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    Do you really think so?
    Personally, I adore his Requiem. I would not call that 4th-rate bombastic balderdash.
    He is one of the great 20th century french composers
    But I guess its just opinions!

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    I am bringing this thread back from the crevices of this forum!

    Particularly to draw attention to this masterpiece:

    After what appears to be a bland introduction, the first variation is textured in almost unbearably beauty!

    I can't play Debussy étude

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    Faure has actually become my second favorite composer. His piano music is ethereal, his chamber music represents the greatest unknown masterpieces of the late 19th/early 20th centuries, he was arguably the greatest song writer of his generation, and as a teacher he paved the way for impressionism.

    Here's his Clair de Lune, better than Debussy's in my opinion.

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    One of the many composers that I need to explore in more depth.

    I have his requiem, Pavane and Pelleas and Melisande suite (or it might be the whole piece, I can't tell).

    All are very gorgeous. Of course I have heard various other things by him along the way but not in depth as I would like to.
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    Hmm, that sounds familiar.
    I can't play Debussy étude

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    Next on my list to explore more deeply after Ravel. Got The Best of Faure. Pavane is really nice.

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    Anyone feel like this is worth buying? I'm considering this purchase.

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    Sonata, a genuine bargain. Three thumbs up. Enjoy.

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    The Brilliant box of his chamber works would be a great accompaniment to the songs set if you already haven't got it. I could do with investigating his lesser-known orchestral stuff - there's a 2-disc set on EMI that looks interesting.

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    Presto has a sale on Brilliant right now. The song set is 11.80, as is a set of his complete piano works. His chamber music set Is 14 dollars for 5 discs. not bad! I'll just do the songs for now as I still have plenty to absorb in my Brahms chamber music box, but I'll definitely keep it in mind Elgar!

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    The Requiem is very nice, but to me the essence of Fauré is his chamber music. The Domus recordings of his piano quintets were a life-changing experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    The Requiem is very nice, but to me the essence of Fauré is his chamber music. The Domus recordings of his piano quintets were a life-changing experience.
    I too admire/enjoy his chamber music.

    Much of his piano music strikes me as understated; attractive but 'reserved'. Wondering how the organists here feel about his music for that instrument.
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    Fauré was an anchor of style and good taste at a time when style and good taste were becoming more and more unfashionable. You can't argue with Mahler's abilities as a composer, but you could say that some of his music lacked good taste. The same applies to Wagner and Strauss. It is interessting that when Strauss wrote his late Metamorphosen, one French critic said that it made up for all the tasteless works Strauss had written before. Seems like the question of taste is a valid point of criticism only for the French. Who else would judge a piece of art by that standard nowadays? Bit of a pity, I think.

    I adore Fauré's Requiem and his chamber music. He combines his gift for melodies with solid forms and structures, while keeping the overall sound clear and really quite classical. And his tone never becomes hysterical (unlike that of the aforementioned composers) but remains firmly under control, even during the most passionate statements. That's a quality I love in Brahms as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post


    Anyone feel like this is worth buying? I'm considering this purchase.
    Absolutely! Fabulous music in stunning performances... Gerard Souzay is the Fischer-Dieskau of French art song... and at a bargain basement price. What is not to love?
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    An old double-LP from Grant Johannesen´s recording of the complete piano works, on the Golden Crest label. Am listening to it now. It is generally a more contrastful reading of Faure´s piano music than what one is accustomed to, and as such refreshing. But he has a tendency of being too hasty, or excel in too much banging (3 Romances + Valse Caprice 2), which made me remember also Johannesen´s incredibly rushed version of the Mozart 24th Piano Concerto on the MMS label. In some other works, he is poetical and quiet, though (Barcarole 7).

    An uneven, but not uninteresting issue.

    His Turnabout recording of the "Ballade" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqq4dw6Bqyo (poor you-t transfer) and "Fantaisie" concertante pieces are good, IMO.

    An interesting historical recording found on you-tube of "Impromptu" op.31, played by Eileen Joyce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg_Pjkv6iNg

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