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Jacques Mercier conducts French Masterworks


Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985470862  
Composer:  Georges BizetClaude DebussyCamille Saint-SaënsAlfred Bruneau,   ... 
Performer:  Marie-Ange TodorovitchJean-Luc MauretteFrançois Le RouxGaële Le Roi,   ... 
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ile de France Regional ChorusNational Orchestra d'Ile de FranceBrighton Festival Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Orchestre national d’Île-de-France amassed an impressive discography of late 19th-century French music under former music director Jacques Mercier, and this collection of ten CDs brings together many little-known or undervalued works. Several discs of sacred vocal music include compositions by the likes of Gounod and Saint-Saëns (including his Requiem) and vocal soloists include Nathalie Dessay, Françoise Pollet, Véronique Gens and François Le Roux. Other discs explore the music of Roussel, Schmitt (his Sallambô suites, given a “splendid performance” – Gramophone) and Bruneau, and Bizet’s rarity Djamileh is performed complete. Rounding out the collection is Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint Read more Sébastien. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Djamileh by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Marie-Ange Todorovitch (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Luc Maurette (Tenor), François Le Roux (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ile de France Regional Chorus,  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 66 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Le martyre de St Sébastien by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gaële Le Roi (Soprano), Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano), Katalin Varkonyi (Mezzo Soprano),
Michaël Lonsdale (Speaker)
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brighton Festival Chorus,  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
3.
Requiem, Op. 54 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jean-Luc Viala (Tenor), Magali Chalmeau-Damonte (Mezzo Soprano), Jacques Amade (Organ),
Francoise Lieutaud (Harp)
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
4.
Requiem by Alfred Bruneau
Performer:  Sylvie Sullé (Mezzo Soprano), Marie Saint-Palais (Soprano), Jean-Luc Viala (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
5.
Lazare by Alfred Bruneau
Performer:  Laurent Naouri (Baritone), Marie Saint-Palais (Soprano), Sylvie Sullé (Mezzo Soprano),
Françoise Pollet (Soprano), Jean-Luc Viala (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France,  Choeur Régional Vittoria d'Ile de France
6.
La lyre et la harpe, Op.57 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Didier Henry (Baritone), Daniel Galvez-Vallejo (Tenor), Hélène Perraguin (Soprano),
Françoise Pollet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France,  Choeur Régional Vittoria d'Ile de France
7.
Rêverie by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
8.
Le pas d'armes du Roi Jean by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; France 
9.
La cloche by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1855; France 
10.
Deux choeurs, Op. 53: no 1, Chanson de grand-père by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
11.
Salammbô: Suite by Florent Schmitt
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
12.
Psalm XVIII, op. 42 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Françoise Pollet (Soprano), Francoise Lieutaud (Harp), Magali Chalmeau-Damonte (Mezzo Soprano),
Jean-Luc Viala (Tenor), Mario Hacquard (Baritone), Bernard Delétré (Bass),
Roselyne Cyrille (Alto), Nicolas Rivenq (Baritone), Philippe Cantor (Baritone),
Jacques Amade (Organ)
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France,  Choeur Régional Vittoria d'Ile de France
13.
Suite for Orchestra in F major, Op. 33 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
14.
Petite Suite, Op. 39 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 
15.
Padmâvatî, Op. 18: Suite no 2 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924 
16.
Padmâvatî, Op. 18: Suite no 1 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924 
17.
Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
18.
Poèmes chinois (2) by Albert Roussel
19.
Poèmes (4), Op. 8: no 1, Adieux by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
20.
Odes anacréontiques (3), Op. 31 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  François Le Roux (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; France 
21.
Mélodies (2), Op. 20 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
22.
La ménace, Op. 9 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
23.
Bacchus et Ariane, ballet, Op. 43 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: Modern 
Written: 1930; France 

Customer Reviews

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 Elegant Anthology April 3, 2018 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This fine 10-CD collection contains a variety of French works which probably are not that well known outside of France, but nevertheless absolutely qualify as 'masterworks.' One will probably immediately note the absence of such premiere composers as Berlioz and Ravel. I didn't find this to be any sort of weakness, as the pantheon of French composers included here is of extremely high quality, and includes Saint-Saens, Roussel, Bizet, Debussy, and Schmitt, among others. Another interesting characteristic is the total absence of the leading orchestral forms- symphony, concerto, overture, etc. Instead, the emphasis is on choral works, ranging from 19th century sacred French arias to requiem masses to a one-act comic opera to a narrated choral piece by Debussy, The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastien. These are accompanied by several orchestral suites, all tied together in a well-conceived compilation of compelling and meritorious music. Conductor Jacques Mercier seems to have a natural affinity for the combination of orchestra and chorus, in the manner that Robert Shaw had during his illustrious career. His oversight and direction of the excellent Orchestre national d'Ile-de-France and the outstanding group of soloists and choirs is consistent and sympathetic throughout the entire set, which by the way runs for over 11 hours. In short, this is a very high quality collection, which should be attractive to all classical music lovers. Sony's very modest price is a further plus, and therefore I give this set a solid thumbs up." Report Abuse
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