Gabriel Fauré

Les berceaux, song for voice & piano in B flat minor, Op. 23/1

    Description by Anne Feeney

    Gabriel Fauré's "Les berceaux," Op. 23/1 (1879), a setting of a poem by Sully Prudhomme, uses a flowing melodic line in the vocal part and a characteristic accompaniment in the piano to evoke the movement of both ships and of cradles (berceaux), linking the two together in motion and emotion.

    The poem describes large ships rocked by the water and cradles rocked by women: "But the day of farewells will come, because women must weep, and curious men must dare the lure of the horizon." But though ships carry men away from their cradles, the ships sense, and are momentarily held back by, the soul of the cradles.

    The song opens with the lulling motion of arpeggios in the piano bass line, underpinning a soothing, quietly sung vocal line. At the line "But the day of farewells will come, " a crescendo slowly builds to a forte climax on "dare the lure of the horizon." The piano leads the way back to the more flowing sprit of the opening, ending the song in the tone in which it began.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 ATMA Classique ACD 2741
    2018 ATMA Classique ACD 23020
    2018 Outhere Music OMF 703
    2018 Erato 573807
    2016 Bongiovanni GB 25682
    2016 La Dolce Volta LDV 29
    2016 Signum Classics SIGCD 427
    2016 Sony Classical 88875192912
    2015 Orlando Records OR 0019
    2015 Skarbo DSK 4158
    2015 Willowhayne Records WLW 19736
    2014 ABC Classics 4765328
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon 4792465
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon
    2013 Newton Classics 8802214
    2012 Decca 4783662
    2012 Bridge BRIDGE 9364
    2012 Naïve V 5311
    2012 Onyx Classics ONYX 4102
    2011 Naïve V 5250
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099909442
    2011 Divox 49802
    2010 Newton Classics 8802007
    2009 Gall (formerly Gallo) 1270
    2009 Tudor Records 7067
    2009 Danacord / DanaCord 689
    2009 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution 5099922895622
    2009 Decca
    2009 Decca 4781149
    2008 EMI Classics 2292152
    2008 EMI Classics 501759
    2008 ATMA Classique ACD 23002
    2008 Dynamic 583
    2007 Claves 502609
    2007 Fuga Libera FUG 510
    2007 Gallo 1211
    2007 Divine Art 25040
    2007 Decca 4758371
    2006 EMI Classics 46443
    2005 Dutton Vocalion 9749
    2005 Hyperion CDA67333
    2005 Angel Records / EMI Classics 724355672827
    2005 Blue Saphir 1007
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 57609
    2004 Cascavelle 3067
    2003 Afka 436
    2003 Decca 1092
    2003 Challenge Records 72117
    2003 Skarbo 4012
    2003 Philips 000017902
    2002 Sony Classical 89791
    2002 Centaur Records CRC2795
    2001 Cypres Records 1627
    2001 Deutsche Grammophon 469268
    2000 EMI Music Distribution / Erato 7243545360
    1999 Pearl 9919
    1999 Marston 52018
    1999 Chandos 9304
    1999 ATMA Classique 22176
    1999 Testament SBT0132
    1998 Koch International Classics 7412
    1997 Channel Classics 8295
    1997 Biddulph Recordings 35
    1997 Delos 5502
    1996 Valois 4747
    1995 Philips 446560
    1994 ASV CDWHL 2078
    1994 Symposium 1101
    1993 Hyperion 66320
    1993 Pearl 9948
    1990 EMI Music Distribution 49841
    1990 Albany Music Distribution 048
    1987 Hyperion 66165
    Nimbus 5396
    Philips 420775
    Accord 204602
    EPM 984562
    RCA 7807
    Crystal Records Dist. 770
    Centaurus Classics
    Franz Rothe
    Dutton Vocalion 9756