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Joseph Canteloube

Biography

Born: October 21, 1879; Annonay, France   Died: November 4, 1957; Gridny, Seine-et-Oise, France  
Most notable as an arranger of French folk songs, Canteloube is unfortunately overlooked as a composer of original music. He is primarily remembered for the Chants d'Auvergne (1930-1932), four sets of folk songs for voice and piano or orchestra, widely enjoyed for their color, naturalistic beauty, and charm.

When Canteloube began his studies with d'Indy at the Schola Cantorum in Paris in 1901, he soon showed a preference and talent for
Read more composing nature music, especially music that described the landscape of his native region, the Auvergne. He decided to seek inspiration and stimulus in folk song (as had d'Indy before him). Thus began his lifelong task of traveling throughout France to collect and arrange folk songs. Well into the 1940s, Canteloube busied himself with collecting songs and arranging them for choral, quartet, or solo voices with pianoforte or orchestra. Meanwhile he continued to produce original compositions, but as an arranger of folk music he was generally more successful. His other regional song arrangements include songs from Catalonia, Alsace, Angoumais, Languedoc, Touraine, and the Basque region. He served as editor of the Anthologie des chants populaires français (1939-1944).

Outside of his prolific work in folk song, Canteloube's most ambitious projects were two operas which were both produced by the Paris Opéra. The first, Le mas (1910-1913) won him the lucrative Prix Heugel in 1925. Apparently the production was not received well, for the work was never revived. This did not discourage Canteloube, for he began work the following year on Vercingétorix (1930-1932), a nationalist opera celebrating the birth of French national unity. Composed to a libretto by E. Clémental and J. Louwyck, it was produced by the Opéra on June 22, 1933, to little acclaim. Like his first opera, Vercingétorix is said to have lacked a theatrical sense. Vercingétorix was the first opera ever to use the ondes martenot (an electronic keyboard instrument developed in the 1920s by French musician Maurice Martenot) in the orchestra. Both operas show Canteloube's patriotism. One of Canteloube's last notable efforts was, interestingly, not a musical piece, but a biography of d'Indy (1951). He was active as a composer into the 1950s Read less
Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne 2 / Gens, Calais, Baudo
Release Date: 10/30/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570338   Number of Discs: 1
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Canteloube: Chants D'auvergne Excerpts / Gens
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 5110065   Number of Discs: 1
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Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne / Gens, Casadesus, et al
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557491   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    The Ultimate Lullaby Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466358 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Princess Te Rangi Pai  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Lucia Popp,  Norma Burrowes,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Cinema Classics 11
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 556631 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Umberto Giordano,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Csaba Onczay,  Bertalan Hock,  Jénö Jandó,  Giorgio Lamberti  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Richard Edlinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 78.
    Renée Fleming - The Beautiful Voice
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458858 Release Date: 02/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Antonín Dvorák,  José Maria Cano  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Clive Greensmith,  Paul Willey,  Osian Ellis  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 79.
    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne Vol 2 / Upshaw, Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 17577 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Emmanuel,  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Canteloube: Songs Of The Auvergne / Von Stade, Almeida
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 63063 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Canteloube: Chants D'auvergne / Te Kanawa, Tate, English Co
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 444995 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Lynn Harrell,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Lynn Harrell,  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lynn Harrell Instrumental Ensemble,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Eleanor Steber In Concert (1956-58)
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 12/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Strauss,  Joseph Canteloube,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Biltcliffe,  Eleanor Steber
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  • 83.
    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne / Upshaw, Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 96559 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Canteloube-bailly: Chants D'auvergne / Martin, Kantorow
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 75862 Release Date: 05/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Marvis Martin
    Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auvergne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Music Of The World - France - La Douce France
    Label: Imp Discover The Classics   Catalog: 22 Release Date: 10/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
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  • 86.
    Walton - Music From The Olivier Films - Henry V / Plummer, Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8892 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Joseph Canteloube,  Anonymous,  Giles Farnaby
    Performer:  Christopher Plummer,  Ian Watson,  Celia Nicklin
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Westminster Cathedral Choir
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  • 87.
    Canteloube: Songs Of The Auvergne, Villa-lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 / Moffo, Stokowski
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7831 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Anna Moffo
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Twentieth Century Classics / Marriner, Academy Of St Martin
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420155 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 89.
    Sweet Dreams - Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Grieg, Et Al
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 44998 Release Date: 09/12/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Eugene Ormandy,  Percy Faith,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Percy Faith & His Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    100 Best Adagio Voices
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64292 Release Date: 09/22/0009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Toby Spence,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Taverner Players  ... 
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