Fauré Piano Quartet

Monday, February 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

The Fauré Quartet’s members met in 1995, while studying in Karlsruhe for the 150th anniversary of Gabriel Fauré’s birth . In 2006, they were signed to a recording contract by Deutsche Grammophon, raising them to the pinnacle of the classic music world. They have made highly regarded, benchmark recordings of works by Mozart, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.

In 2010, the Fauré received the ECHO Classic award for their album “Classic Beyond Borders.” Their 2008 recording of Brahms’ piano quartets was named Chamber Music Recording of the Year. The Fauré’s 2014 concert on our series is considered to be one of the best here in the past decade.

Piano Quartet No. 1, “Echo und Narziss” – Volker David Kirchner

Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 45 – Gabriel Fauré

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 – Johannes Brahms

  • A pupil of Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré’s influence on the direction and perception of French music is inestimable. He was a peer of the best composers of his time and a teacher of France’s next generation, including Maurice Ravel and Nadia Boulanger. The Los Angeles Philharmonic program guide notes, “To anyone unprepared for a passionate Fauré, the temperamental eruption with which his Second Piano Quartet opens is a genuine ear-opener.” This performance complements the Quartet’s interpretation of Fauré’s Piano Quartet No.1 at their 2014 concert here.
  • Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 was composed in 1861 and was the first of his chamber works that he performed publicly. It has remained a staple of the concert repertoire ever since. The Fauré played Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2 at their concert here in 2014.