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French Orchestral Favorites - Dukas, Debussy, Satie / Pretre, Ortf National Orchestra


Release Date: 06/15/1999 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 73427   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul DukasClaude DebussyErik SatieCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Philippe PierlotMichèle BoussinotAndré Gantiez
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Georges Prêtre conducts this mix of 19th- and 20th-century French "hits" in a mellow, dreamy fashion. The juxtaposition of these pieces brings out the uniqueness of French harmonic sound. A piece which is in every classical flutist's repertoire is the 'Prélude to the Afternoon of a Faun,' Debussy's impressionistic rendering of one of Stéphane Mallarmé's most popular poems, which was used for the infamous ballet danced by Nijinsky when Diagalev's Ballet Russe performed in Paris. The whole tone coloring, rhythms, dynamics, and articulations are underlined by the sensuous flute solos, here admirably played by Philippe Pierlot. Debussy at times was more Wagnerian than Wagner in his use of unresolved, chromatic harmonies à la 'Tristan and Read more Isolde,' and this piece illustrates how Debussy could do so in a purely French idiom.
Ravel's music, although very similar to Debussy's, was more classical in style, and one can hear that in this elegant reading of his famous 'Pavane.' These pieces, along with the other selections in this compilation, are a well-chosen exploration of the French sound for the listener Read less

Works on This Recording

1. L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Philippe Pierlot (Flute)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1892 - 1894). 
3. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Claude Debussy 
4. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Claude Debussy 
5. Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Michèle Boussinot (Violin)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  André Gantiez (French Horn)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1910) 
7. La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

L'Apprenti sorcier, '(The) Sorcerer's Apprentice'
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
3 Gymnopedies, No.3. Lent et grave
3 Gymnopedies, No.1. Lent et douloureux
Danse macabre in G minor Op. 40
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1984 Digital Remaster): II. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit grosser Vehemenz

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