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FAURE, G.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Sicilienne / Elegie / Pavane / Papillon (Joost Ben-Sasson, Sternfield)

Composer(s):Faure, Gabriel
Artist(s) Joost Ben-Sasson, Ina-Esther, cello • Sternfield, Allan, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570545
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Fauré’s musical language bridged a gap between 19th-century Romanticism and the music that appeared with the new century, developing and evolving, but retaining its own fundamental characteristics. His gift for melody, subtle harmonic idiom and judicious and highly personal use of contemporary innovations make for enriching listening, whether in the popular Sicilienne, Pavane and other short pieces or in his two tuneful and impeccably crafted Cello Sonatas. Fauré’s Piano Quintets on 8.570938 and Violin Sonatas Nos 1 and 2 on 8.550906 are also available.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,March 2010

Six of Faure’s favourite chestnuts of the repertoire surround the two seldom-heard Cello and piano Sonatas, masterpieces in the form. The glowing and warm performances by the Israeli team of Ben-Sasoon and Sternfield are simply ideal, as are the acoustics of the recording. Here in one attractive package is the best of Faure’s output for cello and piano in a generously packed CD.


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