|Artist||Paul Crossley - piano|
|Reviews||"Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) composed Melodies, chamber music, orchestras and choral works. Some of his piano compositions, composed between 1860 and 1920, belong to his best known work. His main piano works are the nocturnes, barcarolles, impromptu's and The Valse Caprices. These were composed in several decades and show Fauré's Style, simple and youthful charm, about the introspective of the turbulent period in the middle of his life, to his last mysterious style. Other noteworthy piano pieces, including shorter works or compilations, are the "Romances Sans Paroles", the Ballade in Fis, Mazurka in Si Bémol, Theme and Variations in C and the eight "Pièces Brèves". In front of Pianoduo composed Fauré the "Dolly Suite" and together with his friend and former student Andre Messager, the exuberant parody at Wagner "Souvenir de Bayreuth". Most of the piano music is hard to play, but is rarely pronounced virtuoso. The composer loved rather of classical and sober restraint. Pianist Paul Crossley realizes this as no others do." www.stretto.be|
Fauré: The Complete Piano Works
Paul Crossley has appeared on more than 50 releases including the complete solo piano music of Franck, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Janacek , Tippett and Takemitsu and has won maj or recording awards including the Diapason d’Or for the complete solo piano works of Fauré, Ravel and Tippett recording.