GUILET QUARTET ET AL Fauré: Chamber Music Volume 1 – PACM059

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GUILET QUARTET ET AL Fauré: Chamber Music Volume 1 – PACM059

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Overview

FAURÉ String Quartet in E minor, Op. 121
FAURÉ Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 108

Recorded 1951/52
Total duration: 45:22

Gaby Casadesus, piano
Members of the Guilet Quartet

David Soyer, Cello
Leopold Mittman,
Piano



This set contains the following albums:

Presenting Gabriel Fauré at his very finest

First in a Fauré series remastered by Peter Harrison


In Summer, 1953, the Nixa Record Company issued two LPs of Fauré's chamber music and this re-release has been sourced from an original pressing of one of those two discs (the other is intended for next month's release).

Copies of the discs are rare, so the restorer has to work from what he has. Like many such LPs, the pressing quality is indifferent and the disc itself badly worn in places (by the 8 gram 'lightweight' pickups of the time!) and with a huge amount of clicking and swishing which needed considerable work to minimise.

Some residue may still be heard on critical listening; but I think that the artistic performances justify the re-release and I'd urge anyone who isn't familiar with these musical by-ways to give them a try: they're pieces that are well worth getting to know.

- PMH


FAURÉ Quartet No. 1 for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 15
FAURÉ Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 117

Recorded late 1951 (?) early 1952 by Polymusic
First issued, 1952, in USA on Polymusic 1007
First issued, 1953, in UK by Nixa Record Company Ltd on QLP 4007
Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Peter Harrison

Total duration: 45:22

Gaby Casadesus, piano
Members of the Guilet Quartet:
Daniel Guilet,
Violin
William Schoen,
Viola
David Soyer,
Cello

David Soyer, Cello
Leopold Mittman,
Piano