Gabriel Fauré and the belle époque Parisian Salon

Published: Jul 17 2021

The salon was an important environment for the Parisian artist, philosopher, poet, socialite and musician during the belle époque. A dapper young composer with a charismatic moustache could really rub elbows with the right people at these events.

Follow Fauré through three important salons, hosted by three important women: Countess Greffühle, Pauline Viardot and Princesse Polignac. As Fauré and his cohort of composers were shaping the sound of the day, these women were creating the fertile environment that allowed this flourishing of culture, and they were doing it in the most glamourous way.

This episode features the following recordings:

  • Gabriel FAURÉ | Nocturne No 5 in B-flat, Op 37. Performed by Jean Martin. Naxos.

  • Gabriel FAURÉ | Pavane, Op 50. Performed by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under Keith Clark. Naxos.

  • Gabriel FAURÉ | Fantaisie for Flute, Op 79. Performed by Mathieu Dufour and Kuang-Hao Huang. Cedille.

  • Pauline VIARDOT | Des Nachts, VWV1056. Performed by Miriam Alexandra and Eric Schneider. Oehms Classics.

  • Gabriel FAURÉ | Violin Sonata N 1 in A, Op 13. Performed by Dong-Suk Kang and Pascal Devoyon. Naxos.

  • Gabriel FAURÉ | Nocturne No 4 in E-flat, Op 36. Performed by Jean Martin. Naxos.

  • Gabriel FAURÉ | Nocturne No 5 in B-flat, Op 37. Performed by Jean Martin. Naxos.

  • Frederic CHOPIN | Mazurka No 41 in C-sharp minor, Op 63 No 3. Performed by Idil Biret.

  • Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART | “Di scrivermi ogni giorno” from Cosi fan tutte, K588. Performed by Joanna Borowska, Priti Coles, John Dickie, Andrea Martin, Peter Mikulas, Rohangiz Yachmi, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus and Cappella Istropolitana under Johannes Wildner.

  • Gabriel FAURÉ | “Mandoline” from Cinq melodies ‘de Venise’, Op 58 No 1. Performed by Marilyn Schmiege and Donald Sulzen. Orfeo.

  • Gabriel FAURÉ | Nocturne No 2 in B, Op 33 No 2. Performed by Jean Martin.

  • The Programme Notes title music is a collage of the endings of Béla Bartók's six string quartets.

Written by Hamish Robb

Presented by Clarissa Dunn

Produced by Elliot Vaughan

for Chamber Music New Zealand