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Faure: Piano Music [Angela Hewitt] [Hyperion: CDA67875]

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Gabriel Fauré
  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00DOVXMRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thème et variations Op 73 | Thème [1'58]
2. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 1 Listesso tempo [0'58]
3. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 2 Più mosso [0'53]
4. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 3 Un poco più mosso [0'48]
5. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 4 Listesso tempo [1'25]
6. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 5 Un poco più mosso [0'48]
7. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 6 Molto adagio [1'50]
8. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 7 Allegro moderato [0'53]
9. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 8 Andante molto moderato [1'27]
10. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 9 Quasi adagio [1'17]
11. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 10 Allegro vivo [1'16]
12. Thème et variations Op 73 | Variation 11 Andante molto, moderato espressivo [2'47]
13. Valse-caprice No 1 in A major Op 30 [7'22]
14. Valse-caprice No 2 in D flat major Op 38 [7'43]
15. Nocturne No 5 in B flat major Op 37 [8'35]
16. Nocturne No 6 in D flat major Op 63 [9'12]
17. Nocturne No 13 in B minor Op 119 [8'29]
18. Ballade pour piano seul Op 19 [15'07]

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Thème et variations, op.73 - Valses-caprice n°1 & n°2 - Nocturnes n°5, n°6 & n°13 - Ballade, op.19 / Angela Hewitt, piano

Review

Those unfamiliar with Faure's keyboard works will find that Hewitt's selection provides a perfect introduction. She is complemented by a fabulous recording quality and an instrument(her trusty Fazioli)that does her justice at every turn. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR, NOv'13

Explaining music as well as she plays it is one of pianist Angela Hewitt's strengths, whether in live performance, such as at her top-to-toe Bach's Art of Fugue at her own festival in Umbria this summer, a formidable first, or on disc, as here, unfurling Fauré. She knows that some regard the composer's Nocturnes, Ballade, and Theme and Variations Opus 73 as salon music, and sets out to prove that these short pieces are as complex and nuanced at heart as they are serene and accessible on the surface. Particularly masterly are the variations, the heartbreaking 7th and final 12th very lovely. Hewitt observes that Fauré, who did not die until 1924, was born in Schumann and Chopin's lifetimes: the pianism and songfulness show their legacy. **** --Independent, 15/09/13

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2013
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Angela Hewitt proves an admirably forthright Faure interpreter in this superb recital of his piano works. I had feared she might take a more delicate approach, but as she says in her own excellent notes: "there is a grace combined with a contained strength behind every note". It strikes me as having a Brahmsian power, but this does not preclude great delicacy in, say variation 6 of the Theme et variations op. 73, where the hands converge from the outer reaches of the keyboard. She launches the work in quite a pithy way, not too pedalled, which is just one facet of a very wide sonority she draws on. The Valses-caprices have high spirits and elegance without ever spilling over into vulgarity. She then gives us three of his most heartfelt nocturnes, ending with the sublime no. 13, whose ineffable poetry she seems to dwell completely within. It makes for a captivating sequence, impossible to better really, and catching Hewitt's wonderful nuances in the most modern, full sound. She ends with the solo version of the Ballade op.19, ensuring that we end on a note of bliss unclouded by some of the feeling of mortality and resignation previously conjured. Let's hope there will be more Faure from this estimable musician in the near future; she may do much to enhance his international standing being one of the most acclaimed of international pianists - one of the very few to champion him, especially at present. The cover is carefully designed and really quite exquisite, featuring Monet's Autumn Effect at Argenteuil: a perfect correspondance to the music and of unsurpassed beauty as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Bee on 21 Sept. 2013
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My only previous exposure to Faure's piano music (apart from the theme to Listen with Mother) was going to a recital by Jean-Philippe Collard. Angela Hewitt's playing I already knew from her excellent CDs of Bach and Debussy. I remember hearing someone say that many professionals don't like playing Faure because the listener can think it sounds easy, which it's not.
This disc is everything I'd hoped for - beautiful music beautifully played and well recorded, and well worth the Five Star reviews I've seen in The Sunday Times and BBC Music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AlanB on 11 Nov. 2013
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Angela Hewitt is a wonderful pianist and I have several of her discs. These works were unknown to me, so I 'took a chance'. Again, superb playing and interesting and delightful works. So pleased to have made 'new discoveries. Reeatedly played!
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By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2015
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In her program notes (very informative as always), Angela Hewitt decries the notion that Faure's piano work is mainly "salon music." That perhaps explains why her playing here strikes me as robust. There's no hazy doodling around -- the keys are struck forcefully, and the works are given definite contours. This approach worked especially well, I thought, in the Valse-Caprices, which have considerable energy and something of an icy glitter and edge that is most attractive. The Theme and Variations, however, might have benefitted from rather more gradation of tone over the course of the 16-minute span, although the only real disappointment was in the final variation that Hewitt sees as both surprising and magical, given that the work seems to end at the end of the previous variation. The sense of a false conclusion does come through, and so the next is a surprise, but it isn't particularly magically played. The slower variations earlier in the work seem more engaging. The best things on the disc are the Nocturnes, three from different stages of Faure's long career. The second on this disc (no. 6) is a piece of quite disturbing power in its middle section, and the final latest one (no. 13) has a nice stoical plainness to it. It's in the Nocturnes that I find the deployment of tonal resources that was absent in the Theme and Variations. The remaining piece on the disc is the early Ballade, played very nicely here, with plenty of variety. I would just add -- there's a lot of music here. Don't play the whole thing through at a sitting. Select and savor.

The piano sound is excellent throughout, as it usually is from Hyperion. It was recorded in the Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin, where some of Karajan's earlier and warmest recordings were made.
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