℗ 2024 Nonesuch Records Inc.
Released May 10, 2024
Duration 42m 49s
Record Label Nonesuch
Genre Jazz
 

Après Fauré

Brad Mehldau

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1.1
Nocturne No. 13 in B Minor, Op. 119 (1921)
Brad Mehldau
6:28
1.2
Nocturne No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 36 (c. 1884)
Brad Mehldau
6:39
1.3
Nocturne No. 12 in E Minor, Op. 107 (1915)
Brad Mehldau
6:20
1.4
Prelude
Brad Mehldau
3:31
1.5
Caprice
Brad Mehldau
3:40
1.6
Nocturne
Brad Mehldau
2:43
1.7
Vision
Brad Mehldau
2:03
1.8
Nocturne No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 74 (1898)
Brad Mehldau
8:39
Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 45 (c. 1887)  
1.9
III. Adagio non troppo (Extract)
Brad Mehldau
2:46
On Après Fauré, Mehldau performs four nocturnes, from a thirty-seven-year span of Gabriel Fauré’s career, as well as a reduction of an excerpt from the Adagio movement of his Piano Quartet in G Minor. Here Mehldau’s four compositions that Fauré inspired are presented in a group, bookended by two sections featuring the French composer’s work. “If the sublime foreshadows our mortality, this music might communicate the austerity of death—Fauré’s as it approached him, but also the apprehension of our own. We find a kinship with the composer finally, in the form of a question that he tossed off into the future, to us. I have composed four pieces to accompany Fauré’s music here, to share the way I have engaged with Fauré’s question, with you, the listener. This format is similar to my After Bach project. The connections are less overt, but Fauré’s harmonic imprint is on all four. There is also a textural influence, in terms of how he presented his musical material pianistically—he exploited the instrument’s sonority masterfully, as an expressive means. So, for example, in my first ‘Prelude,’ melody is welded to a continuous arpeggiation, both part of it and hovering above it; in my ‘Nocturne,’ it is possible to hear the harkening chordal approach in the opening of Fauré’s No. 12.” - Brad Mehldau
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Nonesuch Studio Masters
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Nocturne No. 13 in B Minor, Op. 119 (1921)
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Nocturne No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 36 (c. 1884)
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Nocturne No. 12 in E Minor, Op. 107 (1915)
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Prelude
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Caprice
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Nocturne
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Vision
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Nocturne No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 74 (1898)
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III. Adagio non troppo (Extract)

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