Fauré: Ballade, Nocturnes, Romances, Sonat inédite, Mazurke inédite Nicolas Stavy
- Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924): Nocturne in E-Flat Minor, Op. 33:
- 1Nocturne in E-Flat Minor, Op. 33: No. 106:54
- 3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17:
- 23 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17: No. 1 in A-Flat Major01:59
- 33 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17: No. 2 in A Minor02:44
- 43 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17: No. 3 in A-Flat Major02:21
- Piano Sonata in F Major:
- 5Piano Sonata in F Major: I. Allegro ma non troppo03:41
- 6Piano Sonata in F Major: II. Menuet. Tempo di menuetto02:56
- 7Piano Sonata in F Major: III. Finale. Allegro vivo04:29
- Mazurka in B-Flat Major:
- 8Mazurka in B-Flat Major02:15
- 9Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 6308:22
- Nocturne in B Minor, Op. 119:
- 10Nocturne in B Minor, Op. 11906:54
- Ballade in F-Sharp Major, Op. 19:
- 11Ballade in F-Sharp Major, Op. 1914:16
Info zu Fauré: Ballade, Nocturnes, Romances, Sonat inédite, Mazurke inédite
This recital could almost have been entitled Around Fauré in Sixty Minutes, as the programme devised by Nicolas Stavy spans the entire career of the composer. In April 1863, when Gabriel Fauré noted down the Sonata recorded here for the first time, his 18th birthday was still a month away – the masterly Nocturne in B minor Op. 119, on the other hand, is Fauré’s final work for the piano, composed only two years before his death in 1924. Between them, and the other works included on the disc, a fascinating trajectory takes shape. In the Finale of the sonata we hear a young man enjoying himself as he experiments with a Haydnesque idiom; a few years later there are traces of Mendelssohn and Schumann in 3 Romances, and of Chopin in Mazurke – also a world première recording. Especially when it comes to the choice of genre, Chopin is still an influence during the 1870s and Nocturne No. 1 and the Ballade, but both works testify to a composer finding his own voice. Fauré went on to compose another 12 nocturnes and two of these, No. 6 in D flat major from 1894 and the aforementioned Nocturne in B minor, serve as snapshots illustrating Fauré's later career and the composer's path towards increasing abstraction and a style characterised by timelessness and a detachment from fashionable trends.
Nicolas Stavy, piano
He is a magnificient interpreter of the romantic repertoire: His Chopin CD issued by Paraty was very warmly received by the press: « Nicolas Stavy has a genuinely vocal talent , which is the key to open the door to Chopin’s emotional art (Le Monde de la Musique). He is also known for his classical repertoire and his recording of the rarely played keyboard version of Haydn’s the Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross for the Mandala label « … Nicolas Stavy shows a deep understanding of the composer’s universe , on a level comparable to Luisada or Brendel. » (Diapason).
Constantly eager to discover new fields, this musician performs chamber music with such renowned artists as Cédric Tiberghien, Marc Coppey, Tedi Papavrami, Françoise Masset, Nemanja Radulovic, Atrium Quartet, Ébène quartet, Psophos quartet … Besides, he very successfully played, alternating with Mikhail Rudy , in Le pianiste by Wladyslaw Szpilman, starring the actor Robin Renucci . He also frequently gets involved in various projects with actors such as Didier Sandre, Brigitte Fossey, François Castang.
In France as well as abroad , his audiences are enthusiastic about his sensitive tone which « makes the piano sing splendidly » (La Lettre du Musicien). Nicolas Stavy has performed in many prestigious venues : Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin Festivals in Nohant and in Bagatelle, Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, Lille Piano(s) Festival , Berlioz Festival, Orsay Museum , Salle Cortot, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, Opéra de Vichy, EuroArt Praha Festival, Grenada « Fex » Festival, Klavier Ruhr Festival, Casals Hall in Tokyo, Athenaeum in Bucharest, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Hong-Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 92nd Street Y of New York...
And as a soloist , with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Utah Symphonic Orchestra in Salt Lake City, the Orchestre Sinfonietta de Lausanne, the Bucharest Philharmonic , the Belgorod Philharmonic …
He studied with Gérard Frémy and Christian Ivaldi in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and obtained first prize for piano and chamber music . He then received advanced training from Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire where he won a first prize with distinction. He also attended master classes with the great master György Sebok and received valuable advice from Alfred Brendel. He has won several international competitions : Special Prize at the 2000 Chopin competition in Warsaw, Second Prize at the 2001 Geneva International competition, Fourth prize at the 2002 Gina Bachauer competition in the USA , Second prize at the 2003 Young Concert Artists in New York …
Since 2002, he has been sponsored by Cultures France, thanks to whom he was able to record his first CD in the series « Déclic ». He is regularly invited on radio and television programmes in France and abroad: on Arte, Mezzo, Planète, France Musique, Radio Classique, Radio Suisse Romande, etc.
In 2009 he recorded a CD dedicated to the French composer Hélène de Montgeroult , and a Brahms cd in 2010, for the Hortus label.