Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3 – Chanson d'amour
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Fauré reverts to his famous madrigal style for this little known song. Semiquavers sweep gently up the keyboard and the vocal line has a courtly grace that might suggest the seventeenth century, even if the harmony does not do so. The moment that most suggests time-travel in the song is to be heard in the final bars: a rising twelve-note vocalise leads up to an elegantly turned trill leading to the final cadence. Under the fingers the pianist cannot help noticing the Sérénade’s similarity to another 9/8 song with similar dotted rhythms, and in a similarly wistful mood, the Samain setting Arpège (1897). After the performance M. Jourdain judges the song to be ‘lugubre’; he requires the music master to brighten it up, a little bit here, a little bit there. The Maistre de Musique replies with a phrase that goes completely over M. Jourdain’s head: ‘Il faut, Monsieur, que l’air soit accommodé aux paroles’.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2005