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Reveries / Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra


Release Date: 08/06/2002 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 99   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Erik SatieGabriel FauréEdvard GriegJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Anthony RossAdam KuenzelMarni J. Hougham
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection is a HDCD (High Definition Compact Disc) recording.

It's that time of year. The strings of lights seem a little bleary, the curbs are lined with dessicated trees, and snow has given way to sleet. It's the perfect time to huddle up at home and indulge a little sweet melancholy, and boy, have Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra provided the soundtrack for you.

As the liner notes are careful to point out, this is not "nap time," nor is it just mist-and-unicorns dreaminess. It's a wonderfully programmed album that picks up on the theme of reverie as a journey: each piece moves at a docile, ambling pace. Each has a welcome familiarity but none is threadbare from overexposure: Satie's
Read more Gymnopedies 1 & 3 (in Debussy's elegant orchestration) bookend a collection of instigators to musing: Fauré's Pavane, and Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Solveig's song from Grieg's Peer Gynt; you get the idea. The sentimentality is omnipresent and the sound of the orchestra is massive, but you need fear no schmalz: Oue moves the andantes at a just-leisurely-enough pace and keeps the textures bouyant and clear. Reveries is perfectly suited to daydreaming, but the playing is substantive enough to keep bringing you back to the music.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Claude Debussy 
2.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Claude Debussy 
3.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 11, Solvejg's Song [Orchestral version] by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
La Vierge: Dernier sommeil de la Vierge by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Anthony Ross (Cello)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
I gioielli della Madonna: Act 1 Intermezzo by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1911 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Adam Kuenzel (Flute)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1892 - 1894). 
8.
Roméo et Juliette: Le sommeil de Juliette by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10.
Andante cantabile for Cello and Strings, Op. 11 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1886-88; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Marni J. Hougham (English Horn)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 9 Minutes 30 Secs. 
12.
Ręverie by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  5 Customer Reviews )
 Beautiful music July 11, 2017 By Jeffery G. (Richton Park, IL) See All My Reviews "My wife and i love this music Eiji Que.We listen to it every night." Report Abuse
 Fantastic April 5, 2016 By Duane K. (Scottsdale, AZ) See All My Reviews "Very beautiful and soothing music. I encourage a Reveries II." Report Abuse
 Rich orchestral sound February 13, 2014 By Greg La Traille (Sacramento, CA) See All My Reviews "Excellent, well recorded performances and a great introduction to this repertoire for new listeners." Report Abuse
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