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Ballade pour piano seul, Op 19
composer
1877/9; dedicated to Saint-Saëns

Recordings
'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 14 on CDS44601/4 CD2 [14'09] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Ballade pour piano seul, Op 19
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It was Liszt who found the Ballade pour piano seul (1879) ‘too difficult’, referring to the version for solo piano before its later transformation in a more popular and lucid version for piano and orchestra. Presumably he meant that the writing was intricate without being virtuosic, that the material was too fragile and exquisite for public consumption. Even Liszt, a dazzlingly perceptive and generous critic, must have been baffled by the presence of so many difficulties in a piece unlikely to win prolonged plaudits. Meanwhile Debussy’s dismissal of the Ballade as ‘about as erotic as a woman’s loose shoulder-strap’ says more about his own insecurity than about one of Fauré’s most charming pieces: a reminder of halcyon, half-remembered summer days and bird-haunted forests.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 1995

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Details for CDA67875 track 18
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-87518
Duration
15'07
Recording date
14 August 2012
Recording venue
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
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  1. Fauré: Piano Music (CDA67875)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: September 2013
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