Gabriel Fauré

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Gabriel Urbain Fauré (French: [ɡabʁiɛl yʁbɛ̃ fɔʁe]; 12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style.

Fauré was born into a cultured but not especially musical family. His talent became clear when he was a small boy. At the age of nine, he was sent to a music college in Paris, where he was trained to be a church organist and choirmaster. Among his teachers was Camille Saint-Saëns, who became a lifelong friend. After graduating from the college in 1865, Fauré earned a modest living as an organist and teacher, leaving him little time for composition. When he became successful in his middle age, holding the important posts of organist of the Église de la Madeleine and director of the Paris Conservatoire, he still lacked time for composing; he retreated to the countryside in the summer holidays to concentrate on composition. By his last years, Fauré was recognised in France as the leading French composer of his day. An unprecedented national musical tribute was held for him in Paris in 1922, headed by the president of the French Republic. Outside France, Fauré's music took decades to become widely accepted, except in Britain, where he had many admirers during his lifetime.

Fauré's music has been described as linking the end of Romanticism with the modernism of the second quarter of the 20th century. When he was born, Chopin was still composing, and by the time of Fauré's death, jazz and the atonal music of the Second Viennese School were being heard. The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which describes him as the most advanced composer of his generation in France, notes that his harmonic and melodic innovations influenced the teaching of harmony for later generations. During the last twenty years of his life, he suffered from increasing deafness. In contrast with the charm of his earlier music, his works from this period are sometimes elusive and withdrawn in character, and at other times turbulent and impassioned.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Requiem / Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Fauré; L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Louis Frémaux 2
1978 Requiem / Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Fauré; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Louis Frémaux, Norma Burrowes, Brian Rayner Cook 1
1983 Complete Solo Piano Works, Volume 1: The Nocturnes nos. 1-7 Gabriel Fauré; Paul Crossley 1
1983 Symphony in D minor / Pelléas et Mélisande Franck, Fauré; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Davis 1
1983 The Nocturnes nos 8-13 / Pièces Brèves, op. 84 Gabriel Fauré; Paul Crossley 1
1986 Requiem Gabriel Fauré; Lucia Popp, Simon Estes, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 1
1986 Piano Quartets Gabriel Fauré; Domus 2
1986 Faure: Requiem / Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte Fauré, Ravel; Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kathleen Battle, Andreas Schmidt 1
1986 String Quartets Debussy, Ravel, Fauré; Quatuor Viotti 4 1
1987 Fauré: Requiem / Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Fauré, Bernstein; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Richard Hickox 1
1987 Pelléas et Mélisande / Dolly / Après un rêve / Pavane / Elégie (Boston Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Seiji Ozawa) Gabriel Fauré 1
1987 Complete Solo Piano Works, Volume 4: The Nine Préludes op. 103 / The Five Impromptus opp. 25, 31, 34, 91 & 102 / Thème et Variations in C sharp minor op. 73 Gabriel Fauré; Paul Crossley 1
1987 Ravel: Piano Concertos / Fauré: Fantaisie / Franck: Symphonic Variations Ravel, Fauré, Franck; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alicia de Larrocha 1
1987 Requiem Fauré; Armstrong, Fischer-Dieskau, Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboïm 2
1988 Requiem and other choral music (The Cambridge Singers, Members of the City of London Sinfonia feat. conductor: John Rutter) Gabriel Fauré 2
1988 Requiem / Pelléas et Mélisande / Pavane Fauré; Te Kanawa, Milnes, Dutoit, Montréal 1
1988 Musique de chambre, Volume 1 Gabriel Fauré 2
1988 Quatuors pour piano et cordes Gabriel Fauré; Marguerite Long, Trio Pasquier, Jacques Thibaud, Maurice Vieux, Pierre Fournier 1
1988 Requiem / Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville Gabriel Fauré, André Messager; Philippe Herreweghe, Agnès Mellon, Peter Kooy, Chœur de la Chapelle Royale, Ensemble Musique Oblique 2
1989 Requiem / Messe Basse / Cantique de Jean Racine / Motets Gabriel Fauré; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best 5 2
1989 La Chanson d'Eve and Other Songs Gabriel Fauré; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
1989 Le Requiem de Fauré Gabriel Fauré 1
1989 Requiems Fauré, Duruflé; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury 1
1989 Violin Sonatas Fauré, Debussy, Franck; Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1
1990 Piano music Gabriel Fauré; Pascal Rogé 1
1990 Cello Concertos Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Fauré; Gaspar Cassadó, Bamberger Symphony, Jonel Perlea 1
1990 Pelléas et Mélisande Arnold Schönberg, Jean Sibelius, Gabriel Fauré; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 2
1991 Sonates pour violoncelle Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy; Paul Tortelier, Jean Hubeau 1
1991 Sonates pour violoncelle et piano Fauré; Roland Pidoux, Jean-Claude Pennetier 1
1992 Romantic French Music for Guitar and Orchestra Debussy, Fauré, Satie; CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Breiner, Gerald Garcia 1
1992 Franck / Fauré / Debussy Franck, Fauré, Debussy; Dimitri Ferschtman, Mila Baslawskaya 1
1992 Piano Quartets, opp. 15 & 45 Fauré; Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Yo‐Yo Ma 2
1993 Requiem / Pavane Gabriel Fauré; Robert Chilcott, John Carol Case, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks 1
1993 Mélodies Fauré; Nathalie Stutzmann, Catherine Collard 1
1993 Violin Sonata No. 1 / Violin Sonata / Violin Sonata No. 1 Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Chee-Yun, 江口玲 1
1994 Nocturnes, Volume 1 Fauré; Jean Martin 1
1994 Requiem, Original Orchestration / Choral Works Fauré; Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner 1
1994 Franck: Symphonic Variations / D'Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air / Fauré: Ballade, op. 19 Franck, D'Indy, Fauré; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Antonio de Almeida, François-Joël Thiollier 1
1994 L'Œuvre pour piano Gabriel Fauré; Jean Doyen 1
1994 Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48 / Duruflé: Reqiuem, Op. 9 (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Michel Legrand, soprano: Barbara Bonney, mezzo-soprano: Jennifer Larmore, baritone: Thomas Hampson) Fauré / Duruflé 1
1994 The French Connection Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, Ibert; Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1995 Piano Quintets Fauré; Domus, Anthony Marwood 1
1995 The Complete Music for Piano Gabriel Fauré; Kathryn Stott 1
1995 Violin Sonatas nos. 1 and 2 Fauré; Pascal Devoyon, Dong-Suk Kang 1
1995 Aureole Debussy, Ibert, Ravel, Devienne, Fauré; Aureole Trio 1
1995 Complete Works for Cello Fauré; Steven Isserlis, Pascal Devoyon 1
1995 Concertos pour violoncelle Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Fauré; Anne Gastinel, Orchestre National de Lyon, Emmanuel Krivine 1
1995 Fauré: Requiem / Ravel, Koechlin, Schmitt: Orchestral Works Fauré, Ravel, Koechlin, Schmitt; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1995 Josef Suk Plays Franck, Fauré, Ravel Franck, Fauré, Ravel; Josef Suk, Josef Hála 1
1995 Orchestral Works (BBC Philharmonic feat. Yan Pascal Tortelier) Gabriel Fauré 1

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