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Meditation - The Beautiful Music Of Massenet

Meditation: Beautiful Music Of Massenet / Various
Release Date: 07/03/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001693302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marilyn HorneLuciano PavarottiJosé CarrerasRenée Fleming,   ... 
Conductor:  Henry LewisOliviero de FabritiisSir Colin DavisYves Abel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera OrchestraNational Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jules Massenet, who died 100 years ago in 1912, was a French composer best known for his operas, and was widely considered in his day to be one of the greatest melodists of his time alongside Puccini.

Meditation - The Beautiful Music Of Massenet includes his most popular music, performed by a starry cast of artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Jonas Kaufmann, Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Angela Gheorghiu and Marilyn Horne.

Soon after his death, Massenet's style went out of fashion, and today he is best known for the popular violin showpiece Meditation from his opera Thais (performed here by Nigel Kennedy), and is unfairly regarded by many as something of a one-hit wonder.
Read more /> Opera and ballet aficionados have known otherwise for some time and that he is in truth one of classical music s best-kept secrets. 2012, the centenary year of his death, is the perfect opportunity time to introduce a wider audience to the exquisite charms and beauty of his music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Werther: Va! laisse couler mes larmes! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
2.
Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
3.
Werther: O nature, pleine de grâce by Jules Massenet
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
4.
Thaïs: Dis-moi que je suis belle by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yves Abel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
5.
Thaïs: Ah! je suis seule by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yves Abel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
6.
Manon: En fermant les yeux "Dream of des Grieux" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
7.
Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
8.
Le Cid: Pleurez, mes yeux! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
9.
Hérodiade: Il est doux, il est bon by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
10.
Esclarmonde: Esprits de l'air!...Roland! Roland! Roland! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
11.
Cendrillon: Que mes soeurs sont heureuses by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; France 
12.
Esclarmonde: Ah! Ah! by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
13.
Esclarmonde: Où suis-je? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Giacomo Aragall (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
14.
Werther: Oh! Si les fleurs avaient des yeux by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
15.
Chérubin: Viva amour "Aubade" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; France 
16.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
17.
Manon: Ballet music by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
18.
Valse très lente by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; France 
19.
La Vierge: Dernier sommeil de la Vierge by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Raymond Agoult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 

Sound Samples

Thaïs / Acte Deux: Méditation
Le Cid / Act 3: De cet affreux combat...Pleurez, mes yeux
Werther / Act 3: "Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?"
Hérodiade / Act 1: Il est doux, il est bon
Manon / Act 3: Je suis seul...Ah, fuyez, douce image
Esclarmonde / Act 1: Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!
Esclarmonde / Act 2: "Ah! Ah!"
Esclarmonde / Act 2: Où suis-je?
Thaïs / Acte Deux: Ah! je suis seule, seule enfin!
Thaïs / Acte Deux: Dis-moi que je suis belle
Valse très lente
Chérubin / Act 3: Aubade: Vive amour qui rêve
Manon / Act 2: Instant charmant...En fermant les yeux
Cendrillon / Act 1: Ah! que mes soeurs sont heureuses!
Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 2: Scene 2 - Des Grieux's lodgings
Werther / Act 1: "Je ne sais si je veille" - "O Nature, pleine de grâce
Werther / Act 3: Va! Laisse couler mes larmes
Oh! Si les fleurs avaient des yeux
La Vièrge: Le dernier sommeil de la Vièrge (The last sleep of the Virgin)

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