Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

Active: Monte Carlo, Monaco -
The Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra is the oldest permanently established orchestra in the French-speaking world, with a rich history of important premieres and a reputation for continuing high quality under a succession of great conductors.

Monte Carlo is the main town in Monaco, a small enclave on the French Riviera which has held on to its political identity since before the twelfth century. The Grimaldi family (the Guelphs) won its
Read more independence from the court of Genoa in the thirteenth century and has ruled the country, a principality, since then. However, there are long periods in its history when it was dominated or was a protectorate of various powers, most notably the House of Savoy, the Dukes of Milan, Spain, the Count of Provence, and France. The history of music there is primarily a function of who exercised power there, and the taste of the local ruler.

In 1641, Prince Honoré II passed from Spanish to French protection and as a result of his visits to Versailles brought in French dancing-masters and musicians. Les entretiens de Diane et d'Apollon (1654), a court ballet, is the first known Monagasque classical work. Prince Antoine I (reigned 1701-1731), a pupil of Lully, particularly encouraged music.

Monte Carlo itself was founded in 1858 in response to a favorable shift in the region's economy and quickly became a leading resort destination. Prince Florestan authorized the opening of the famous Casino in 1862 and adopted a policy of supporting arts and entertainment en support of the tourist trade.

The nation's permanent orchestra was founded in 1863 to give concerts in the Casino. A concert hall was built in 1872. The principality built its magnificent opera house, the Palais Garnier (designed by the same architect as the Paris Opéra's venerable house) in 1879, and the orchestra was brought in to serve at its productions. Over the years its chief conductors have included such great names as Paul Paray (1928-1944), Louis Frémaux (1956-1965), Lovro von Matacic, Igor Markevitch, and Lawrence Foster, appointed in 1980 and to be succeeded by Gianluigi Gelmetti. Its list of guest conductors is star-studded, including Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Bernstein, and many others.

Over forty-five operas have been premiered there, including Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortiléges, Saint-Saëns' Hélène, the first staged production of Berlioz' Le Damnation de Faust, Puccini's La Rondine, and Fauré's Pénélope, as well as the first French-language staging of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

From before World War I until the 1930s, the Monte Carlo Opera was also the site of the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, so that the orchestra also participated in the creation of some of the greatest works in the twentieth-century ballet repertory. Over the years it produced many great recordings.

The orchestra was officially named the "National Orchestra of the Monte Carlo Opera House" in 1953, and renamed the "Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra" in 1979. (It is still often referred to as the "Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra" when discussed in connection with its playing for the opera house stage, including the opera and the Monte Carlo Ballet (which was revived by Princess Caroline in memory of her mother, Princess Grace, whose dream it was to restore that tradition).

The orchestra comprises eighty-seven members and works a full schedule. Its recordings include several honored by many major recording prizes. Read less
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 / Alexandre Dubach, Monte Carlo Philharmonic
Release Date: 03/30/2010   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93992   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Active: Monte Carlo, Monaco -
The Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra is the oldest permanently established orchestra in the French-speaking world, with a rich history of important premieres and a reputation for continuing high quality under a succession of great conductors.

Monte Carlo is the main town in Monaco, a small enclave on the French Riviera which has held on to its political identity since before the twelfth century. The Grimaldi family (the Guelphs) won its
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Fauré : Pénélope : Prelude to Act 1
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Les fuseaux sont lourds, le palais est sombre" [Servantes, Mélantho, Cléone, Alkandre, Phylo, Lydie]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Vers Pénélope, soeur divine d'Aphrodite, qu'une de vous, femmes, se précipite" [Eurymaque, Mélantho, Cléone, Antinoüs, Léodès]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Osez-vous pénétrer jusqu'ici, princes lâches?" [Euryclée, Eurymaque, Léodès, Ctésippe, Antinoüs]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Jadis, quand on aimait, on savait aimer mieux" [Pénélope, Antinoüs, Euryclée, Eurymaque, Léodès, Ctésippe]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Ho-là, ho!" [Ulysse, Eurymaque, Pénélope, Ctésippe, Antinoüs, Mélantho, Léodès, Lydie, Phylo, Alkandre, Cléone]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Pardonne, ô vieillard!" [Pénélope, Euryclée, Ulysse]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Je suis seule... Ô travail que mon amour renie" [Pénélope, Eurymaque, Léodès, Antinoüs]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Je me plaignais du sort! Quelle démence!" [Pénélope, Ulysse, Euryclée]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 "Épouse chérie! Ton âme de ses maux sera bientôt guérie!" [Ulysse]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 1 : "Prends ce manteau, vieillard" [Pénélope, Ulysse, Euryclée]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 2 : Introduction "Sur l'épaule des monts..." [Eumée, Pâtre]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 2 : "C'est sur ce banc,..." [Pénélope, Eumée, Ulysse, Euryclée]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 2 : "Eumée, et vous tous les pâtres" [Ulysse, Eumée, Pâtres]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 3 : Introduction "Toute la nuit, sans bruit..." [Ulysse]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 3 : "Morne et farouche..." [Euryclée, Ulysse]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 3 : "Salut, Maître...-Debout, berger" [Eumée, Ulysse]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 3 : "Qu'il est doux de sentir..." [Antinoüs, Ulysse, Eurymaque, Ctésippe, Léodès, Pisandre]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 3 " La Reine..." [Léodès, Antinoüs, Eurymaque, Pénélope, Ctésippe, Pisandre, Euryclée, Ulysse, Eumée, Alkandre, Lydie, Phylo]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 3 : "Justice est faite!" [Ulysse, Pénélope, Euryclée]
Fauré : Pénélope : Act 3 : "Ulysse est de retour! Glorie à Zeus" [Peuple d'Ithaque, Eumée, Euryclée, Ulysse, Servantes, Bergers]
Mendelssohn : Violin Concerto in D minor : I Allegro [1822]
Mendelssohn : Violin Concerto in D minor : II Andante [1822]
Mendelssohn : Violin Concerto in D minor : III Allegro [1822]
String Octet in C major Op.7: I Très modéré
String Octet in C major Op.7: II Très fougueux
String Octet in C major Op.7: III Lentement
String Octet in C major Op.7: IV Mouvement de valse bien rythmé
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Prélude
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Roi Laïos (Les Femmes Thébaines, Le Grand-Prêtre)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Thèbes, Chante, Des Sept Portes (Les Guerriers Thébains, Le Grand-Prêtre, Les Bergers, Le Choeur)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Enfant Divin, Royal Enfant (Les Bergers, Les Femmes Thébaines, Les Guerriers Thébains, Créon)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Défilé Et Danse Des Bergers, Des Femmes Thébaines Et Des Guerriers Thébains
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : J'apporte De Délos La Flamme D'Apollon (Les Vierges Thébaines, Le Grand-Prêtre, Le Choeur)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Enfant, Mon Enfant (Jocaste, Laïos, Tirésias, Le Choeur, Le Grand-Prêtre)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Prélude. Adonis Couché Sur La Pourpre Et L'or
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Oedipe, Ô Fils De Polybos (Phorbas, Le Choeur, Oedipe)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Ah ! Goûtez Sans Moi Aux Plaisirs Permis (Oedipe, Le Choeur)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Pourquoi Trembler, Mon Fils ? (Mérope, Oedipe)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Et Je Me Couvrirai D'un Bouclier Joyeux (Oedipe)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau : Est-Ce Déjà Le Roi ? (Le Berger)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau : Où Suis-Je ? Le Corbeau Crie (Oedipe)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau : Mais Si C'était Un Piège Du Dieu ? (Oedipe, Laïos, Le Berger)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Interlude
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : De L'aurore À L'aurore (Le Veilleur)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Il Est Un Breuvage (Oedipe, Le Veilleur)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Je T'attendrais (La Sphinge, Oedipe)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Ho ! Ho ! Réveillez Vous, Thébains ! (Le Veilleur, Oedipe, Le Choeur)
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Evohé ! Evohé ! (Les Vierge Thébaines, Le Choeur, Les Enfants)
Violin Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No. 3: II. Andantino quasi allegretto
Violin Concerto No. 3: III. Molto moderato e maestoso
Prelude
Scene du Balcon
Act I: Allegro Vivace
Act I: Pas des Cymbales
Act I: Valse de la Cigarette
Act I: Tambourin
Act I: Danse Marocaine
Act I: La Gitane
Act I: Parades de Foire
Act I: Dance de
Act I: Fete Foraine
Act II: La Sieste
Act II: Mazurka
Act II: Presto: Danse de toutes les Esclaves
Act II: Theme Varie
Act II: Bacchanale
I. Assez anime
II. Lent
III. Anime
No. 1. En Revant
No. 2. Spleen
No. 3. Gaiety
No. 4. Apres l'ete
No. 5. Parfum exotique
No. 6. Sur l'onde
No. 7. Un soir
No. 8. Epilogue
Idylle
Danse villageoise
Sous-bois
Scherzo-valse
Idylle
Danse villageoise
Sous-bois
Scherzo-valse


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