Trumpeter Guy Touvron, a former student of Maurice André and acclaimed international soloist, was keen to share his love of Gabriel Fauré’s music, despite the fact that Fauré never composed a single page for Touvron’s instrument of choice. He turned to the art of transcription, aware of the challenge that awaited him: could Trumpet tone truly render the quiet charm of Fauré’s works? This volume of Mélodies Et Pieces Diverses Pour Trompette Et Piano is proof of the project’s success.
In Guy Touvron’s arrangement, the fresh, clear language of the Cantique de Jean Racine delivers a fullness that does justice to the work’s refined classicism. The Clair de lune of Verlaine’s verse lengthens its nostalgia-imbued vocal phrases, while the Sérénade toscane, with its echoes of barcarole, evokes a haughty belle who refuses to appear on the balcony. The crushing atmosphere of Spleen, the sophisticated contours of Op. 2 No.1 (Dans les ruines d’une abbaye, based on a Victor Hugo poem) and the enveloping charm of the En prière canticle are all rendered with equal subtlety. The art of transcription makes everything possible.