Jean-Phillipe Collard has recorded the complete works of Gabriel Fauré released on 23/03/2010 by Brilliant Classics.
A Frenchman performing the music of a French composer? What could be more desirable, perfect… especially if the Frenchman is Jean-Phillipe Collard and the composer Gabriel Fauré.
Collard proves himself to be the consummate musician in his performances of this complex, elusive and challenging music. Technique there is in abundance. The listener can hear every note carefully assessed and beautifully articulated. Throughout, he shows a ‘naturalness’ with the harmonic language, the enharmonic shifts so typical of Fauré and which serve as the building blocks of his musical structures. The long lines of melodic material, often divided between the hands are lovingly rendered and played with a full cantabile.
Tone overall is warm and Romantic, never dry and brittle even in fast tempi. His range of dynamic levels is generous, with full power when needed equalled by a delicacy of touch as the music dictates. The imaginative pedalling suffuses the texture with gorgeous colour and tone where appropriate and the phrasing breathes so subtly and naturally… this is Collard’s world.
He understands it. He lives it. He breathes it. He captures completely the Proustian air and the sensuousness of the poetry of Mallarmé. It is all here. He successfully illuminates the music with its heady atmosphere of the fin de siècle and the beginning of the exciting 20th century in Paris.
To capture the underlying sensuality, delirious passion, innocence and throughout, even in the early works, that sense of brooding, disconsolate darkness which pervades overall is the greatest challenge for the performer of Fauré’s piano music.
Jean-Phillipe Collard is this music. He captures the passion and poetry and allows us to be transported to another time and place, a place of the soul.
That was Fauré’s great gift to the world. He wrote from the dictates of his heart in a language he understood and never deviated from all his life.
If you have never listened to Fauré’s piano music these recordings will transport you to a place of great beauty. Allow yourself to travel there and become immersed in the loveliness of it all.
A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Professor John Luxton is a celebrated pianist, associate artist, lecturer and competition juror with a wealth of musical experience. As a performer his repertoire encompasses works from the Baroque to the 20th century, including many works dedicated to him. He is recognised for his performances of Beethoven as well as the French repertoire for which he was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et les Lettres in 2008. For more information on John, click here.