Massenet - Le Cid-Ballet Music, Scenes Pittoresques - Louis Frémaux
Jules Massenet: "Le Cid" Ballet Music and "Scènes pittoresques"
The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Louis Frémaux
1 LP, standard sleeve
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33 RPM
Size : 12'’
Record Press : Pallas
Label : Speakers Corner
Original Label : EMI Columbia
Recording: 1971 by Stuart Eltham
Production: Brian Culverhouse
Originally released in 1971
Reissued in 2020
Side A : LE CID- ballet music
Side B : Scenes Pittoresques
- Air de ballet
- Fete Boheme
- The Last Sleep Of The Virgin From "La Vierge"
One often looks in vain for the name Jules Massenet in the more popular concert guides. But once you have listened to these enchanting miniatures, you will doubtless agree that the French composer should not be absent from any musical guide. The ballet suite to the four-act opera "Le Cid" from 1885, which lauds the Spanish heroes in the war against the Moors, consists of a series of traditional dances from various regions of the Iberian Peninsula. Scintillating melodies sparkle with lively motion right from the very first in the series of dances, "Castillane".
This is followed by a series of highly contrasted little movements whose characteristics cover a wide range of expression – from crashing and robust in the "Aragonaise", via bright, warbling and whistling in the "Aubade", and on to the symphonic and lyrical "Catalane". The suite is brought to an end with the fresh and joyous "Navarraise" in a short and vibrant Finale.
Massenet’s perfected art of orchestration is well demonstrated in the "Scènes pittoresques", which begins with a march-like, processional dance, followed by an "Air de Ballet", a gently swirling movement filled with strains of interweaving woodwinds. After the bell-like, pastoral "Angélus" we hear the rich sound of bold fanfares in a lively final dance entitled "Fête bohème", which is certainly worthy of its name.
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