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Impromptu No 3 in A flat major, Op 34


The enchanting Third Impromptu was composed at more or less the same time as the first three Nocturnes and is almost a perpetuum mobile. Beginning in A flat and modulating with dazzling virtuosity through related keys, such minor harmonic clouds as try to impede its progress are but the shadows of shadows and soon swept away in the infectious gaiety of its impetuous semiquavers.

from notes by Ted Perry © 1999

L’enchanteur Troisième impromptu fut composé grosso modo à la même époque que les trois premiers nocturnes. Cette pièce, qui est presque un mouvement perpétuel, débute en la bémol et module avec une virtuosité époustouflante via des tonalités connexes; les nuages harmoniques mineurs qui tentent d’entraver sa progression ne sont que les ombres des ombres, bientôt balayés par la gaieté contagieuse de ses doubles croches impétueuses.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ted Perry © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Das zauberhafte Dritte Impromptu wurde mehr oder weniger um dieselbe Zeit wie die ersten drei Nocturnes komponiert und ist beinahe ein perpetuum mobile. Es beginnt in As-Dur und moduliert mit verblüffender Virtuosität durch verwandte Tonarten, und was sich an kleinen harmonischen Wolken zusammenzubrauen versucht, um sein Vorankommen zu behindern, sind bloße die Schatten eines Schattens und werden bald von der ansteckenden Fröhlichkeit seiner ungestümen Sechzehntel hinweggefegt.

aus dem Begleittext von Ted Perry © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Fauré: Piano Music
Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano
CDS44601/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)


Track 18 on CDA67064 [4'34]
Track 3 on CDS44601/4 CD1 [4'34] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66911/4 disc 1 track 3

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 1 Track 3
    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    4CDs for the price of 3 — Superseded by CDS44601/4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 18
    Release date: February 1999
  3. Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano (CDS44601/4)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: May 2014
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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