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Best Loved French Nocturnes


Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 91381   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Erik SatieGabriel FauréJules MassenetClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Paul Tortelier
Conductor:  Paul TortelierJean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraNorthern Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While Best Loved French Nocturnes is not exactly accurately titled -- an orchestral nocturne is usually associated with imagery of the night -- it's successful as a collection of mostly Impressionist pieces whose character is basically gentle and meditative. Virgin's selection is clearly labeled with the names of the works and the performers, an attention to detail that can't always be counted on in collections of this type. The performances, excerpted from other CDs in the EMI catalog, are quite fine, as well. Paul Tortelier leads the English Chamber Orchestra in works by Satie, Fauré, Massenet, and Debussy. His reading of Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune is especially shapely and atmospheric, and he also Read more serves as cello soloist in Fauré's Élégie. Jean-Bernard Pommier conducts the Northern Sinfonia in subtle and evocative performances of Debussy, Fauré, and Ravel. Virgin's sound is clean and warm. The collection is an excellent choice for the listener looking for an appealing and mellow selection of late Romantic and Impressionist French orchestral music.

-- All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Paul Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
2.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Paul Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
3.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Paul Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
4.
La Vierge: Dernier sommeil de la Vierge by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Paul Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
5.
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Paul Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
6.
Petite suite for Piano 4 hands: no 1, En bateau by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
7.
Petite suite for Piano 4 hands: no 2, Cortège by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
8.
Petite suite for Piano 4 hands: no 3, Menuet by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
9.
Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112: 1st movement, Overture by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
10.
Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112: 4th movement, Pastorale by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
11.
Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112: 2nd movement, Menuet by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
12.
Ma mère l'oye: Petit Poucet by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
13.
Ma mère l'oye: Le jardin féerique by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 

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