Massenet Edition [23-CD Set]

Release Date: 7/3/2012
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B001693202
Composer: Jules Massenet
Number of Discs: 23

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
August 13, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Jules Massenet (born 12 May 1842).

Massenet is best-known for his operas and this set contains his two most famous - Manon and Werther as well as rarer works which owe their modern revivals and recordings during the 1970s to the advocacy of Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge.

Richard Bonynge has been a lifelong champion of Massenet and his reference-status recordings of the ballets are included as an integral element in this edition. He also features as an accompanist to Huguette Tourangeau in a widely-admired but long out of print recording of a selection of Massenet Songs.

The 140-page booklet includes full cast lists of the operas and detailed track lists.

Opera critc and writer George Hall has written an article on Massenet's life and works.

Richard Bonynge also contributes a personal note on his discovery and love of Massenet's music.

A CD-ROM contains the opera libretti and Song texts with translations.

This comprehensive 23-CD set with a wealth of glorious music is a must for all Massenet fans and lovers of French music alike.
Works on This Recording
1. Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
Performer: Michèle Command (Soprano), Régine Crespin (Soprano), Gabriel Bacquier (Bass), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Kazimierz Kord
Period: Romantic
Written: 1910 ; France
2. Suite for Orchestra no 7 "Scènes alsaciennes" by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1882 ; France
3. Esclarmonde by Jules Massenet
Performer: Louis Quilico (Baritone), Clifford Grant (Bass), Ian Caley (Tenor), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor), Robert Lloyd (Bass), Graham Clark (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Ryland Davies (Tenor), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; France
4. Manon by Jules Massenet
Performer: Gérard Souzay (Baritone), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano), Michel Trempont (Bass), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Michele Raynaud (Soprano), Nico Castel (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Helia T'Hezan (Mezzo Soprano), Gabriel Bacquier (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Julius Rudel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884 ; France
5. Le jongleur de Notre-Dame by Jules Massenet
Performer: Stefano Antonucci (Baritone), Richard Rittelmann (Baritone), Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Marco Di Sapia (Baritone), Evgueniy Alexiev (Bass)
Conductor: Enrique Diemecke
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montpellier National Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; France
6. Le roi de Lahore by Jules Massenet
Performer: Gareth Morrell (Tenor), David Wilson-Johnson (Bass), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Luis Lima (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), John Tomlinson (Bass Baritone), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), James Morris (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
7. Thaïs by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Yves Abel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
8. Thérèse by Jules Massenet
Performer: Louis Quilico (Baritone), Neilson Taylor (Tenor), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Ryland Davies (Tenor), Alan Opie (Baritone)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907 ; France
9. Werther by Jules Massenet
Performer: Linda Humphries (Soprano), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Robert Lloyd (Bass), José Carreras (Tenor), Malcolm King (Bass), Isobel Buchanan (Soprano), Paul Crook (Tenor), Donaldson Bell (Bass), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; France
10. Le Cid: Ballet music by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; France
11. Le carillon by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; France
12. Cigale by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1903 ; France
13. Werther: Act 4 Prelude "Le nuit de Noël" by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Albert Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; France
14. Suite for Orchestra no 7 "Scènes alsaciennes" by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Albert Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1882 ; France
15. Suite for Orchestra no 4 "Scènes pittoresques" by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Albert Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; France
16. Phèdre: Overture by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Albert Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; France
17. Chérubin: Viva amour "Aubade" by Jules Massenet
Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor: John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903 ; France
18. Chérubin: Air de Nina by Jules Massenet
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903 ; France
19. Les Erinnyes: Invocation by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; France
20. La Navarraise: Nocturne by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
21. Chérubin: Act 3 Entr'acte by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
22. Ariane: Lamento d'Ariane by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
23. La Crépuscule by Jules Massenet
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1872 ;
24. Cendrillon: Orchestral Suite - Marche des Princesses by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
25. Cendrillon: Que mes soeurs sont heureuses by Jules Massenet
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ; France
26. Manon: Ballet music by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884 ; France
27. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
28. Le roi de Lahore: Ballet music by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
29. Hérodiade: C’est sa tête que je réclame by Jules Massenet
Performer: Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
30. Hérodiade: Il est doux, il est bon by Jules Massenet
Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor: John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; France
31. Pensée d'automne by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; France
32. Oh! si les fleurs avaient des yeux by Jules Massenet
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
33. Nuit d'Espagne by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872 ; France
34. Les yeux clos by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Reginald Kilbey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; France
35. Le Cid: Pleurez, mes yeux! by Jules Massenet
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; France
36. Fantasie for Cello and Orchestra by Jules Massenet
Performer: Jascha Silberstein (Cello)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; France
37. Ce que disent les cloches by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1900 ; France
38. Amours bénis by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ; France
39. Poème d'amour: no 4, Puisqu'elle a pris ma vie by Jules Massenet
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Richard Bonynge (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; France
40. Le petit Jésus by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1899 ;
41. Souvenance by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1897 ;
42. L'âme des fleurs by Jules Massenet
Performer: Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Bonynge (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1891 ;
43. La mélodie des baisers by Jules Massenet
Performer: Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Bonynge (Piano)
Period: Romantic
44. Pitchounette by Jules Massenet
Performer: Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Bonynge (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1897 ;
45. L'eventail by Jules Massenet
Performer: Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Bonynge (Piano)
Period: Romantic
46. Je t'aime by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1893 ;
47. Les amoureuses sont des folles by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1902 ;
48. Printemps dernier by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ;
49. Poème d'octobre: no 4, Roses d'octobre by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; France
50. Sérénade d'automne by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
51. Souhait by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1880 ;
52. Elle s'en est allée by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1895 ; France
53. Les yeux clos by Jules Massenet
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Richard Bonynge (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; France
54. Pensée d'automne by Jules Massenet
Performer: Richard Bonynge (Piano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; France
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