songs, Vol 1'

Cinq Melodies 'de Venise', Op 58 (a). Le jardin clos, Op 106 (b). Poeme d'un jour, Op 21 (c). Le papillon et la fleur. Op 1 No 1s. Mai, Op 1 No 2s. Dans les ruines d'une abbaye, Op 2 No 1 (c). Les matelots, Op 2 No 2 (c). Serenade toscane (O tu che dormie riposata stai), Op 3 No 2 (d). Chanson du pecheur (Lamento), Op 4 No 1 (e). Lydia, Op 4 No 2 (f). Tristesse, Op 6 No 2 (f). Sylvie, Op 6 No 3 (c). Apres un reve (Levati sol que la luna e levata), Op 7 No 1 (a). Nell, Op 18 No 1d. Le voyageur, Op 18 No 2 (e). Les berceaux, Op 23 No 1 (g). La fee aux chansons, Op 27 No 2 (h). Aurore, Op 39 No 1 (h). Arpege, Op 76 No 2 (g). Fleur jetee, Op 39 No 2 (h). Vocalises--No 20 (g); No 29 (a)

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Malcolm Martineau's survey of Faure's songs follows on from his fine Poulenc series, also for Signum. This is also the second time he has recorded the composer's melodies complete, and the new cycle is markedly different in approach from its predecessor, released by CRD in the mid-1990s. On that occasion, the songs were divided between two singers, Tom Krause and Sarah Walker; here, he uses no fewer than eight, all of them carefully chosen, and all leaving their own very personal imprint on their material.

Martineau begins at the beginning with 'Le papillon et la fleur', Op 1 No 1, written in 1861 and sung by Ann Murray. Rather than adopting strict chronology, however, he then ranges liberally through Faure's career, though the programme is structured around three songs-cycles--Po'eme Pun jour (1878), the Cinq Melodies 'de Venise' (1891) and the sparse yet erotic Lejardin clos from 1915. …

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