The Colorful Life and Music of Gabriel Fauré

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

Comments [4]

Planinka Jurisic Atic from Maribor - Slovenia

Great, especially since they are among the selected audio recordings are also interpretations of my dear former student, Vladimir Valjarevic. Piano pieces by Faure he plays divine.

Jan. 17 2015 05:40 AM
winnifred lamptey from New York

I thought I'd just write to thank you for this delightful presentation. I have always adored Gabriel Faure; the delicate, subtle edge he contributes to the music world is not often exposed and I think features such as this brought to us by David Dubal becomes an extremely important addition to what so many of us enjoy in our daily appreciation of very good music.

Winnifred, New York

Sep. 28 2014 11:04 PM
Aurora from Bedford, NY

Thank you for this illuminating and touching program of Gabriel Faure's life and captivating piano music.
The selection of recordings was very lovely.

Sep. 25 2014 08:55 PM
Robert St.Onge from Cochiti Lake,NM

To the copy editor: Mme. Casadesus' first name is Gaby not 'Gabby' as in Hayes.

Sep. 25 2014 12:05 PM

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