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Nocturne No 13 in B minor, Op 119
composer
December 1921

Recordings
'Fauré: Piano Music' (CDA67064)
Fauré: Piano Music
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'Fauré: Piano Music' (CDA67875)
Fauré: Piano Music
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'Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano' (CDS44601/4)
Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano
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Details
Track 17 on CDA67064 [6'44]
Track 22 on CDS44601/4 CD4 [6'44] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Nocturne No 13 in B minor, Op 119
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Written in 1921, three years before fauré’s death, the tragic despair of the Thirteenth Nocturne shares its depth of feeling with few other works in the piano repertoire. Certainly nothing like this was written by Debussy or Ravel, and only in the last pages of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart or Bach can parallels be found to its austere heartbreak. The work can be regarded as autobiographical. For the last few years of his life the composer suffered from a distressing hearing defect which caused him to hear distortion in the higher frequencies of the sound spectrum. Knowing this, the chains of suspensions which open this last Nocturne take on an added significance. (One is reminded of the last movement of Smetana’s Quartet ‘From my life’ where the piercing high E of the violin symbolizes the sound he heard in his head; he suffered from tinnitus.) The piece as a whole is filled with a feeling of regret and valediction, with a vehement and angry middle section rising to a climax of the greatest fury. Because one knows and loves Fauré for his understating of such feelings, the unmistakable note of despair which this reveals is all the more affecting. It ends on a note of utter resignation, the music of a man on the threshold of death. This music does not reveal its secrets easily and at first may appear arid and academic. But the essence of Fauré is in it, and not until one has entered its tragic world can one truly be said to understand him.

from notes by Ted Perry © 1999

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Details for CDA67064 track 17
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-91422
Duration
6'44
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 4 Track 22
    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 17
    Release date: February 1999
  3. Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano (CDS44601/4)
    Disc 4 Track 22
    Release date: May 2014
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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