Re: Neglected Faure
Posted by Chris Howell on November 6, 2015, 7:39 am, in reply to "Neglected Faure"
It all depends on what you call neglected. From the point of view of a pianist busy recording all Stanford's piano music (2nd volume coming out now), Fauré looks like standard repertoire to me. |
No doubt you are right in saying that "Croshaw's forthcoming Faure disc is one of the few available which has the piano only version of the Ballade", but then, my discs (those available and those forthcoming) are the only ones available at all of most of the music. MusicWeb reviewers John France, Rob Barnett and Jonathan Woolf certainly seem to think that the first volume, at least, is worth while.
I dearly love Fauré, both to listen to and to play, and if somebody had said to me, "Why not record Fauré rather than Stanford?", my answer would have been "I'd love to, but he's not neglected, there are several excellent complete cycles and numerous versions of individual pieces, I can make a more useful contribution to the recorded repertoire by recording an important composer, only a few of whose pieces have been recorded by others".
No intended disrespect to Christine Croshaw, but if her intention is to explore the neglected, then how about a complete Moscheles or a complete Dussek cycle? Has there been a complete Hummel on disc? I'm not sure. Come to that, I'm not even sure about really complete Saint-Saens or Weber piano cycles, I don't remember any, but you'd think there must be. Maybe some reader knows about this. Complete Czerny? Probably not a good idea, but a careful selection of the best might run to several discs.