Gabriel Fauré Works concertantesGabriel Fauré
Violon, violoncelle, flûte, piano & orchestre

Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, violin
Henri Demarquette, cello
Juliette Hurel, flute
Jérôme Ducros, piano

Orchestre de Bretagne
Moshe Arzmon, conductor

Timpani, 2009

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This recording has not a clear title and Violon, violoncelle, flûte, piano & orchestre just give you an idea of what it contains rather than delimit it. The compositions recollected here are rarely performed together and include:

Ballade for piano and orchestra, op. 19 (1881), that the young Fauré presented to Franz Liszt, who judged it too difficult to play, even if this was one of the pieces that Fauré played more often during his lifetime;
Berceuse for violin and orchestra, op. 16 (1880), which met immediate success in its piano version and that was arranged for orchestra by Philippe Gaubert in 1913;
Elegie, Op. 24 (1883-1897);
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 (1878-1879), unfinished. Fauré completed only two movements. This is the most interesting piece of the album, since it is unpublished before;
Romance for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 69 (1894);
Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra, op. 79 (1898) arranged for orchestra by Louis Albert in 1957;
Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, op. 111 (1918), dedicated to Alfred Cortot, first interpreter in 1919.

The recording is delicious as a whole and presents a collection of elegant pieces. The excellent Orchestre de Bretagne by Moshe Arzmon, joined by four soloists (Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian, Henri Demarquette, Juliette Hurel and Jérôme Ducros) plays with grace and excellence and approaches with pleasure the listener to these uncommon compositions. The Concerto for violin and orchestra, in particular, is really amazing and the shorter Berceuse and the longer Fantaisie for piano and orchestra are extremely nice too.

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