Related Reviews
Fanfare
'No genuine Fauré maven will want to be without this album.'
more >>
International Record Review
'...it’s a fascinating insight into an important educational workshop, and assured performances from Freeman-Attwood and Howat also make it a musical experience in its own right. The recorded sound is in the usual Linn top-drawer league.'
more >>
BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...they embody the deceptively easygoing lyricism of Fauré's songs, making this an unexpected treasure trove of his melodic invention.'
more >>
Gramophone
'Freeman-Attwood has a warm timbre and he phrases the often simple melodic lines appealingly, catching their stylistic differences admirably...The result is a most attractive anthology, naturally balanced and recorded.'
more >>
MusicWeb International
'An interesting and well executed première performance.'
more >>
Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'Rightly describing the pieces as 'exquisite', [Jonathan Freeman-Attwood] brings them to life with an assured lyrical panache that left this listener lamenting the fact that Fauré never wrote a substantial solo work for trumpet during his lifetime.'
more >>
The Times
4 Stars
'fascinating'
more >>
AllMusic
'Jonathan Freeman-Attwood's quiet, direct approach on the trumpet is just right. Recommended for Fauré lovers.'
more >>

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - Faure - Buffalo News


29 August 2014
Buffalo News
Mary Kunz Goldman

Here is a rarity. As the notes begin, "Not often does the opportunity arise to publish over 30 hitherto unknown pieces by a major composer from a century ago." The good news is, the composer is Gabriel Faure. The bad news is, this isn't music that will change the world. The "Vocalises" were little teaching pieces that Faure threw together, often on scraps of music paper, to serve as sight-reading tests at the Paris Conservatoire. You have to love how the liner notes sell it to us. The Vocalises, they say, "offer a rare glimpse into a composer's busy working life. ... Some were probably dashed off during busy weeks in the office; some suggest a sudden inspiration taking Faure by surprise ... Once tidied up, these complete drafts were then used by the Conservatoire's official copyist to prepare tidy scores for exam candidates and juries to read from." Ha, ha! It sounds like a joke out of P.D.Q. Bach. The music, though, is happily better. They take surprise twists and turns, which makes sense considering they were supposed to put students through their paces. They are pleasant, graceful and individual, if sometimes sharply truncated. Many of them do amount to good music. Thanks be to composers who make learning pleasant and poetic. With these pieces, Faure joins this fellowship, which reaches from Chopin and his etudes and Mozart and his oddly poignant learners' sonatas down through Clementi and Czerny. To complete the disc, Freeman-Attwood and pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar collaborate in music by composers including Couperin, Chabrier, Rameau and Faure. 


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Daniel-Ben PienaarDaniel-Ben Pienaar
Jonathan Freeman-AttwoodJonathan Freeman-Attwood
Roy HowatRoy Howat
Faure: Lydia’s VocalisesFaure: Lydia’s Vocalises