Jean-Philippe Collard

Fauré: Complete Piano Works

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Listeners looking for a collection of the complete piano music of French late Romantic Gabriel Fauré could not do better than this four-disc set by pianist Jean-Philippe Collard. Everything is here, from the well-known ballade and nocturnes through the less well-known barcarolles and impromptus to the nearly unknown Souvenirs de Bayreuth. And everything is beautifully, soulfully, and even powerfully realized. Mid-20th century French pianist Collard has vastly better physical technique than earlier pianists like Cortot and hugely deeper emotional equipment than later pianists like Thibaudet. Together with Collard's manifest commitment to and affection for the music, this makes for a superlative set. Collard not only grasps the subtleties of Fauré's thought and feelings, but he knows how to express them so the music rings true. This is a particularly tough trick to pull off in Fauré since the composer's music is famously passionate as well as infamously elusive, and most pianists overemphasize the former and neglect the latter altogether. Collard brilliantly balances the two, making this set appealing not only the first time through but on multiple hearings. Recorded in lush stereo sound, this set belongs in every representative collection of Fauré's music.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:49
2 7:20
Thème et variations in C sharp minor, Op. 73
3 2:10
4 1:02
5 0:46
6 0:42
7 0:49
8 0:54
9 2:05
10 0:51
11 1:37
12 1:31
13 1:03
14 2:50
15 14:39
Préludes, Op. 103
16 3:34
17 2:12
18 3:50
19 1:43
20 2:52
21 2:54
22 2:41
23 1:10
24 2:54

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:34
2 6:30
3 7:24
4 3:47
5 6:01
6 3:24
7 3:01
8 3:20
9 3:59
10 2:55
11 3:56
12 3:01
13 3:24
14 3:40
15 4:05
16 4:44
17 5:27
18 2:12

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:25
2 6:41
3 6:55
4 6:22
8 Pièces Brèves, Op. 84
5 1:51
6 1:49
7 2:32
8 3:05
9 1:21
10 2:45
11 1:30
12 3:01
13 6:24
3 Romances sans Paroles
14 1:33
15 2:39
16 1:50
Dolly Suite, for Piano Four-Hands, Op. 56
17 2:36
18 1:49
19 2:05
20 2:12
21 3:14
22 2:07
23 4:13
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