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Le Nouveau Salon - Paris Salon / Cologne Salon Orchestra

Release Date: 06/06/2007 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 69296   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ambroise ThomasLéo DelibesHenri WieniawskiJacques Offenbach,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Each week the cream of society spends several hours paying visits. They drive in their carriages hither and yon all over Paris, and even out into the suburbs. It is the day on which the marshal's wife, the wife of the chief justice and the duchess are pleased to receive visitors; thus one must appear, show oneself in the salons. When evening comes, lights are demanded. 'Let the lamps be brought out now!' Idle and bored, one is served with the latest gossip, examines gowns and garments, exchanges compliments and listens to the sounds of music."

The salon - the reception room and drawing room, the business room, the fashion salon, the hairdressing salon, the salon as a kind of art exhibition, and (from the 17th
Read more century to the 19th) the center of "intellectual" social life: often inspired and dominated by women, at times artistically influential, at times politically significant. Its doors open, and we see advancing towards us our hostess - a Mme. Récamier, Mme. de Staël, Sophie Méreau or Rahel Varnhagen. "La Loge Olympique" can afford to order two "Paris" Symphonies from "Papa" Haydn; Mozart follows with an homage to the city on the Seine, his "Paris" Symphony. Gluck and Piccini - simply a scandal - musique et musiciens de 10 vieille France. What do they say about the "confidential" letters from Paris by the German composer Reichardt? One can no longer go to George Sand; with Chopin it seems she has ... And Liszt... And Wagner can no longer be mentioned in any case, since his Tannhäuser scandal - or perhaps he is mentioned because of it!

That is just Parisian life, la vie Parisienne, which is also the life of Jacques Offenbach. From the time the Opéra Comique opened, more than a hundred ballet performances took place there; but that was nothing compared with the magnificence of the Palais Garnier - a gifted architect, this Charles Garnier - and it is only fair that today his edifice is called the Opéra de Paris, the ballet theater with the richest tradition in the world: 1832 La Sylphide, 1841 Giselle, 1866 La Source, 1870 Coppelia, 1876 Sylvia - "Leo divin", the divine Delibes.

"Je suis Titania la blonde" sings Philine in Ambroise Thomas's opera Mignon; and the girls in tights and tutus, so exquisitely painted by Degas, dance a ballet interlude in another opera based on Goethe, Charles Gounod's Faust, for in Paris it is said: an opera without a ballet is not an opera!

According to gossip, the Polish violinist and composer Henrik Wieniawski, living in Paris, has joined in the dissolute life of the Parisian students and is living with a femme, a bourgeois friend.

The dancer Francise Rigolbauche fights against her "normal instincts" on hearing the Grand galop chromatique from the pen of the newly ennobled Liszt. Louis Ganne, a composer of ballet music and friend of Cesar Franck, not only writes an "Ecstatic Reverie" for the moment when "the lamps are lit" in the salon, but also composes - for the late hours, after champagne and cognac - the Marche Lorraine, premiered at the 18th French Sports Festival in 1892: "En passant par la Lorraine avec mes sabots" (when I was passing through Lorraine in my wooden shoes, I met a Captain, and he did so many things with the women), perhaps also with Mme. Gustave Délage, to whom the newest composition by Ernest Gillet is dedicated, and who is receiving guests in her Parisian salon to the premiere of Babillage -- what else but "Chit-Chat"!

- Dirk Schortemeier, 1984
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Works on This Recording

Mignon: Overture by Ambroise Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Sylvia: Pizzicati by Léo Delibes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Written: 1876 
Légende for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 17 by Henri Wieniawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Grand galop chromatique for Piano, S 219 by Franz Liszt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
Faust: Ballet Music by Charles Gounod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Naďla: Waltz by Léo Delibes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Extase by Gustave Louis Ganne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Babillage by Ernest Gillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
March Lorraine by Gustave Louis Ganne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Salon Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 

Featured Sound Samples

Babillage (Chit-Chat) (Gillet)
Mignon (Thomas): Overture

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