Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1 (CD)

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Malcolm Martineau

Pianist Malcolm Martineau brings together some of the UK’s finest singers for the first release in a new series charting the complete songs of French composer Gabriel Fauré. This follows Martineau’s well-received series of the complete Poulenc songs.

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Gramophone Magazine

"The real revelation, though, comes from the American baritone John Chest, whose performance…blends superb dynamic control – his high mezza voce is remarkable – with deep commitment, flawless phrasing and an easy warmth of tone…Martineau’s playing, beautiful and fastidiously detailed, is, of course, the unifying factor: few have quite such an innate understanding of the way in which the smallest gestures of colour and nuance expose the depths of emotion in Fauré’s work. It all forms a most engaging start to the series"

The Guardian

"Fauré’s music here benefits from [Martineau's] light but purposeful touch and mercurial responsiveness to the words of his singers – a team of eight, mixing experience and freshness...Martineau is in his element throughout, guiding the songs unerringly and keeping sensuality and simplicity in balance."

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Fauré: Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1
Fauré: Arpège, Op. 76 No. 2 (Samain)
Fauré: Aurore, Op. 39 No. 1
Fauré: Chanson du pêcheur Op. 4 No. 1
Fauré: Cinq Melodies 'de Venise', Op. 58
Fauré: Dans les ruines d'une abbaye Op. 2 No. 1
Fauré: Fleur jetée, Op. 39 No. 2
Fauré: La fée aux chansons Op. 27 No. 2
Fauré: Le jardin clos Op. 106
Fauré: Le papillon et la fleur, Op. 1 No. 1
Fauré: Le voyageur Op. 18 No. 2
Fauré: Les berceaux, Op. 23 No. 1
Fauré: Les matelots Op. 2 No. 2
Fauré: Lydia, Op. 4 No. 2
Fauré: Mai Op. 1 No. 2
Fauré: Nell, Op. 18 No. 1
Fauré: Poème d'un jour Op. 21
Fauré: Sérénade toscane Op. 3 No. 2
Fauré: Songs (4), Op. 39
Fauré: Sylvie, Op. 6 No. 3
Fauré: Tristesse, Op. 6 No. 2
Fauré: Vocalise-étude

Malcolm Martineau (piano), Ann Murray (mezzo), John Chest (baritone), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Nigel Cliffe (baritone), Ben Johnson (tenor), Lorna Anderson (soprano), Janis Kelly (soprano), Joan Rodgers (soprano)