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Bruxelles-kermesse

Tivoli / Mathot
Release Date: 07/13/2010 
Label:  Musique En Wallonie   Catalog #: 953   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Louis FrémauxGeorges LauwerynsFlorent SplingaireW. Jan Paans,   ... 
Performer:  Pierre Brunello
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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BRUXELLES-KERMESSE: EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE 1910 Éric Mathot, cond; Tivoli Band MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE MEW 0953 (68:30)


Works by ACKERMANS, BASTIN, FRÉMAUX, LANCIANI, LAUWERYNS, LECAIL, PAANS, SIMON, SIROUX, SPLINGAIRE


The 1910 Brussels Universal Exposition opened on April 23 and closed on November 7 of that year; during its six-and-a-half months’ duration it attracted an estimated 13 million visitors. Among the succession of world’s fairs, it Read more ranked as one of the most illustrious, along with such famed predecessors as the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London, the 1876 U.S. International Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. It also gained a negative fame due to the destruction of a considerable portion of the fairgrounds by a conflagration on Sunday, August 14.


This disc presents 20 pieces of light, popular music performed at the exposition—six by Louis Frémaux, four by François Simon, two each by Hippolyte Ackermans (also known as “Teddy Moon”!) and Willem W. Jan Paans, and one apiece by Fernand Bastin, Pietro Lanciani, Georges Lauweryns, Clovis Lecail, Émile Siroux, and Florent Splingaire. Except for the Italian Lanciani, these were all French, Belgian, or Dutch figures who composed, conducted, and published popular musical fare. One notable feature is that virtually every selection is modeled on American popular music; John Philip Sousa and his band had made a great impression when they performed in Brussels on a 1903 European tour, and ragtime, the cakewalk, the two-step, and the minstrel song—transmitted over the Atlantic by player piano rolls and the newly invented phonograph, as well as sheet music—had become all the rage.


One might argue that these pieces are the musical equivalent of cotton candy; but cotton candy is a perfectly delightful confection when consumed in moderation at the right time and place, and the same can be said of this program. Éric Mathot and the Tivoli Band perform to absolute authentic stylistic perfection, capturing every lilt and inflection of tempo and instrumental color in clean and clear recorded sound. The digipak comes with an extra-thick cardboard cover and features notes in French, English, Flemish, and German on the exposition and most of the composers (no information is provided about Lanciani, Siroux, and Splingaire). It also contains numerous reproductions of photos, posters (including rather gauche stereotypical portraits of black performers, one done in a style imitative of a Gustav Klimt portrait), and other paraphernalia, all of considerable interest in their own right. If this non-classical repertoire is of a sort that sets your toes a-tapping, then this disc is well worth your acquiring.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toboggan, for ensemble, Op. 150 by Louis Frémaux
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1907 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Rinking Dance, for ensemble by Louis Frémaux
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1910 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Valse des Delft, for ensemble (adapted from the ballet Hopjes en Hopjes) by Georges Lauweryns
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1910 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
La Zwanzinette, for ensemble by Louis Frémaux
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1907 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Little Lady, for ensemble by Florent Splingaire
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1910 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Songeuse, for ensemble by W. Jan Paans
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1908 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Le joyeux siffleur, for ensemble by Hippolyte Ackermans
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
Black-Dance, for ensemble by Louis Frémaux
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1910 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Fin de rêve, for ensemble by François Simon
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
10.
Le joyeux vagabond (The Happy Tramp), for ensemble by François Simon
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1910 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
11.
Marche de Bruxelles-Kermesse, for ensemble by Pietro Lanciani
Performer:  Pierre Brunello (Piano)
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1897 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12.
Cow Girl's Parade, for ensemble by Louis Frémaux
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1911 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
13.
Dans la brume, for ensemble by Emile Siroux
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
14.
Bucéphale, for ensemble by François Simon
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
15.
Ballade des Apaches, for ensemble by Louis Frémaux
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1908 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
16.
Pour tes yeux, for ensemble by Fernand Bastin
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1908 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
17.
Sous ta fenêtre, for ensemble by Hippolyte Ackermans
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
18.
The Jumper, for ensemble by François Simon
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1911 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
19.
Junior-Jim, for ensemble by W. Jan Paans
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1910 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
20.
Bruxelles-Exposition, for ensemble by Clovis Lecail
Conductor:  Eric Mathot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Band
Written: 1909 
Venue:  Studio Odeon 120, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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