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Massenet: Scenes Dramatiques, Scenes De Féerie, Etc


Release Date: 12/26/2007 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 45858   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jules Massenet
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 41 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Massenet's orchestral works are shamefully neglected. If you like, say, Tchaikovsky's ballet suites, then you should love this richly scored, wonderfully tuneful music. Dramatic Scenes is fascinating in that its finale features a march theme curiously similar to that in the finale of Sibelius' Third Symphony. Fairy Scenes is French Mendelssohn with sexier scoring, while The Last Sleep of the Virgin is one of those yummy bits of sugary fluff that only a French composer could take so seriously, and execute so flawlessly.

These are handily the best versions of these works available (not that there are many). Once upon a time John Eliot Gardiner was an up-and-coming conductor with what sounded like genuine talent. This was before
Read more he got hooked on the period-instrument cult, was dumped by Universal, and took revenge (just on who remains controversial) by embarking nonetheless on his egomaniacal "Bach pilgrimage", a conceptually silly enterprise dedicated to the discographically redundant recording of all the Bach cantatas in different, often acoustically miserable churches across Europe. So enjoy this disc, available "on demand" from Arkivmusic.com and ponder what might have been.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 "Scènes dramatiques" by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1978 
Venue:  Salle Garnier, Monte-Carlo 
Length: 19 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 6 "Scènes de féerie" by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1978 
Venue:  Salle Garnier, Monte-Carlo 
Length: 17 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
La Vierge: Dernier sommeil de la Vierge by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1978 
Venue:  Salle Garnier, Monte-Carlo 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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