Faure Piano Quintet No.2 – General

Faure’s Piano Quartets and Piano Quintes and Other Major Piano Quintets

Composer

Works

Composed

First Performance

Schumann

Piano Quintet Op.44

1842

1843

Brahms

Piano Quintet Op.34

1861-64

1868

Faure

Piano Quartet No.1 Op.15

1876-79

1880

Franck

Piano Quintet f-moll

1878-79

1880

Faure

Piano Quartet No.2 Op.45

1886

1887

Dvorak

Piano Quintet Op.81

1887

1888

Faure

Piano Quintet No.1 Op.89

1887-95, 1903-05

1906

Faure

Piano Quartet No.2 Op.115

1919-21

1921

Music sources:

Music sources:
Faure’s Piano Quintet No.1 had been out of print for 30 years since G.Schirmer version became out of print in 1974. Leduc published new version by Roy Howat in 2004.

Here are some quotes from the preface of Leduc New Version.
Faure planned this piano quintet as piano quartet No.3 around 1887 after he had finished his piano quartet No.2. And probably, the exposition section of 1st movement was tried by Ysaye Quartet, and it was said more passionate than his piano quartets. However, he was not satisfied for the rest of the movement, and by other reasons, the work is eventually completed in the beginning of 1906, and officially performed by Ysaye  Quartet and Faure in March in Brussel.
Then the quintet was performed in Paris on April 30, and received great applause. After that, Faure performed this quintet twice in his life. The quintet was published by G.Schirmer as Faure was chronically dissatisfied with his Parisian publisher Julian Hamele

Roy Howat pointed out 3 major points in his editorial notes;

  1. The original edition’s Score and parts are from separate sources, resulting in numerous discrepancies.

  2. The manuscript, after serving as source for printed parts, was further annotated in the course of subsequent performance.

  3. Issues on tempi. The first edition has only one source that has metronome markings. Roy Howat reviews other source and proposed his indications on metronome markings.

    The Tempi Comparison of Actual Modern Performance

Designated Tempi & Current Performing Tempi

   

 

1st Movement

2nd Movement

3rd Movement 

Designation of Edition

Molt moderato

Adagio

Allegretto moderato

 

69

54

76

Roy Howat Suggestion

 

Andante

 

 

100-112

63-76

100

Quatuor Ebene/Michel Dalberto

70

51

84

Via Nova Quartet/Jean Hubeau 

80

52

96

Schubert Ensemble

95

43

92

Gunter Kehr/Werner Neuhaus /Erich Sichermann / Bernhard Braunholz /Jacqueline Eymar

77

46

83

Fine Arts Quartet/Fine Arts Quartet 

80

44

78

Quatuor de l'ORTF/Germaine Thyssens-Valentin 

74

47

82


Howat mentioned in his foreword that the quintet must have passionate nature quoting Louis Vierne’s comments;” Each movement was greeted by wild applause. The applause forced Gabriel Faure back to stage at least five times.”
The possibility to allow new interpretation encourages me.

 

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