13 Nocturnes for Piano
Just as this remarkable series of works spanned virtually the whole of Fauré´s compositional career, so they can give us a lifetime of enrichment. One can only marvel at thesource of inspiration which brought into being such profound utterances as the 6th or 10th Nocturnes, to name but two examples. The ´Nocturnes´ had a particularly unfortunate publishing history. As aresult, Howat identifies literally hundreds of corrections, amendments and alternatives deriving directly from Fauré´s own pen. Characteristically, Howat is also always alert to the restless, fecund spirit of Fauré´s creativity; as such, he tends to regard slight discrepancies in repeat or parallelpassages as perfectly deliberate, rather than composer ´errors´ to be standardized. Among the multiplicity of sources consulted are piano-roll recordings of three of the Nocturnes by the composer himself.
A new edition of Fauré´s Thirteen Nocturnes has long been needed, to clean up literally hundreds of old misprints and dubieties. Indeed, towards the end of his life Fauré prepared a corrected edition of his first eight Nocturnes, but this went so badly wrong that he tried, just before he died, to block its publication. Undeterred, the publisher concerned (Hamelle) issued it in that state in1924, and that´s what´s been available since - cluttered since the 1950s by editorial fingering
The new London Peters edition (which replaces the Leipzig one) has compared all known manuscripts and prints from Fauré´s lifetime, along with some piano rolls recorded by Fauré and memoirs and scoresmarked up by pianists who worked with him. A few of Fauré´s own printed copies survive, showing numerous written corrections by him that never made it into the 1924 re-edition and which are now printed for the first time.The preface includes some performing advice that can be traced back to Fauré; it bears out his wish to have his music played in time and up to his dynamics, without sentimental rallentandi or soggy rubato.
Roy Howat, 2006
Nocturne Op.33 No.1 / Nocturne Op.33No.2 /
Nocturne Op.33 No.3 / Nocturne Op.36 / Nocturne op.37
Nocturne Op.63 / Nocturne Op.74/ Nocturne Op.84 No.8 /
Nocturne Op.97 / Nocturne Op.99 / Nocturne Op.104 No.1 /
Nocturne Op.107 / Nocturne Op.119