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Fete a la Francaise / Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 10/17/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 421527   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul DukasEmmanuel ChabrierAmbroise ThomasCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Delights are manifold in this release that is intended to please and does so triumphantly. The 1st Gymnopédie has never been so wonderfully poised and sad, while the Ibert is rousing and high-spirited.

The title of this CD is well chosen. The Dictionnoire Larousse defines the phrase faire la fete as giving oneself up to pleasure and etre a la fete as feeling great satisfaction, and I will certainly go along with these descriptions in writing of my response to an issue which is intended to please and does so triumphantly. I suppose some people might feel that such a succession of bonnes bouches does not make a satisfactory meal, but even leaving aside the fact that I digested it without difficulty, this is a CD
Read more from which one is more likely to play a single number or perhaps two, and with the generous 70-minute duration several are substantial enough for this—say The sorcerer's apprentice, Espana and the two Satie Gymnopédies orchestrated by Debussy—while Bizet's Jeux d'enfants and Ibert's Divertissement are of five and six movements respectively. The mention of some of these reminds us too that though the mood is Gallic and high-spirited (the Ibert is about the funniest piece I know and makes a rousing conclusion) this isn't just a CD that lets its hair down, and despite the brilliance of the playing and recording alike it stays the right side of brashness.

Delights are manifold and often subtle—the violins and middle strings are lovely in the Bizet and, to mention two woodwind solos, I've never heard the double bassoon at the seven-minute mark in the Dukas sound so expressive or the oboe in the First Gymnopédie so wonderfully poised and sad. One warning, though, about the Ibert Divertissement—don't play it when your health is at all shaky or you may laugh so much that you do yourself an injury. Strongly recommended to all save ascetics.

-- Gramophone [6/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
2.
España by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
3.
Joyeuse marche "Marche française" by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4.
Raymond: Overture by Ambroise Thomas
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
5.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1877 
6.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
7.
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: Petite suite by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
8.
Divertissement by Jacques Ibert
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
9.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 2, Lent et triste by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 

Sound Samples

Joyeuse marche
L'Apprenti sorcier
España - Rhapsody for Orchestra
Gymnopédie No.1
Gymnopédie No.3 - Orchestrated by Claude Debussy as No.2
Samson et Dalila / Act 3: Bacchanale
Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra: 1. Marche: Trompette et tambour
Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra: 2. Berceuse: La Poupée
Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra: 3. Impromptu: La toupie
Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra: 4. Duo: Petit mari, petite femme
Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra: 5. Galop: Le bal
Raymond: Overture
Divertissement: 1. Introduction
Divertissement: 2. Cortège
Divertissement: 3. Nocturne
Divertissement: 4. Valse
Divertissement: 5. Parade
Divertissement: 6. Finale

Customer Reviews

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 Fete a la Francaise September 7, 2012 By Ron Glock (Long Beach, CA) See All My Reviews "Charles Dutoit shines. What a joy." Report Abuse
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