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  • Orchestra: Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Hervé Niquet
  • Composer: Emmanuel Chabrier
  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00003GAA3
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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España - Joyeuse marche - Suite pastorale - Habanera - Danse slave & Fête polonaise tirés de l'opéra "Le Roi malgré lui" - Lamento - Prélude pastoral - Joyeuse marche / Jean-Marc Jordan, cor anglais - Orchestre Symphonique de Monte-Carlo, dir. Hervé Niquet

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2013
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Chabrier was one of several nineteenth century French composers whose destiny is to be far too easily overlooked. It`s usually the Austro-German, Russian and Italian repertoire which comes in for the most respect and admiration, which is not only a shame but an injustice.
The eight orchestral pieces gathered on this exemplary hour-long Naxos disc show a mastery of orchestration (a trait among so many French composers, eg. Ravel, Bizet, Debussy) and a lyrical bent that is utterly disarming. Herve Niquet conducts with exactly the requisite amount of both boisterous joie de vivre and, in the less flamboyant works, elegiac lyicism.
Espana is arguably Chabrier`s best-known orchestral work, and it opens this 1997 recording in fine style. Then come the variety of moods of the Suite Pastorale, followed by the wonderful Habanera and uplifting Dance Slave and Fete Polonaise from his opera Le Roi Malgre Lui.
The then-recently discovered Lamento is appropriately mournful, while the softer sound world is continued in Prelude Pastorale.
The finale of this hugely enjoyable disc is the brief and aptly named Joyeuse Marche.
I can only compare this selection to one by Gardner and the VPO. The humble Naxos offering (which also has the better choice of pieces) beats the mighty VPO hands down. There are times in the latter`s playing when one can`t help feeling they are playing by rote, however sumptuous the sound they make, whereas the Monte Carlo players sound like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves. Sometimes you need to find the right musicians for particular composers and their works.
Most, if not all, of the orchestral music by Chabrier you are likely to need is here, played as well as on almost any other recording. Don`t hesitate - especially at the price.
Idyllic music from a modest French master.
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Chabrier is one of a long line of distinguished French composer/orchestrators and the Monte Carlo orchestra seem to me to be the ideal band to be playing it. There are still vestiges of the typical French sound one encountered as a matter of course fifty years or so ago. French horns sounding frequently like saxophones did not appeal to me then but there is no sign f that here.
If this CDis still available(mine was a second hand one), you wont go far wrong if you want to savour the work(all to little unfortunately) of this composer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Chabrier's Confections 12 July 2007
By Joshua Grasso - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been listening to Paray's celebrated recording of Chabrier's orchestral works for over a decade, so it was time for a change. This compilation looked promising, as it presented the familiar repertoire with two important additions--the largely unknown Lament for English horn and orchestra, and the Prelude pastoral. If nothing else, I would have two rarities to add to my collection.

After a handful of listens, I have returned the Paray collection to its case. Jean-Marc Jordan's account with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic captures the sheer joy and sensuous color of Chabrier's orchestral art. While Paray is masterful, sometimes his disc is a little abrasive and narrow; these accounts are more spacious, and at times a bit more slow, letting Chabrier's gorgeous melodies unfold. His most famous piece, Espana, is given a beautiful performance, fiery and colorful, playing up its picture postcard aspects, while highlighting its sheer originality. Yet the true masterpiece of this collection is the Suite Pastorale, based on his Scenes Pittoresques for piano. This is the best version I've ever heard; the poetry shines through in the opening "Idylle," which may be my favorite French orchestral miniature. The melody is so charming and wistful, yet it has such personality--only Chabrier could have written it. This is contrasted by the rambunctious "Danse villageoise," with its remarkable clarinet opening. A lullaby follows, the utterly captivating "Sous-bois," which is then concluded by the breathtaking "Scherzo-valse," which the orchestra plays to the hilt. A remarkable performance on every level.

The rest of the disc is just as successful, particularly as it offers some out-of-the-way repertoire. We have the two staples of most Chabrier collections, the dances from "Le Roi malgre lui," the Dance slave and the Fete Polonaise. Spot-on performances and great attention to detail; not even Offenbach could write such infectious dance tunes. Then we have the gorgeous orchestration of his famous piano miniature, "Habanera." I had only heard the piano version, and was amazed to hear it transcribed so masterfully (by Chabrier, no less); its origin is completely masked by Chabrier's skill in clothing the familiar melody in a unique orchestral garb (it almost sounds like a different piece). The famous Joyeuse marche is played with gusto, and again, is among the best versions I've heard. The two new pieces are very worth getting to know: the Lament is the odd piece out in this collection, as it is pure melody, and a little less characteristic of Chabrier; nevertheless, it's a gorgeous piece, using the English horn effectively in dialogue with the orchestra (though the piece sounds less like a lament than a gentle elegy). The Prelude pastoral is a major piece--dramatic, ambitious, and somewhat Wagnerian. The notes don't tell me much about the piece's origin, though it sounds like it could have come from an opera, as it has some affinity with his overture to Gwendolyn.

Brilliant job Naxos for issuing this wondeful compilation. My only qualm is the time: at 60'42, you could have made room for the overture to Gwendolyn (which Paray plays magnificently), the orchestration of Bouree fantastique, and/or the Larghetto for horn and orchestra (which I've never even heard). Oh well, another disc?
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Evocative and delighting 10 Jun. 2006
By Newton Ooi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD of Chabrier's orchestral works is a delightful compilation of classical music. Chabrier was a composer of the romantic period of classical music, and his music portrays this; it is strong in melody and fills the listener with delight. The middle pieces remind this listener of a horseback ride thru a bucolic village in Southwestern Europe. Being lighthearted in tone, the music is nice and lively and features multiple instruments. It is sure to entertain without boring any to sleep like some other classical pieces.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This Chabrier fellow was good! 25 April 2011
By J.C. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Would definitely buy again. A really nice performance of some excellent pieces. I knew Espana was great but was surprised that I preferred the opera pieces. Docked one star because the slower pieces like the Lamentoso drag on too long, and the liner notes are not very informative. But for the low price, it is definitely worth it to have this CD of some excellent red-blooded Romantic Era classics. Chabrier strikes me as kind of a Theodore Roosevelt macho type. The sound quality is excellent with a big, rich full sound.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
fluffy 10 July 2011
By John Feesey - Published on Amazon.com
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Joyful,light,insouciant almost.And who does not like a little elegant fun in music every so often?I buy albums several at a time,then after months of listening figure out what I like from those selections and go from there.When that time comes this survey album is sure to be a gateway into more French period music works.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
bright and good humoured 10 Jan. 2006
By A. G. Plumb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For short pieces with a bright and colourful attitude, it is hard to go past the music of Chabrier. The mix of pieces on this CD is varied and thoroughly enjoyable.

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