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Le Nouveau Salon - Serenata / I Salonisti

Release Date: 05/31/2007 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 69299   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Enrico ToselliJean SibeliusMaurice RavelGeorge Enescu,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album in the Salon Music series introduces the Swiss ensemble I Salonisti. This quintet perceives the focus of its activity not as old favorites revived for sentimental reasons of pure amusement, but rather as subtle arrangements that create true chamber music. The expression of a quite specific spirit of an epoch - the second half of the 19th century and the first two decades of our century - is musically retraced here, as found in the salons, particularly in those of the French aristocracy.

Pieces by the impressionists Debussy and Ravel were arranged by Henri Mouton for a salon ensemble within a year of their composition. This is an indication of the desire of the time that this music should not only be
Read more performed in exclusive circles but also be made available to a more general audience.

George Enescu's musical contacts also extended to Paris at the turn of the century. In his two Roumanian Rhapsodies the influence of the folk music of his native country is deeply felt. (His Suite villageoise also appeared in an arrangement for salon orchestra in the year of its composition, 1937.)

The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, who was similarly inspired by close contact with the nature and mythology of his country, wrote his Suite mignonne, for two flutes and strings, in 1921. (A number of his other compositions from that period show "typical" features of salon music: the Humoresques, the Romance, Op. 42, and the Canzonetta, Op. 62a.) The Valse triste - extracted from its dramatic context, the dance of Death in Järnevelt's play "Death"- was heard in many forms as it swept the musical world, immediately after its premiere in 1903.

The name of Benjamin Godard is also connected with the French salons. The Berceuse from his opera "Jocelyn" may certainly be ranked alongside the Valse triste. The dashing Village Wedding, from the suite Impressions of the Countryside (Impressions de campagne), is one of Godard's many elegant compositions.

Yoshitomo is an outsider in this program, but his Japanese-lantern dance is part of the standard repertory of all light orchestras. His Street Scenes in Hong Kong is a self-contained work, but the "East Asian Suite" from which it comes also presented a range of exotic character pieces with a very practical function - to supply the musical background for silent films.

While Yoshitomos operas and chamber music have more or less been forgotten, nothing could have been less true of the Italian pianist and composer Enrico Toselli in 1907, when he created a sensation by marrying the former Crown Princess Luise of Saxony. His famous Serenata has remained in the repertory of all salon orchestras.

- Dirk Schortemeier, 1983
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Works on This Recording

Serenade, Op. 6 no 1 by Enrico Toselli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Period: Romantic 
Suite mignonne for Flute and Strings, Op. 98 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; Finland 
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
L'heure espagnole: Excerpt(s) by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1 by George Enescu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Romania 
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Street Scenes in Hong Kong by Yoshitomo,
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Noce villageoise by Benjamin Godard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Featured Sound Samples

Serenade, op 6 no 1 (Toselli)
Romanian Rhapsody no 1 (Enescu)
Préludes, Book 1 (Debussy): No 8: La fille aux cheveux de lin

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