Gabriel Fauré

Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    Beginning in the middle of the last half of the nineteenth century there appeared a number of exquisite French violin sonatas which share the elements of lovely melodies, elegant expression, tasteful and sincere emotionalism, and well-balanced forms, as well as occupying a special place in the repertoire and affections of violinists the world around. Franck, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Debussy, and Ravel are all contributors to this line of great sonatas.

    Fauré, in fact, contributed two such sonatas, separated by 40 years, of which this one is by far the best known, and may be said to have initiated the line. Florent Schmitt correctly wrote that its appearance "marks a red-letter day in the history of chamber music."

    Each movement has at least one achingly lovely lyrical theme. The passionate first theme is shared by both instruments (piano and violin are treated as partners throughout the work, rather than as soloist and accompaniment). The second movement, Andante, is reticent, almost shy, in character, with a fine melody for violin. The Scherzo is light-hearted in its outer sections, but lyricism returns in its central section, or "trio." Finally, the last movement is dramatic and emotional, yet even here there is an interlude with a lovely romantic theme.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro molto
    2. Andante
    3. Allegro vivo
    4. Allegro quasi presto

    Appears On

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    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4796220
    2016 BIS BIS 2183
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    2016 Accentus ACC 303713
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    2016 Sony Classical 88875192912
    2015 Music & Arts MACD 1282
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    2015 MSR Classics MS 1510
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    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon
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    2012 Music & Arts MA 1260
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099970490
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894779464
    2011 Opus KURA OPK 2095
    2011 Virgin Classics 5099907087523
    2011 Skarbo 41056
    2010 EMI Classics 6483322
    2010 Ars Musici 232405
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    2009 Decca
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