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Track(s) taken from CDA67335

Shylock, Op 57


Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: August 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Release date: July 2005
Total duration: 3 minutes 49 seconds


'Recording and presentation are the stuff of dreams. Hyperion has done Fauré proud' (Gramophone)

'The songs certainly show Fauré to possess a far wider expressive range than an acquaintance with just a handful of his best-known examples would suggest … the gem of the set has to be Christopher Maltman's traversal of the substantial cycle La bonne chanson. The baritone's rich, subtly shaded tone and alert sensitivity to text prove ideal in this perfectly judged performance' (BBC Music Magazine)

'No other disc, I imagine, has ever managed to be quite so scholarly and quite so erotic at the same time' (The Guardian)
Shylock is a ‘comédie en trois actes et sept tableaux’ by Edmond Haraucourt (1856–1941); this ‘drame adapté de Shakespeare’ (from The Merchant of Venice) was given its first performance in Paris at the Théâtre national de l’Odéon on 17 December 1889. Fauré had written the incidental music (dedicated ‘À M. Paul Porel’ – Porel was director of the Théatre de l’Odéon and had invited Fauré to provide incidental music to Dumas’ Caligula in 1888) during a busy summer: he had sat for his portrait by Sargent, he had composed the Offertorium from the Requiem, played host to the visiting Glazunov in Paris, and his son Philippe was born in July. Two of the Shylock numbers are songs which appeared separately in the third Hamelle recueil.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2005

«Comédie en trois actes et sept tableaux» d’Edmond Haraucourt (1856–1941), Shylock, «drame adapté de Shakespeare» (du Marchand de Venise), fut créé à Paris, au Théâtre National de l’Odéon, le 17 décembre 1889. Fauré en avait écrit la musique de scène (dédiée «À M. Paul Porel», directeur du Théâtre de l’Odéon qui avait déjà invité Fauré à signer la musique de scène du Caligula de Dumas, en 1888) lors d’un été fort occupé: il avait posé pour son portrait par Sargent, composé l’offertoire du Requiem, accueilli Glazounov en visite à Paris, et était devenu le père d’un petit Philippe en juillet. Deux des numéros de Shylock sont des mélodies qui parurent séparément dans le troisième recueil de Hamelle.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2005
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