for bass -
'Roy Howat's accompaniments are crystal-clear always ...'
Fauré songs for bass? Well why not, given that composers generally underserve the low voices in favour of the high, and why should the bassi and contralti be deprived of some fine repertoire just because it didn't happen to be written in their key? As Roy Howat explains in his scholarly notes, Fauré himself was a pragmatic transposer of his own songs for various singers he worked with.
Howat also goes into the rationale behind the groupings of songs on this album, the relationships Fauré had with many of the poets, and gives a full guide to the background and characteristics of the poems; all of which is predicated on that fact that the new Peters critical edition of Fauré's songs is being used here, edited by Howat and his wife Emily Kilpatrick...
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