The Suite op. 80 which Faure‚ himself put together and orchestrated is quite rightly called his symphonic masterwork. Here, as again in the Prelude to his only complete opera, Penelope, one can experience the ecstatic, romantic, and – at the same time – refined and delicately woven musical language which often appears somewhat melancholy and veiled. His arching melodies, frequently inspired by Gregorian chant, are tinged with an archaic charm which is also to be found (though less obviously) in his suite Masques et bergamasques. Ernest Ansermet is in his element here conducting the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande who follow their founder’s every wish and let the colours on the composer’s palette shine out with delicate brilliance. Debussy’s Petite Suite is a fitting work to complement Faur‚’s little-known symphonic aspect. This recording is like a precious gem and deserves a place on every collector’s shelf.
Recording: February 1961 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace/Production: James Walker
Date of Release: February 1999
2. La Fileuse
3. Malto adagio
PENELOPE – Prelude
MASQUES ET BERGAMASQUES, Op. 112
1. En Bateau