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Neeme Jarvi Conducts Massenet

Massenet
Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5137   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jules Massenet
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jules Massenet has long been associated primarily with opera, while his orchestral works have gone unappreciated. This collection of overtures, ballet music, and concert pieces, each with its own unique orchestral colour, showcases Massenet’s orchestral writing at its finest. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is conducted by its Music and Artistic Director, Neeme Järvi.

From the opening diminished seventh chord of the concert work Ouverture de ‘Phèdre’ it is clear that we are in a world of high drama. Commissioned in 1874 for performance in Paris, it is based on Racine’s play of the same name.

Written in the same year, but in complete contrast, is the Scènes pittoresques, full of a grace and
Read more elegance that is often reminiscent of Tchaikovsky. The ‘Suite de ballet’ from Le Cid evokes yet another sound world, one of exotic colours and exuberant celebration, its seven movements featuring dance music from different regions of Spain.

Also featured on this album are a number of works involving a solo cello, performed here by Truls Mørk, one of the pre-eminent cellists of our time. He shines a light on Massenet’s little-known Fantaisie for cello and orchestra, a fine piece rarely heard on disc or in the concert hall.

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“True to form, Järvi has uncovered a collection of minor works by a well-known composer and injected enough sparkle into them to make for hugely enjoyable listening… Järvi is in his element, and his Geneva orchestra responds with spirit and style.” – Financial Times

Of the three more substantial items, the two most familiar are played by Neeme Jarvi and his Swiss orchestra with infectious panache and finesse.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le Roi de Lahore: Overture by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Fantasie for Cello and Orchestra by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Phèdre: Overture by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Les Erinnyes: Scene religieuse by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1873 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Don Cesar de Bazan: Entr'acte Sevillana by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1872-1888; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 "Scènes pittoresques" by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 16 Minutes 28 Secs. 
7.
Le Cid, suite for orchestra by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 18 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
La Vierge: Part 4. L'Assumption. Prélude by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Le Cid: Andalouse: I. Castillane
Le Cid: Andalouse: II. Andalouse
Le Cid: Andalouse: III. Aragonaise
Le Cid: Andalouse: IV. Aubade
Le Cid: Andalouse: V. Catalane
Le Cid: Andalouse: VI. Madrilene
Le Cid: Andalouse: VII. Navarraise
La vierge: Act IV: Prelude, "Le dernier sommeil de la Vierge" (The Last Sleep of the Virgin)
Le roi de Lahore: Overture
Fantaisie pour violoncelle et orchestre: Anime, alerte (Allegro) - En animant peu a peu - Tempo I -
Fantaisie pour violoncelle et orchestre: Lent (Quasi cadenza) - Modere (Allegretto con spirito) -
Fantaisie pour violoncelle et orchestre: Anime, Allegro - A Tempo I - Un peu retenu - A tempo I (Anime) - Tres anime
Phedre: Ouverture
Les Erinnyes (arr. for cello and orchestra): Les Erinnyes, Act II: Scene religieuse (arr. for cello and orchestra)
Don Cesar de Bazan (arr. for orchestra): Don Cesar de Bazan, Act III: A Seville, belles Senoras, "Sevillana" (arr. for orchestra)
Scenes pittoresques, "Suite No. 4": I. Marche
Scenes pittoresques, "Suite No. 4": II. Air de ballet
Scenes pittoresques, "Suite No. 4": III. Angelus
Scenes pittoresques, "Suite No. 4": IV. Fete boheme

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