The Colorful Life and Music of Gabriel Fauré

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Gabriel Fauré was a composer of subtlety and imagination who helped throw open the doors of the Paris Conservatory to the sounds of modernism. Throughout his life, he composed piano works that bore his signature melodic warmth and harmonic sophistication.

On this first of two hours devoted to Fauré, David Dubal recounts some of the milestones in the composer's colorful life: discovering his mentor Camille Saint-Saens; his service in the Franco-Prussian War; his tenure at the Madeleine Church; his unlikely rise to the directorship of the Paris Conservatory

The program includes portions of his popular Dolly Suite, performances by the preeminent interpreter Robert Casadesus and one of Vladimir Horowitz's rare foray into the composer's repertoire.

Program playlist (all selections by Gabriel Fauré):

Nocturne No. 2 in B Op 33, No. 2
Samson Francois, piano

Fugue in A minor Op. 3
Vladmir Valjarevic, piano

Prelude in D flat Op. 103 No. 1
Robert Casadesus, piano

Prelude in G minor Op. 103 No. 3
Robert Casadesus, piano

Prelude in D minor Op. 103 No. 5
Robert Casadesus, piano

Valse Caprice Op. 38 No. 2
Grant Johanneson, piano

Dolly Suite  Op. 56 "Tendresse"
Robert/Gabby Casadesus, piano

Dolly Suite  Op. 56 "Mi-a-ou"
Robert/Gabby Casadesus, piano

Nocturne No. 13, Op. 119 in B minor
Vladimir Horowitz, piano