Jean-Claude Casadesus

Biography

Born: December 7, 1935   Country: France  
A member of one of France's most distinguished musical families, Jean-Claude Casadesus has gained international acclaim for his founding and development of the Orchestre National de Lille. Equally adept at conducting the orchestral and operatic repertories, Casadesus has made a great number of recordings for a number of labels. After studies at the Paris Conservatoire where he won a first prize, Casadesus, interested in jazz as classical forms, Read more began his career as a percussionist, even as his training as a composer led to commissions to write film and theater scores. Further studies, this time in conducting with Pierre Dervaux in Paris and Pierre Boulez in Basle, preceded his appointment as principal conductor at the Théâtre du Châtelet and later at the Opéra de Paris and Opera-Comique. In his first assignment, he learned control over his conducting arm and galvanized his musicians while conducting the same repertory with great frequency (La Périchole some 300 times). With Dervaux, he formed the Orchestre Philharmonique de Pays de Loire in 1971 and remained assistant musical director there until 1976. In April 1976, he was sent to Lille to save a faltering ORTF orchestra. Only 33 musicians remained and they were severely demoralized by the depressed economic conditions they faced. Casadesus worked with those players while lobbying for better working conditions. He succeeded beyond all hopes and guided the ensemble to international recognition and tours through 30 countries to many of the world's most important music capitals, including Berlin, New York, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Salzburg, and St. Petersburg. In 1985, the Orchestre National de Lille made the first tour of Africa by a full symphonic ensemble. Casadesus' stature as a guest conductor rose as well, placing him before the major orchestras of London, Vienna, Moscow, Dresden, Prague, and Leipzig. In addition to his work with his own orchestra, Casadesus has regularly conducted at the Lille Opera and at France's other important houses in Paris and Lyon. Festivals at Orange and Aix-en-Provence have invited him on several occasions as well. Among Casadesus' recordings are excellent ones of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande and Stravinsky's Petroushka and L'oiseau de feu. Read less

Biography

Born: December 7, 1935   Country: France  
A member of one of France's most distinguished musical families, Jean-Claude Casadesus has gained international acclaim for his founding and development of the Orchestre National de Lille. Equally adept at conducting the orchestral and operatic repertories, Casadesus has made a great number of recordings for a number of labels. After studies at the Paris Conservatoire where he won a first prize, Casadesus, interested in jazz as classical forms, Read more
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Introduction
Scene 1: Recit: Noble Clovis (Clotilde)
Scene 1: Romance: Il est si beau (Clotilde)
Scene 2: Duo: Que vois-je! (Clotilde, Remy)
Scene 2: Recit: Reine, je vais pour vous (Remy)
Scene 3: Priere! Priere! (Clotilde)
Scene 4: Duo: Ma Clotilde cherie! (Clovis, Clotilde)
Scene 4: Duo (suite): Paix, triomphe, esperance! (Clotilde, Clovis)
Scene 4: Duo (suite): Mais comment laissas-tu (Clotilde, Clovis)
Scene 4: Duo (suite): Ta douce aurore (Clotilde)
Scene 5: Recit: Mon pere, en ce beau jour (Clotilde, Remy)
Scene 5: Strophes: Salut a toi (Remy)
Ensemble final: C'en est fait (Clovis, Clotilde, Remy)
laudamus
Tu rex gloriae, Christie
Te ergo quaesumus
Fiat misericordia tua
Part I Scene 1: Le vieil hiver a fait place (Faust)
Part I Scene 2: Les bergers laissent leur troupeaux, "Peasants' Dance" (Chorus, Faust)
Part I Scene 3: Mais d'un eclat guerrier (Faust)
Part I Scene 3: Hungarian March, "Rakoczy March"
Part II Scene 4: Sans regrets j'ai quitte les riantes campagnes (Faust)
Part II Scene 4: Easter Hymn: Christ vient de ressusciter! (Chorus, Faust)
Part II Scene 4: Helas! Doux chants du ciel (Faust)
Part II Scene 5: O pure emotion! (Mephistopheles, Faust)
Part II Scene 6: A boire encor! (Chorus, Mephistopheles)
Part II Scene 6: Oh! Qu'il fait bon! (Chorus, Brander)
Part II Scene 6: Certain rat, dans une cuisine, "Brander's Song" (Brander, Chorus)
Part II Scene 6: Amen, amen, amen!, "Fugue on Brander's Song" (Brander, Chorus)
Part II Scene 6: Vrai dieu! Messieurs (Mephistopheles, Chorus)
Part II Scene 6: Une puce gentille, "Mephistopheles Song" (Mephistopheles, Chorus)
Part II Scene 6: Assez! Fuyons ces lieux (Faust)
Part II Scene 7: Voici des roses (Mephistopheles)
Part II Scene 7: Dors! Dors! Heureux Faust!, "Faust's Dream" (Chorus of Gnomes and Sylphs, Mephistopheles, Faust)
Part II Scene 7: Dance of the Sylphs
Part II Scene 7: Margarita! Qu'ai-je vu? (Faust, Mephistopheles)
Part II Scene 8: Finale: Villes entourees (Chorus of Soldiers and Students)
Part III Scene 9: Drums and Trumpets Play the Retreat
Part III Scene 9: Merci, doux crepuscule!, "Faust's Aria" (Faust)
Part III Scene 10: Je l'entends! (Mephistopheles)
Part III Scene 11: Que l'air est etouffant! (Marguerite)
Part III Scene 11: Autrefois un roi de Thule, "The King of Thule" (Marguerite)
Part III Scene 12: Evocation: Esprits des flammes inconstantes (Mephistopheles)
Part III Scene 12: Minuet of the Wills-o'-the-Wisp
Part III Scene 12: Maintenant, Chantons a cette belle (Mephistopheles)
Part III Scene 12: Devant la maison, "Serenade of Mephistopheles", (Mephistopheles, Chorus of Wills-o'-the-Wisp)
Part III Scene 13: Duet: Grand Dieu! Que vois-je! (Marguerite, Faust)
Part III Scene 14: Trio and Chorus: Allons! Il est trop tard! (Mephistopheles, Marguerite, Faust)
Part III Scene 14: Hola, mere Oppenheim (Chorus of Neighbours in the Street)
Part IV Scene 15: Romance: D'amour l'ardente flamme (Marguerite)
Part IV Scene 15: Au son des trompettes (Chorus of Soldiers, Marguerite)
Part IV Scene 16: Nature immense, impenetrable, "Invocation to Nature" (Faust)
Part IV Scene 17: Recitative and Chase: A la voute azuree (Mephistopheles, Faust)
Part IV Scene 18: Dans mon coeur retentit sa voix, "The Ride to the Abyss" (Faust)
Part IV Scene 19: Pandemonium: Irimiru Karabrao! (Chorus of the Damned and the Demons)
Part IV Scene 19: Alors, l'Enfer se tut, "Epilogue on Earth" (Chorus)
Part IV Scene 20: Laus! Laus! Hosanna! (Chorus)
Part IV Scene 20: Remonte au ciel, "Margarita's Glorification" (Chorus)
I. Russia under the Mongolian Yoke
II. Song about Alexander Nevsky
III. The Crusaders in Pskov
IV. Arise, Ye Russian People
V. The Battle on the Ice
VI. The Field of Death
VII. Alexander's Entry into Pskov
I. Anime
II. Tres modere
III. Modere
IV. Vif
V. Modere
VI. Vif
VII. Lent
VIII. Vif
La fleur des eaux (The Flower of the Waters)
Interlude
La mort de l'amour (The Death of Love)
Villanelle
Le spectre de la rose (The Spectre of the Rose)
Sur les lagunes: Lamento (On the Lagoons: Lamento)
Absence
Au cimetiere: Clair de lune (At the Cemetery: Moonlight)
L'ile inconnue (The Unknown Island)
Act I - Prelude
Act I - Assez! Assez!
Act I - Alors, c'est bien ici
Act I - Jesus vient de naitre...
Act I - O spectacle ideal d'amour...
Act I - Sophie!... Albert! Toi de retour?
Act I - Elle m'aime! Elle pense a moi!
Act I - Orchestral Interlude
Act I - Il faut nous separer...
Act I - Mais vous ne savez rien de moi...
Act I - Charlotte! Charlotte! Albert est de retour!
Act II - Prelude
Act II - Vivat Bacchus! Semper vivat!
Act II - Trois mois! Voici trois mois que nous sommes unis
Act II - Un autre est son epoux!
Act II - Au bonheur dont mon ame est plein...
Act II - Frere! Voyez le beau bouquet!
Act II - Ai-je dit vrai?
Act II - Lorsque l'enfant revient d'un voyage avant l'heure...
I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto
I. Andante
II. Allegro giocoso
III. Andante moderato
IV. Tempo allegro. Molto agitato
V. Tres calme. Lent
VI. Tempo de I' Allegro intial
VII. Tempo Introduction. Largo
Act I Scene 1: Une foret
Act I Scene 2: Un appartement dans le chateau
Act I Scene 3: Devant le chateau
Act II Scene 1: Une fontaine dans le parc
Act II Scene 2: Un appartement dans le chateau
Act II Scene 3: Devant une grotte
Act III Scene 1: Une des tours du chateau
Act III Scene 2: Les souterrains du chateau
Act III Scene 3: Une terrasse au sortir des souterrains
Act III Scene 4: Devant le chateau
Act IV Scene 1: Un appartement dans le chateau
Act IV Scene 2: Un appartement dans le chateau
Act IV Scenes 3 and 4: Une fontaine dans le parc
Act V: Une chambre dans le chateau


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