Gabriel Fauré

Papillon, for cello & piano, Op. 77

    Description by Adrian Corleonis

    "Butterfly or dungfly, call it what you like," Fauré wrote to his publisher, Hamelle, acceding at last to that worthy request to title a small piece for cello and piano, composed in 1884, Papillon. Impressed by the popularity -- and sales -- of Fauré's Élégie (1880), Hamelle had prodded the composer to produce a frankly virtuoso piece for cello. The upshot was slight, in terms both of duration and inspiration. In under three minutes, four rapid sections and a codetta flash by -- animated arpeggios for the cello leading into an expansive melody before the cello's brilliant opening returns, rippled by recollections of the central section, ascending suddenly to the tonic at the end. Startling, airy, and not without charm, Papillon is over before one grasps that the engaging shimmer is a mirage of no substance. The composer's recalcitrance regarding the title delayed publication until 1898. It immediately became, and has remained, one of Fauré's most often played pieces.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 18017
    2018 Erato 573653
    2018 Erato 573807
    2017 TYX Art TXA 17088
    2017 BIS BIS 2220
    2017 Genuin GEN 17458
    2016 Centaur Records CRC 3535
    2016 Alpha ALPHA 228
    2016 Dacapo 8224727
    2016 Claves
    2016 Claves 501604
    2015 Hungaroton HCD 32756
    2015 Sony Classical 88875103162
    2015 Sony Classical 88875103161
    2012 Marquis Records MAR 81427
    2012 Hyperion CDA 67872
    2011 Virgin Classics 5099907087523
    2011 Avi / CAvi-music AVI 8553230
    2011 Alpha / Alpha Productions ALPHA 600
    2010 EMI Classics 6483322
    2010 Naxos 8570545
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 509996886272
    2008 Naxos 8557889
    2008 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT070602
    2008 EMI Classics 501351
    2008 EMI Classics 2292152
    2008 Ambroisie AM 130
    2008 Arte Nova Classics 304680
    2007 Decca 4758566
    2005 Hungaroton 12574
    2005 Blue Saphir 1048
    2005 Doron Music 3045
    2004 Artek 15
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 585279
    2001 Summit Records 279
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 569261
    2000 Bongiovanni 5073
    1999 Calliope 9854
    1999 Channel Classics 10797
    1999 Opus 111 OPS30-242
    1999 Harmonia Mundi HMUK98 6003
    1998 Arte Nova / Arte Nova Classics 30468
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 697082
    1996 Orfeo 349951
    1996 Kontrapunkt 32220
    1995 RCA 68049
    1993 Bridge BCD9038
    1991 Erato 229245022
    1988 Hyperion 66235
    Forlane 16585
    Lyrinx 61
    EMI Classics 59061
    EMI Classics 14184
    EMI Music Distribution 62545
    Atma 9733
    Meridian Records 434825
    Hyperion 67184