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Huit pièces brèves, Op 84

composer
1869-1902

 
The Huit pièces brèves (1869–1902) are a collection of moods as fleeting as they are varied. The opening Capriccio is capricious indeed, and includes a harmonic twist at the end (bar 34) as nonchalant as it is acrobatic. In the two Fugues Fauré gravely doffs his hat to Academe, while the Adagietto denies all promise of lightness. The Allegresse (allegro giocoso), on the other hand, finds Fauré happily recalling the mood of La bonne chanson (1891/2) and the final Nocturne (repeated in the great series of thirteen) brings the set to a flowing and serene end.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 1995

Les Huit pièces brèves (1869–1902) constituent une collection d’états d’âme aussi fugitifs qu’ils sont variés. Le Capriccio de l’ouverture, comme son nom l’indique, est capricieux, et comprend un détour harmonique à la fin (trente-quatrième mesure) aussi nonchalant qu’il est acrobatique. Dans les deux Fugues, Fauré tire solennellement son chapeau au milieu académique, tandis que l’Adagietto écarte toute promesse de légèreté. L’Allegresse (allegro giocoso), d’autre part, présente un Fauré se rappelant avec joie l’état d’âme de La bonne chanson (1891/2), puis, le Nocturne final (repris dans la grande série des treize) amène l’ensemble à une fin gracieuse et sereine.

extrait des notes rédigées par Bryce Morrison © 1995
Français: Catherine Loridan

Die Huit pièces brèves (1869–1902) sind eine Zusammenstellung der verschiedenartigsten flüchtigen Stimmungen. Das eröffnender Capriccio ist in der Tat launenhaft. Es enthält gegen Schluß (Takt 34) eine harmonische Wende, die lässig und akrobatisch zugleich wirkt. In den beiden Fugen erweist Fauré der akademischen Welt eine übertriebene Ehrenbezeugung, während das Adagietto alle Versprechungen von Heiterkeit enttäuscht. In der Allegresse (allegro giocoso) hingegen ruft Fauré sich froh die Stimmung von La bonne chanson (1891/2) ins Gedächtnis, und das abschließende Notturno (das in der großen Serie von dreizehn Stücken wiederholt wird) bringt den Satz zu einem fließenden und gelösten Ausklang.

aus dem Begleittext von Bryce Morrison © 1995
Deutsch: Angelika Malbert

Recordings

Fauré: Piano Music
CDA67064
Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano
CDS44601/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Stephen Hough's French Album
CDA67890

Details

No 1: Capriccio in E flat major
Track 9 on CDA67064 [2'00]
Track 9 on CDS44601/4 CD3 [2'00] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 2: Fantaisie in A flat major
Track 10 on CDA67064 [2'04]
Track 10 on CDS44601/4 CD3 [2'04] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 3: Fugue in A minor
Track 11 on CDA67064 [2'17]
Track 11 on CDS44601/4 CD3 [2'17] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 4: Adagietto in E minor
Track 12 on CDA67064 [2'33]
Track 12 on CDS44601/4 CD3 [2'33] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 5: Improvisation in C sharp minor
Track 4 on CDA67890 [2'07]
Track 13 on CDA67064 [1'25]
Track 13 on CDS44601/4 CD3 [1'25] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 6: Fugue in E minor
Track 14 on CDA67064 [2'08]
Track 14 on CDS44601/4 CD3 [2'08] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 7: Allegresse in C major
Track 15 on CDA67064 [1'34]
Track 15 on CDS44601/4 CD3 [1'34] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 8: Nocturne No 8 in D flat major
Track 16 on CDA67064 [2'56]
Track 16 on CDS44601/4 CD3 [2'56] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA67064 track 14

Fugue in E minor
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-91314
Duration
2'08
Recording date
8 September 1994
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano (CDA66911/4)
    Disc 3 Track 14
    Release date: April 1995
    Deletion date: October 2013
    4CDs for the price of 3 — Superseded by CDS44601/4
  2. Fauré: Piano Music (CDA67064)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: February 1999
  3. Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano (CDS44601/4)
    Disc 3 Track 14
    Release date: May 2014
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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