The Lark Ascending Ralph Vaughan Williams Download 'The Lark Ascending' on iTunes
With so many different singers taking the reigns in this collection of Fauré complete songs the results are rather patchy
Repertoire: The complete songs, Vol.3
Artists: Various artists
Label: Hyperion CDA67335
This is a mixed bag, mainly because so many singers are involved, not all of them capturing to best advantage Fauré’s elusive soundworld. The finest is Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, a high, soft tenor who lights on precisely the necessary finesse to unify Fauré’s subtleties of emotion and harmony. Beside him, a couple of the others seem to descend into earnest warbling. Great piano playing, though; the duet arrangement of the Shylock incidental music is an unexpected highlight.