The pianist Jean Hubeau recorded this intégrale of Gabriel Fauré's solo piano pieces in late 1988 and early 1989 for Erato just a few years before his death; I find that these are very musical interpretations, if not technically infallible, and this inexpensive Warner Classics set (an attractive card box, by-the-way) would prove to be a good long-term companion to these still underrated pieces. Perhaps M Hubeau is more successful in the shorter, simpler, pieces, such as the Nocturnes, but no-one should be disappointed by his interpretations. The recordings are generally fine, although the piano tone is a little shallow here and there. There are good notes in the booklet by Benoit Duteurtre.
Going back many decades, Alfred Cortot The Anniversary Edition recorded a few Fauré pieces, and he was a great champion of the composer:-
"...in my opinion M. Fauré's real pianistic originality is revealed in the works of a contemplative or softly impassioned nature, where an intimate emotion inspires a style that is deeply intense and controlled at the same time, expressed in a pianistic language which seems to exhale warmth. It is to be felt in the emotional mood of the Nocturnes, where night's dreamy ecstasy matches a rapturous or melancholy song; or in the exotic languor of the Barcarolles, where the soft splash of water mingles with the happy murmur of love; or in the grave serenity which breathes through many of the Préludes, and the splendid Variations..."
Alfred Cortot, "The Piano Music of Gabriel Fauré", 1922.
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