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Track(s) taken from CDA66235
Recording details: December 1986
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1988
Total duration: 3 minutes 43 seconds

Sicilienne, Op 78
composer
composed in 1893 for a production of Molière's Le bourgeois gentilhomme; rescored for cello and piano, among other combinations, in 1898 and dedicated to William Henry Squire; orchestrated version also used in Pelléas et Mélisande

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Alban Gerhardt (cello), Cecile Licad (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
When in 1893 a production of Molière’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme folded, leaving Fauré’s incidental music unheard, the composer took one piece from it and in 1898 recycled it twice, first in the London production of Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande, then as a Sicilienne for various combinations. It is a delicate little piece, ending with a subtle juxtaposition of the keys of G minor and E flat major in which the main sections have been couched. It is dedicated to the English cellist William Henry Squire, who in 1898 was a member of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra and later toured with the contralto Clara Butt.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2012


Other albums featuring this work
'Fauré: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67872)
Fauré: Cello Sonatas

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