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Bizet: L'arlésienne Suites, Symphonie En Ut / Pons, Et Al


Release Date: 07/10/2007 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951675   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the rate things disappear from the catalog nowadays it's possible that this entry will have vanished by the time you read this review. If so, too bad, because there are people out there who will really like these performances. They are slower than average on the whole and occasionally executed with a most delicious delicacy and nuance that, I think, never cross the line into preciousness. Perhaps some will lose patience with the Adagietto of L'Arlésienne, which moves rather slowly for my taste—I'd prefer something more chaste and restrained (in the play it accompanies the frustrated reminiscences of two would-be lovers). Some may be uncomfortable with the slow tempo Josep Pons uses for the bouncy middle section of the Pastorale; I Read more found it seductive and playful, though it's not the only way one can do the music. The balance between the competing themes in the Farandole is nearly ideal. As for the Symphony, it receives a relaxed but very pointed and shapely performance. Once again, one admires the delicacy and rhythmic bounce Pons and his players bring to the music. On just a few occasions, the delicacy backfires and some motifs get their tails lopped off, but it's a price I'll willing pay for so nuanced and intelligent a performance. Definitely worth a hearing, if you can manage it.

-- James Miller, FANFARE [5/2000]
reviewing the original release of this title, HM 901675
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Works on This Recording

1.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
2.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
3.
Symphony in C major by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 

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