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Dreams / Ophelie Gaillard


Release Date: 01/12/2010 
Label:  Aparte   Catalog #: 1  
Composer:  Claude DebussyAntonín DvorákEdvard GriegFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard
Conductor:  Tim Redmond
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ophélie Gaillard's calling-card album is just the ticket in terms of presentation. Gaillard plays a Goffriller loaned to her by CIC. As for the music it is a selection of toothsome miniatures as arranged by Craig Leon. He did a similar service for Joshua Bell not so long ago.
 
The music by temperament of the original and by arranger's art is warmly romantic. It is recorded strongly. Pride of place in the sound-stage is accorded to Gaillard but the orchestra is not neglected. The Song to the Moon catches the supernatural
Read more element in Dvořák and makes a link I should have made long before now with the Erben-based tone poems of his later years. The Grieg Solveig Song leaves you in no doubt that Gaillard is a fluent communicator of emotion - nothing cold or disengaged here. The Sonnambula and L'Elisir hits are smooth but leave little impression beyond a sweet glow. Leon makes prominent play with the harp and an example is in Mio Babbino Caro which is most lovingly shaped by Gaillard and her orchestral partners. The Satie pieces have each had the central heating turned on and the sentimentality setting advanced. This works better in the Gnossienne than in the Gymnopedie. The Fauré Pavane, on the other hand, is taken at an unsentimental, even impatient clip. I would, by contrast, have preferred a higher sanglote quotient. Things are more adroitly judged in Après un Rêve. The two Chopin pieces are nicely shaped, the Mazurka even making unexpected connections with Sibelius's incidental music. The Nocturne needs a little more reserve - held back rather than unleashed. Rachmaninov's Vocalise has been arranged every which way and is superbly done here. The dialogue with the violin is most touchingly done. We end with the passionately swelling and receding Tchaikovsky Valse sentimentale. This serves as a rubric for the whole collection.
 
Gaillard has already recorded the Bach suites, Britten suites and Sonata and Fauré pieces (all for Ambroisie) so this is no starter collection. It should please the seemingly inexhaustible market for sincerely shaped sentimental anthologies. Meantime how about next time including the world premiere recording of Florent Schmitt's superbly imaginative Cello Concerto which rejoices under the title Introit, Récit et Congé. Now that would make a most welcome entry into the CD lists. Is anyone listening, I wonder.
 
-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Tim Redmond
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
2. Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
3. Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55: no 4, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
4. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
5. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
6. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
7. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
8. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
9. Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
10. Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
11. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
12. La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Tim Redmond
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
13. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Tim Redmond
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
14. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Tim Redmond
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 

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