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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: 103,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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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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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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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 Philip Chadwick VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2014
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Superb performances of a composer just under Schumann and Chopin.
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.
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