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    The Piano Quintet No.1 and the Piano Quartet No.1 are my favourites. The slow movement of the former almost made me cry a couple of times. Withering roses, colder mornings and passing summer holidays - that golden time of the year in early September, when summer loves start becoming summer memories.

    The numbers 2 of the above mentioned works are almost as refined. Plus the Cello Sonata. I've recently said in another thread - Fauré is The Master of Refinement.

    His music is somewhat autumnal. That's why I love it, but avoid it on happy days.

    'Apres un reve' is my favourite French melodie.

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    Faure's "Pelleas et Melisande" is a beautiful piece. "Ballade" and "Masques et Bergamasques" are great and of course the "Requiem."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    Fauré is a turgid, tacky bafoon of a composer who writes nothing but 4th-rate bombastic balderdash for pedantic plebians.

    (My attemt at making a Bach-inspired criticism.)
    I haven't a half of these words even in my dictionary. Was it just a joke inspired by Bach or do you really have such a bad meaning about this sensitive and unique composer?

    Anyway, it is not accurate at all. "Bombastic" is the last word on this world that I would use in relation to Fauré. His compositions are works of intimacy. Including his large-scale Requiem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hdk132 View Post
    I am playing his Elegie for cello and orch (but w/ piano, recording w/ orchestra is rare). It is absolutely amazing and has incrediably intense and powerful emotions in it. The harmonies are excellent as well.
    This work one of the best mourning pieces I know. Beautiful in its simplicity and directness. I have version with orchestra (Julian Lloyd Webber).
    Last edited by confuoco; Apr-29-2009 at 13:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by confuoco View Post
    I haven't a half of these words even in my dictionary. Was it just a joke inspired by Bach or do you really have such a bad meaning about this sensitive and unique composer?

    Anyway, it is not accurate at all. "Bombastic" is the last word on this world that I would use in relation to Fauré. His compositions are works of intimacy. Including his large-scale Requiem.
    Hahaha!

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    I remember I was a little turned off at first by Fauré because of a certain recording (I forget which) that was exploiting operatic vocals over solo piano, and that didn't sit so well in my stomach. It was when I checked out his Requiem later on, I realized I was making a great dismissing him, and turns out that peice fits my tastes perfectly. I will definitely try to find more of his works, but it is quite hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herzeleide View Post
    Hahaha!
    What is so funny in my post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by confuoco View Post
    What is so funny in my post?
    The thought of Tapkaara reading it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herzeleide View Post
    The thought of Tapkaara reading it.
    OK, I didn't get the meaning of his post, so I was confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by confuoco View Post
    OK, I didn't get the meaning of his post, so I was confused.
    It's okay. Irony and humour are without a doubt harder to perceive in a foreign language!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reign of Praine View Post
    I remember I was a little turned off at first by Fauré because of a certain recording (I forget which) that was exploiting operatic vocals over solo piano
    Lol. It's called mélodie - a genre in which Faure excelled.
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    I have a recording of Faure's Requiem which I have not visited in a while, but I should more often. A composer of delicacy and sensitivity.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    everyone should check out the Brilliant Classics box of Fauré's Piano Music.. i got really cheap and it's one of my most listened recordings.. his piano music is just exquisite.. so elegant and passionate.. particularly his Nocturnes.. please do yourselves a favor and check it out..

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    AH! I LOVE Gabriel Faure. I was hooked on his music the first time I heard "Requiem."
    "Birds sit motionless on their branches. The world is slumbering! It grows cool in the shade of my fir-trees. I stand and await my friend, I wait for him for our last farewell. O friend, I long to share the beauty of this evening at your side. Where do you linger? Long you leave me alone! I wander here and there with my lyre on soft grassy paths. O Beauty! O endless love-life-drunken world!" ~ Das Lied von der Erde - Der Abschied (Li Tai-Po/G.Mahler) <---Click to Listen

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    Gabriel Faure -


    Pieces that I have by Faure

    -Requiem
    -Pelleas et Melisande suite
    -Pavane for choir and orchestra

    Everything that I have by Faure is of such beauty, harmonically, melodically, and orchestration-wise. My favorite work by him that I have is the Pavane. It has such a magical, naive childlike innocence to its beauty. The harmonies are wonderful, the harmonic progressions. The requiem is also a great piece, more dramatic than the other two. It has insanely moving moments to it. Very comforting for a requiem. Faure is one of those composers that transports you to another world. The sensualness of his music is definitely something very French. The impressionists like Debussy definitely can trace some of their ancestry back to Faure.

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