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R. Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite, Etc / Marriner


Release Date: 04/24/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 446696   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields are near ideal interpreters of this reimaging of 17th-century music - they never lose sight of the theatrical origins of the music.

This marvellous suite of gems for a scaled-down orchestra was salvaged from music which Strauss provided for a production of Molière’s play Le bourgeois gentilhomme. Though Strauss saw it through two incarnations, the play with music was a failure. Luckily, he tidied the various bits and pieces into this delightful suite. With its reduced orchestra, piano ‘continuo’ and air of pastiche, the suite is no less than an exercise in neo-classicism, though one in which Viennese grace and lightness means that there are no jolts or abrasive
Read more hard edges. With their long experience of the Baroque and Classical repertoire, Neville Marriner and the players of his Academy of St Martin in the Fields are near ideal interpreters of this reimaging of 17th-century music. The appealing neatness of their playing is tempered by a delightful hint of Schmaltz; best of all, they never lose sight of the theatrical origins of the piece. In both Le bourgeois gentilhomme and the Dance Suite of 1940, based on harpsichord music by François Couperin, conductor and band always communicate their enjoyment of this captivating music. Brightly, but also delicately coloured, these are enormously appealing performances. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60: Suite by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
2.
Tanzsuite aus Klavierstücken von François Couperin, AV 107 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Germany 

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