• Gabriel Fauré

    Lydia´s Vocalises

    Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

    Lydia´s Vocalises 1 cd CKD 488
    Linn Records

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This is the world-premiere recording of Fauré's complete vocalises, a thirty-strong collection which has not seen the light of day in over a hundred years.

Written when Fauré was Director of the Paris Conservatoire, these exquisite vignettes find new life in this performance by a fellow director, the Royal Academy of Music's Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood. Originally ordered by increasing technical challenge Jonathan instead orders the pieces by the music's varied ‘affects' and aptly places them in a context central to Fauré.

Jonathan is accompanied by pianist Roy Howat, who is uniquely qualified in this role, having edited the newly discovered vocalises with Emily Kilpatrick for publication in 2013. Fauré: Lydia's Vocalises includes several bonus French works - which also started life as works for instruments other than trumpet and piano - originally featured on the albums La Trompette Retrouvée and Trumpet Masque accompanied and arranged by Daniel-Ben Pienaar.