Gabriel Fauré

Le secret ("Je veux que le matin l'ignore le nom"), song for voice & piano in D flat major, Op. 23/3

    Description by Adrian Corleonis

    The scant thirty-four bars of Fauré's Le secret (1880 - 81) unfold with an adagio chordal accompaniment over which hovers an incantatory melody, like smoke from the censer evoked in the central climactic lines of Armand Silvestre's Parnassian poem:

    I want the day to proclaim it,

    The love that I hid in the morning,

    And over my open heart, poised,

    Like a grain of incense, to inflame it

    The formal solemnity of the text is rippled with barely suppressed excitement, which Fauré expresses with serenely anxious modulations whose hymnic rapture expresses at once secrecy, sacredness, and, in its octave rise to "penché / Comme un grain d'encens," a triumphant proclamation. Where the opening wavers between major and lydian modality, the final pianissimo verse achieves unambiguous closure in the key of F major. While the song is technically undemanding, Fauré's subtle translation of the poem's conceit into pure music garlanded with exquisite vocal inflections calls for an interpretive artist of the first order. Small wonder that specialists of the mélodie so often include it in their programs.

    Le secret was first sung by bass André Quirot at a concert of the Société Nationale de Musique on January 6, 1883.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 ATMA Classique ACD 2741
    2018 ATMA Classique ACD 23020
    2018 Erato 573807
    2017 Naxos 8573619
    2017 Warner Classics 0190295886714
    2017 ATMA Classique ACD 22754
    2017 Signum Classics SIGCD 472
    2016 Sony Classical 88875192912
    2015 Hyperion CDA 67962
    2014 OSJ Alive OSJCD 01
    2013 Naïve V 5343
    2011 Quartz QTZ 2072
    2011 Decca
    2010 Newton Classics 8802007
    2009 Tudor Records 7067
    2009 Musicaction 1584
    2008 ATMA Classique ACD 23002
    2006 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution 53257
    2005 Angel Records / EMI Classics 724355672827
    2005 Hyperion 67335
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 86311
    2005 Berlin Classics 0017582
    2004 RCA Red Seal 55303
    2002 Virgin Classics 562059
    2002 Cambria 1127
    2001 Malibran Music 169
    2001 Deutsche Grammophon 469268
    1999 Pearl 9095
    1999 RTVE Classics 65021
    1999 ATMA Classique 22176
    1999 Testament SBT0132
    1999 Testament 3161
    1998 Koch International Classics 7412
    1997 D'Note 1019
    1997 RCA Victor 68659
    1996 Valois 4747
    1996 Nonesuch 79371
    1994 Virgin 545053
    1993 Hyperion 66320
    1990 EMI Music Distribution 49841
    Nimbus 5396
    Philips 420775
    Accord 204602
    INA Memoire Vive 038
    Music Chamber
    Dutton Vocalion 9756