With their poetry, their passonate and intimate lyricism, their refined style that gradually reveals hidden depths, the thirteen Nocturnes of Gabriel Fauré are the most significant group of works in his oeuvre for solo piano.
Composed over a period of forty-six years (between 1875 and 1821), they bear witness to the composer’s remarkable stylistic evolution. From a form of expression rooted in romanticism, to an aesthetic fully aligned with 20th-century modernity, Fauré can be said to have shaped his musical personality like a sculptor. His Nocturnes are not all of equal importance, but as a whole their diversity and development offer a perfect panorama of his art.
Éric Le Sage, one of the French piano school’s main representatives, whose many recordings for Alpha include the complete chamber music of Fauré, here interprets the repertoire closest to his heart.
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"Le Sage’s ample arsenal of touch and release strategies and his infinitely calibrated dynamic spectrum reveal nuances of textural richness inherent in this intimate repertory. Replete though the nocturnes may be with sentiment, Le Sage’s sensibility never counts sentimentality…These are loving interpretations by an artist who has made Fauré’s intimate and complex language his own."