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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZVF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor Op 89: Molto moderato
2. Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor Op 89: Adagio
3. Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor Op 89: Allegretto moderato
4. Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor Op 89: Allegro moderato
5. Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor Op 89: Allegro vivo
6. Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor Op 89: Andante moderato
7. Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor Op 89: Allegro molto

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GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER PENGUIN GUIDE ROSETTE 'Among the new discs celebrating the 150th anniversary of Fauré's birth this is outstanding' --The Guardian

'Profound and fascinating works of alluring beauty performed with care and affection' --Classic CD

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By a nice guy on 26 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
There is very little music in my opinion that doesn't cease to improve the more you listen to it. These two quintets on the other hand just get better and better. The more you listen to this the more one can hear Faure's style and musical voice. A true original!
Faure's subtle tonal shadings may not be for everyone. Dvorak, one of my other favourite composers of chamber music for example, takes the proverbial bull by the horns in all of his pieces and they can be fully enjoyed from the first listen. This music is not like that. Like a ripening piece of fruit it grows into maturity as you learn to appreciate it more.

The playing is splendid. Marvellous recording of music that ranges from being wistful to being joyful to being full of concentrated, heavenly rapture.

Music for a lifetime, maybe?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on 5 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
About a decade after their highly-praised recordings of the Faure Piano Quartets, Domus (with Anthony Marwood contributing the second violin) turned to the two Piano Quintets in 1994, and again they produced splendid performances, aided by some of the best Hyperion sound. I can't add much to what earlier and more knowledgeable reviewers (see American Amazon.com) have said, so here are just some impressions. First, these works feel more like late-19th Century works than 20th century ones (they are from 1906 and 1921), with their rich harmonies and lyrical thematic material. In the earlier of the two, the impression is of a rather melancholy mood prolonged, but such is the resourcefulness of Faure's writing (and Domus's playing) that the ear is always engaged by it. The way the movements all seamlessly move forward, while the instruments exchange roles without missing a beat means that the music is always alive, and while the strings contribute the richness, Susan Tomes's piano, with an extensive but not glamourous part, underpins the whole with its clarity of articulation and rhythmic steadiness. In the later Quartet, completed just a few years before Faure's death and at a time when deafness had forced him to give up an academic post, the music is, if anything, more lively and more varied, with a piquant scherzo movement and a finale that combines tonal richness with considerable drive and energy. The lovely slow movement is perhaps the one that recalls the mood of the earlier Quartet. The liner-notes writer makes much of the autumnal feeling of the later quartet, and related that to Faure's wry acceptance of his age and his deafness. Well, maybe . . . but to me it sounded very lively and more directly assertive than the earlier work. Both are beauties, though. I recommend with no reservations.
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By HCL RYLAND on 13 Sept. 2014
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
About as beautiful as music can get 29 Dec. 1999
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Faure is a master of creating cool, delicate, elegant melodies that progress in complex, unexpected, and, often, achingly lovely, ways. "Ravishing" might be nearly the right adjective for these quintets, but that adjective calls a bit too much attention to itself, and Faure's music never does that. These piano quintets, like virtually all of Faure's chamber works, are nothing if not subtle, and, though certainly "French", they don't sound like anything else, before or since.
This interpretation by Domus/Marwood is all that any admirer of this music could hope for. The performers here do a lot more than get the notes right--they seem sensitive to the atmosphere these works can create when played with insight and concentration. The recording itself has to be perfect to capture all the necessary nuances of the music and intricacies of the performance, and it is. The end result is about as beautiful as music can be.
If you admire Faure's Requiem, but are not familiar with his chamber works, well, you have a lot of catching up to do. This CD is a great place to start.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A glowing account brimming with unexpected glories 4 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To this day, Gabriel Faure has remained rather an obscure and neglected figure in the ranks of chamber music composers, or at least, it seems that outside France his appeal has been limited to 'connoisseurs only'. It might be overtly optimistic to expect that Faure's status would ever rise to the level of such household names as Beethoven or Brahms (or even Debussy, for that matter); however, what with music as compelling and beautiful as these two Quintets, one should wish his reputation to grow.
This Hyperion issue of Faure's two Piano Quintets, where Domus is joined by Anthony Marwood, presents both the composer and the ensemble at their very best. Even more poignantly than on their excellent account of the Piano Quartets, Domus manage to convey the bitter-sweet, elusive fragrance of the fleeting moment so often expressed by Faure.
Even at their most vivacious and rapturous, both of these Piano Quintets are pervaded by an introspective, melancholy strain that has an unnerving tendency to linger in the listener's memory. These works are melodious but not melodramatic, gently lyrical yet not overtly 'romantic' - and definitely not pessimistic. Despite the aforementioned autumnal undertones, there are moments of almost whimsical passion and mercurial joie-de-vivre here. What more need I say? A little perseverance is needed, perhaps, as Faure's style of writing (especially his 'liquid' piano lines) may at first seem a bit hard to grasp, despite of the fact that these Quintets were not in any explicit way 'modern' or revolutionary at the time when they were composed. However, repeated listening will reveal unexpected glories and nuances below the seemingly traditional fin-de-siecle surface, and as always, perseverance brings the richest rewards.
On the whole, this is a perfect record to add to your Faure collection - even if you have not yet started one, you probably will after hearing these unjustly neglected jewels.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The essential Faure 1 Jan. 2004
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gabriel Faure's compositions always seem mannered, controlled, remarkably crafted, not a note out of place. These works are, in the words of a previous reviewer, ravishing. And it is not just the music per se, it is the mood, the style, the soul of the man that seems to shine forth.
Saying all that, these are works that improve on second and third listening. The effect is not immediate, say as in Schumann or Brahms. They are quintessentially "French", slightly modernistic, but they glisten and shine like a jewel. The interplay between the piano and the others is like a bubbling fountain, sometimes in sync, sometimes seeming to go in different directions. The interpretation is quite sensitive to the artist and for Faure, this is quite difficult considering its reserved intimacy.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best 9 Aug. 2004
By T. Mobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of all the classical discs I own, two always spring to mind as absolute favourites. Seeing as how the other one is only available in a box set, I can emphatically declare this Faure disc to be the greatest single classical CD I know.

This disc has won numerous awards for a very good reason. Not only is the music amongst the most subtle, magical and ultimately satisfying classical music, the performances are of such high quality that it's impossible to imagine the music being played any other way. The blend between piano and strings is judged perfectly throughout, so that there is never any impression of a soloist, just a beautifully blended ensemble.

Buy and enjoy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rarified French Beauty 14 Feb. 2006
By Alan Lekan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Faure was a modest man, musician and composer who did not achieve the recognition he probably deserved. As such, he resonated with subtle, nuanced chamber, ecclesiastical and solo piano music more than with the bombastic (Wagnerian) symphonic or operatic displays that were all the rage in late 19th-century Paris. But, we should be quite grateful for this trait - for out of this contemplative, subdued mindset came such wonderous works of rarified beauty as these piano quintets.

The sensitive radiance of these pieces is ideally matched by Susan Tomes, Richard Lester and the rest of this UK quintet. Indeed, for those who collect 19th-century chamber music, this is a special recording of great depth and expressive beauty. Most notable, this group truly brings out the poinant utterances within the slow movements - creating a feeling like time has stilled to only the present. The ethereal atmospheres created by their rich tones and subtle, ever-so-gentle harmonic progressions are true revelations of Faure's music. These are very moving moments in this music - its hard to imagine them played more wonderously than this. Susan Tomes sets ideal tempos and rises and falls in perfect synch with the spirit within each movement to maintain a compelling overall architecture. The instruments all sound rich and full.

Combined with one of Hyperion Records better sound environments, this recording is a real treasure for admirers of the subtle, elegant and refined qualities of Faure's music. No wonder this recording won a coveted Gramophone "Gem" award. Highly Recommended. Compositions - 5 stars; Performance - 5 stars; Sound quality - 4.5 stars.
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