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Le Salon De Musique De Marie-Antoinette / Sandrine Chatron

Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 179   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Francesco PetriniChristoph W. GluckJean-Baptiste KrumpholtzJean-Baptiste Cardon,   ... 
Performer:  Sandrine ChatronJean-François LombardStéphanie PauletIsabelle Poulenard,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Casts light on a forgotten corner of French musical life.

There is a real appeal to this disc, despite the modest nature and eclectic mix of music.

The starting point for this collection of salon pieces is the 1799 Érard harp, played exquisitely by Sandrine Chatron. Judging by the sound quality and the splendid photos in the sleeve notes, the harp was (and still is) a masterpiece of technical and musical invention. Equipped with a fork mechanism for the stings, seven pedals, and five soundbox shutters, it was the very latest in instrumental technology.

As a keen harpist (as well as a decent singer and harpsichord player), the French queen Marie-Antoinette took an interest in new
Read more music for, or adapted for, the harp. Accordingly, the works on this disc were dedicated to the queen, or else were probably performed during her intimate salons at the palace of Versailles, the Trianon or the chateau of Fontainebleau.

The pieces fall into three main categories: sonatas for harp, sometimes with violin or flute accompaniment; instrumental arrangements of operatic airs and songs for soprano and tenor; and short miscellaneous pieces for solo harp.

Highlights include the more substantial harp sonata by Jean-Baptiste Cardon (tacks 5-8). The playing is lush and delicate by turns, showcasing the technical possibilities of the Érard instrument. Equally beguiling is Les Folies d’Espagne by Francesco Petrini (track 1). A Spanish-flavoured tune with 12 variations, it perfectly conjures up the sense of the ‘exotic’ which must have delighted listeners at the French court.

Also of interest are the airs songs for soprano and tenor, with harp, flute and violin accompaniment. They clearly show Marie-Antoinette’s own operatic preferences (Gluck and Grétry were her particular favourites), and point towards the later development of French Romantic opera during the Revolution and beyond. The adaptation of ‘J’ai perdu mon Eurydice’ from Gluck’s Orphée (track 2) is sung movingly by tenor Jean-François Lombard, who has a lithe and expressive voice. Soprano Isabelle Poulenard delivers several fine renditions, including Marie-Antoinette’s own composition, ‘C’est mon ami’ (track 15).

There is a simplicity and warmth to this disc, which displays the special qualities of the Érard harp, and casts light on a forgotten corner of French musical life.

-- John-Pierre Joyce, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Variations (12) on "Les Folies d'Espagne" by Francesco Petrini
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Jean-François Lombard (Countertenor), Stéphanie Paulet (Violin), Isabelle Poulenard (Soprano),
Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1762).
Composition revised: Paris, France (1774). 
Petits airs variés, Op. 10: Au fond d'une sombre valée by Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Sonata for Harp in B major by Jean-Baptiste Cardon
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Sonata for Harp in F major, Op. 15 no 2 by Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Chansons (3) for Harp by Antoine Dauvergne
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Sonata for Harp and Flute obbligato by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp), Amélie Michel (Flute)
Period: Classical 
C'est mon ami by Traditional
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Written: France 
Oiseaux, si tous les ans, K307/K284d by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Written: 1777-78 
Sonatine for Harp no 5 by Gejza Dusik
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Il re Teodoro in Venezia: Overture by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1784; Italy 
La caravane du Caire: Malgré la fortune cruelle by André Modeste Grétry
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Paris, France 
Plaisir d'amour by Johann Paul A. Martini
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1775; France 
Adagio for Glass Harmonica in C major, K 356 (617a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sandrine Chatron (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 

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