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Track(s) taken from CDA67184
Recording details: October 2000
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Arne Akselberg
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 2 minutes 29 seconds

'Plenty to enjoy here' (Gramophone)

'Unexpected pleasures' (BBC Music Magazine)

‘Most of the pieces will be unfamiliar, but they are all absolutely beautiful, played with great enthusiasm’ (Classic FM Magazine)

'The music is so winning, and so intelligently chosen, that even hearts as hard as that of your average critic are won over ere long … a wonderful disc' (Fanfare, USA)

Papillon, Op 77
composer
1884; Fauré's title is Pièce pour violoncelle; first published by Hamelle in 1898 under the non-approved title Papillon

Papillon Op 77  [2'29]

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Alban Gerhardt (cello), Cecile Licad (piano)
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Following the publication by Julien Hamelle of the Élégie, Fauré was immediately commissioned to write a second piece for cello, perhaps as a lighter counterpart. But again there was a delay in publication, this time of fourteen years until 1898. On this occasion some responsibility might lie with the increasingly sour relations between composer and publisher, whose incompetence extended to actually losing manuscripts and who insisted on calling the piece first Libellules (Dragonflies), then Papillon (Butterfly); to which Fauré, no lover of fancy titles, retorted: ‘Butterfly or Dung Fly, call it whatever you like.’ The five sections of Papillon contain contrasting material: the odd-numbered ones might equally be a French ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’, pre-empting Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1899 version; in the two enclosed sections the cello sings a lyrical, symmetrical song that finally takes wing over one of Fauré’s favourite descending bass lines.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2012


Other albums featuring this work
'Fauré: Cello Sonata No 2 & other works' (CDA66235)
Fauré: Cello Sonata No 2 & other works
'Fauré: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67872)
Fauré: Cello Sonatas

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