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Track(s) taken from CDA66320
Recording details: August 1988
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 0 seconds

'This varied and generous selection of 28 songs is perhaps the best general introduction to this important side of Fauré's output and is also one of Geoffrey Parsons's finest recordings: voice and piano seem always to be at one. A magical disc' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'Deeply considered and deeply moving performances' (BBC Record Review)

'A performance to treasure' (Opera Now)

Aurore, Op 39 No 1
First line:
Des jardins de la nuit s'envolent les étoiles
20 May 1884, published as Op 39 No 1, E major (original key G major) 4/4 Andante
author of text

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Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançais
The model of this kind of mélodie has already been established by Le secret (1880). The accompaniment (as in so many later Fauré songs) begins in simple crotchets, slightly detached (in this case distant stars a-twinkle – cf Diane, Séléné from L’horizon chimérique), seemingly uneventful, yet the epitome of harmonic subtlety. With the gradual arrival of dawn the music builds and develops over four pages. After the rapt diffidence of the first strophe the accompaniment (without a change of pulse) flowers into semiquavers for the second verse in the minor key. At the third strophe (the song is an ABA structure) the semiquavers are re-energized for a triumphant return to the major. With the warmth of a new dawn comes a new romantic confidence. The deployment of notes between the hands (a crotchet in the left, three semiquavers in the right) as well as the key of G major, prophesy the optimistic N’est-ce pas? from La bonne chanson. The poem is the fourth in a sequence of eight (entitled Matutina) from Silvestre’s collection Le pays des roses. The title ‘Aurore’ is Fauré’s own.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2005

Other albums featuring this work
'Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Dans un parfum de roses' (CDA67336)
Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Dans un parfum de roses

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