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Faure - Piano Works [4 CD Boxset] [Box set]

Jean-Philippe Collard , Faure , None Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Faure
  • Audio CD (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • ASIN: B003AO1L0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Nocturnes 1-11
Disc: 2
1. Nocturnes 12-13
2. Theme Et Variations, Op. 73
3. Ballade Op. 19
4. Preludes, Op. 103
Disc: 3
1. Barcarolles
2. Impromptus
Disc: 4
1. 4 Valses-caprices
2. 8 Pieces Breves, Op. 84
3. Mazurka, Op. 32
4. 3 Romances Sans Paroles
5. Dolly Suite - Jean-Philippe Collard/Bruno Rigutto
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Product Description

Nocturnes - Thème & Variations op.73 - Ballade op.19 - Préludes op.103 - Barcarolles - Impromptus - Valses-Caprices - Pièces Brèves op.84 - Mazurka op.32... / Jean-Philippe Collard, piano (avec Bruno Rigutto)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ...amongst the very best ever 30 Dec 2011
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This is amongst the very few great recorded performances of Faure's piano music.
Jean Phillipe Collard's complete edition rates alongside the benchmark set by the Jean Doyen/Erato edition.
Which is probably as good as it gets.

Of course you'll come across many recordings of Faure piano music on Amazon with gushing reviews.

Beware ... Faure made it clear he loathed excessive rubato.
And lazy pedal technique kills his music as surely as does performer EGO.

Very few are able to do it justice ... it's requirements go far beyond ''virtuoso' peforormance.
Thankfully this might secure for all time it's irrelevance to the Music Appreciation Industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious music 1 April 2011
Collard's playing is masterly, refined and sensitive, as you might expect if you look up his credentials. Recent Gramophone and Penguin guides are unforgivably silent about this set. If you go back to 1999, Penguin gave Collard top billing, alongside Stott and Crossley. After listening and comparing to as much as I could on-line, I actually found I preferred Collard above his full-priced alternatives, and, after purchase, I found the music to be consistently great. So, don't hesitate! This is a true bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars as everyone says: unmissable! 12 Feb 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
No one has served French piano music as well as Jean-Philippe Collard, and his complete Faure is something to wonder at, really a set of discs to live by! It is heartening to see that others share one's opinion, however the other reviews make it clear that their distinction is not as widely trumpeted as it should be, so it is up to individuals to add their support! The advantage of a complete set is that it shows how Faure developed, and avoids placing too much emphasis on his early style, which of the three phases is really the least interesting (although still very charming). His late pieces are, for me, up there with late Beethoven; they seem to distil what matters most in life, and in a way that is only possible in music. Collard catches this very well in his playing and also has the benefit of very good recorded sound (the other versions I like equally are by Germaine Thyssens-Valentin but the sound is not as modern). He has a big sound with excellent articulation, where fullness and a certain reserve seem to coexist. All the subtle shadings in the music are there. He has also recorded the complete chamber music so his contribution to getting Faure's music more widely known has been inestimable. It's a pity we don't hear him live more often these days.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...sublime.... 12 April 2012
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This is possibly the best £10.00 or so that I have spent this many a year. Opening the rather sturdy box (thank you Brilliant Classics for attention to detail), I found myself presented with 4 CD's of some of the most sublime piano music around.

In my limited experience Faure was associated with beautifully wrought,rather charming and may be just a tad lightweight orchestral salon music.This of course is non-sense and this set proves it. The music on these discs covers a period from the early 1860's through to the early 1920's shows a variety of styles from ranging from the chimeral and impressionistic to the more profound and contemplative. As a collection the pieces seem to share a common trait - a sense of fluidity and ease of expression that might at first suggest a lack of depth,clever note spinning that goes nowhere.But listen perhaps to the 'Nocturnes' for an idea that behind all this beauty is real feeling amounting almost to angst in places.This isn't just attractive 'surface' music but music that has more substance then one listen will reveal.

This collection is just so good on so many levels it's easy to imagine still enjoying it many years hence.That's because the music itself is richly complex and rewards repeated listening.In addition Collard is a great advocate of Faure's cause.He can cope with the sophisticated shifts in textures,tone and dynamics that the composer throws at the prospective interpreter,yet still retaining the overall shape of the music.

Mention should also be made of the sound quality of the recording. You would be hard pressed to know that some of the tracks where from 1970, such is richness and detail of the sound picture.To round things off, the accompanying booklet by Jean Roy is a helpful and well written guide to Faure's music.

All in all - a winner!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars faure's a jolly good fellow! 28 Feb 2012
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Just great,I have Stott also,but Collard is now my absolute recommendation,and a very reasonably priced set,too.It's difficult to bring Faure off,too easy to make him rather salonish and trivial,whereas he is anything but.Collard does full justice to these true masterpieces,unjustly neglected by a lot of pianists for the reason that too few either understand or recognise the real content held within this music,and it's difficult to play,too.Get it,you won't regret it(that sounds like a chant!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic performances at bargain price 27 Nov 2011
Collard's recordings for EMI from 1970-83 are reissued her ny Brilliant on 4 cds at an excellent price; he is in his element in this repertoire, and the performances are consistently sensitive and graceful, surely some of the best available. The quality of Fauré's piano music is often underestimated, these are much more than more salon pieces, and his style developed notably over time, the earlier works being more vigorous and romantic, the later ones sparer and more ethereal and elusive; it is fascinating and rewarding to follow the nocturnes and barcarolles, for instance, over the decades (the last of each being composed when he was 76). The charming Dolly Suite, for four hands, is included in the set. If you're unsufficiently acquainted with Fauré's piano music, do try this box, you can't lose at this price, and there are things here that may surprise you!
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