Faure: Piano Quartet No. 1 [Kunsbacka Trio, Philip Dukes] [Naxos: 8573042]
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Gabriel Fauré's musical language bridges a gap between the romanticism of the 19th century and the new worlds of music which appeared in the 20th, employing subtle harmonic changes and a gift for melody to combine innovation with an entirely personal idiom. His First Piano Quartet
is filled with characteristic French colour and lyricism, and the Piano Trio in D minor
is a late work whose musical language is familiar from his songs. Both the Pavane
and the popular Sicilienne
express nostalgia for earlier times, and the short Pièce
has great simplicity and charm.