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Track(s) taken from CDA67831

Après un rêve, Op 7 No 1

1877, Op 7 No 1, ‘À Mme Marguerite Baugnies’, Hamelle: First Collection p67, C minor (original key) 3/4 Andantino

Alban Gerhardt (cello), Cecile Licad (piano)
Recording details: June 2010
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: June 2011
Total duration: 3 minutes 16 seconds

Cover artwork: Photograph of Alban Gerhardt by Sim Canetty-Clarke


'[Gerhardt] and the superb Cecile Licad are wholly successful in this endeavour from the outset … he has created a well-contrasted programme … each work is presented with stylish devotion … this is cello playing of exquisite sophistication and bold imagination' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There is much more to an encore, as Alban Gerhardt will tell you, than casually capping a recital with an audience-pleaser … listen to Gerhardt in Benjamin Godard’s Berceuse de Jocelyn and there is a paradigm of the exceptional eloquence and discernment that distinguishes the entire disc' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Gerhardt's playing [is] less heart-on-sleeve than Casals's own, but wonderfully eloquent and noble: he can be extraordinarily moving in such once-familiar standards as the Berceuse from Godard's Jocelyn, or in Casals's arrangement of Chopin's Raindrop Prelude' (The Guardian)

'Let me not turn tedious with a list of Gerhardt's superior skills, his seamless legato, his command of bowing skills, his generous tone even at the top of the A string, his glowing burnished double stops in the Popper/Chopin Nocturne … it goes without saying, though I better say it, that the playing is immaculate from both players, the sequence of pieces on the CD is nicely contrasted' (International Record Review)
Gabriel Fauré composed songs throughout his long career, Après un rêve first appearing in print in 1878 as Op 7 No 1. Unfolding a seamless flowering of melodic invention, in Casals’ instantly famous arrangement from 1910 this becomes a glorious song without words.

from notes by Peter Avis © 2011

Gabriel Fauré a composé des mélodies tout au long de sa carrière; Après un rêve fut publiée en 1878 sous l’op. 7 no 1. Déployant un épanouissement continu d’invention mélodique, dans l’arrangement célèbre de Casals (1910) qui a connu d’emblée la célébrité, cette pièce devient un magnifique chant sans paroles.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Avis © 2011
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Gabriel Faurés Liedschaffen erstreckt sich über seine gesamte, lange Laufbahn; Après un rêve war 1878 als op. 7 Nr. 1 im Druck erschien. Mit seinem ungebrochenen Fluss sprießender melodischer Erfindung wird es in Casals’ Bearbeitung von 1910, die auf Anhieb Berühmtheit erlangte, zu einem prächtigen Lied ohne Worte.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Avis © 2011
Deutsch: Arne Muus

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