The Nocturne No 6 in D flat major, Op 63, was written after a break of ten years, during which time both Fauré's parents died and he wrote his famous Requiem. It remains one of his most popular pieces for piano and a masterpiece in the piano literature. When asked where he found the inspiration to write the ecstatic opening, he replied ‘in the Simplon Tunnel’. One could write many words about this piece. Perhaps it is best simply to listen. As Nectoux points out, five years later Schoenberg wrote his Verklärte Nacht
, and found this same ‘road of stars’ that we hear in the middle section, marked Allegro moderato.
from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2013