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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
Buy by post £22.00 CDS44601/4  4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
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 CDA66911/4 disc 2 track 14
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-91214
Duration
14'09
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 2 Track 14
    Release date: April 1995
    Deletion date: October 2013
    4CDs for the price of 3 — Superseded by CDS44601/4
  2. Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano (CDS44601/4)
    Disc 2 Track 14
    Release date: May 2014
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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