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La Folie Francaise [4-CD Set]


Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 356292   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges BizetCharles Valentin AlkanCésar FranckCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Renaud CapuçonNancy ArgentaSerge BaudoPhilippe Dervaux,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard HickoxJean-Bernard PommierMichel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

La folie française is an odyssey of the French classical composers from the 19th Century (Georges Bizet, César Franck) to nowadays (Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux), as well as the golden age (Satie, Debussy, Ravel or Saint-Saëns), reflecting the concert’s programme.

It’s a great opportunity to hear such masterpieces of this prolific period in the history of music as “La Mer” by Debussy, Bizet’s “Carmen suite”, the “Bolero”, two “Gnossiennes”, “L’Apprenti sorcier” by Paul Dukas (best known for being used in Fantasia’s soundtrack), César Franck’s violin sonata… and the more unusual Oboe sonata by Charles Koechlin, d’Indy’s “Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français”, and works by
Read more Chausson and Séverac. French melodies by Massenet, Duparc and Hahn, jazzy classical pieces of Darius Milhaud and Jean Wiéner, and great symphonic works by Poulenc and Roussel complete this compilation of 64 tracks and over 5 hours of music, all served by the greatest performers: Samson François, Michel Plasson, Jean Martinon, Alexandre Tharaud, Georges Prêtre, Anne Queffélec, Augustin Dumay, and more.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
2.
Etude(s) by Charles Valentin Alkan
3.
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
4.
Carnival of the animals: Excerpt(s) by Camille Saint-Saëns
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
5.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
6.
Boléro: Excerpt(s) by Maurice Ravel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
7.
L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
8.
Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 
9.
Notations (12) for Piano by Pierre Boulez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
10.
Chanson triste by Henri Duparc
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1868; France 
11.
Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Serge Baudo (Piano),
Philippe Dervaux (Bass Clarinet), Maggie Cole (Harpsichord), David Fray (Piano),
Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène

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