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FAURE: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Elegie / Romance (Kliegel)

Composer(s):Faure, Gabriel
Artist(s) Kliegel, Maria, cello • Tichman, Nina, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557889
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Fauré’s two cello sonatas are compact, beautifully written works whose musical language, with its many subtle changes of tonality and gift for melody, has been described as conveying ‘the power of tranquil thought’. Written in the summer of 1917, during the First World War, the neglected First Sonata begins with a troubled Allegro, followed by an eloquent Andante and a sparkling Finale. The C minor Andante of the Second Sonata has its origin in a Chant funèbre commissioned for the celebration in May 1921 of the centenary of the death of Napoleon. This recital also includes an arrangement of the ever-popular song Après un rêve, as well as the virtuosic Papillon.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2008

Born in 1845, Gabriel Faure’s aptitude towards music delighted his father, and was sent to study at the Ecole Neidermeyer in Paris where he found Saint-Saens as his piano teacher.His education completed he rather foolishly accepted the post as organist of a church in provincial France at the age of 21, and as a result suffered an isolation from the music scene in Paris. That was further compounded by marriage and two children that Faure could only support by a mundane life in teaching. His desired career as a composer was now largely restricted to holidays, but more by chance than good planning, his life turned round when a series of odd events ended up with Faure as the much unexpected Director of the Paris Conservatoire. It was to be this unassuming and mild character



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