- Conductor: None
- Composer: Gabriel Fauré
- Audio CD (4 Sept. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Hyperion
- ASIN: B00DOVXMRU
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,872 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Faure: Piano Music [Angela Hewitt] [Hyperion: CDA67875]
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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
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
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
The major work - the variations - is the highlight, I always think that variations pieces are the ones that show up a solid technique and Hewitt has technique in spades.