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Ernest Ansermet: French Music [Box set, Import]

Orchestre De La Suisse Romande Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 32
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00DT2322E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY

PRINTEMPS / PRÉLUDE À L APRÈS-MIDI D UN FAUNE / NOCTURNES / LA MER / RAPSODIE POUR CLARINETTE / IMAGES / JEUX / KHAMMA / DANSE / LE MARTYRE DE SAINT SÉBASTIÉN / SIX ÉPIGRAPHES ANTIQUES / MARCHE ÉCOSSAISE / LA BOITE À JOUJOUX / PETITE SUITE / CLAIR DE LUNE / PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE (1952-1964)

MAURICE RAVEL

PAVANE POUR UNE INFANTE DÉFUNTE / VALSES NOBLES ET SENTIMENTALES / ALBORADA DEL GRACIOSO / RAPSODIE ESPAGNOLE / LA VALSE / LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN / TZIGANE / BOLÉRO / DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ (1065) / MA MÈRE L OYE / TWO PIANO CONCERTOS / DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ (SUITE NO.2) / SHÉHÉRAZADE / DEUX MÉLODIES HÉBRAÏQUES / TROIS POÈMES DE STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ / L HEURE ESPAGNOLE / L ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

DANSE MACABRE / SYMPHONY NO.3 / LE ROUET D OMPHALE

HECTOR BERLIOZ

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE / LE CORSAIRE / LE CARNAVAL ROMAIN / BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT / BENVENUTO CELLINI, OP.23 (OUVERTURES) / LA DAMNATION DE FAUST (THREE EXCERPTS) / LES NUITS D ÉTÉ / SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE (REHEARSAL)

CÉSAR FRANCK

SYMPHONY IN D MINOR / LE CHAUSSEUR MAUDIT / LES EOLIDES

GEORGES BIZET

CARMEN / L ARLÉSIENNE / LA JOLIE FILLE DE PERTH (SUITE) / PATRIE (OUVERTURE) / SYMPHONY IN C MAJOR / JEUX D ENFANTS, OP.22

JACQUES OFFENBACH

ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS / LA BELLE HÉLÈNE (OUVERTURES)

FERDINAND HÉROLD

ZAMPA (OUVERTURE)

LÉO DELIBES

COPPÉLIA (BALLET COMPLET) / SYLVIA (SUITE)

ÉDOUARD LALO

NAMOUNA / DIVERTISSEMENT / RAPSODIE NORVÉGIENNE / SCHERZO POUR ORCHESTRE / LE ROI D YS (OUVERTURE) / SYMPHONIE ESPAGNOLE

GABRIEL FAURÉ

REQUIEM / PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE / MASQUES ET BERGAMASQUES (SUITES) / PÉNÉLOPE (PRÉLUDE)

EMMANUEL CHABRIER

HABANERA / ESPAÑA / SUITE PASTORALE / JOYEUSE MARCHE

AMBROISE THOMAS

MIGNON RAYMOND (OUVERTURES)

DANIEL AUBER

LE DOMINO NOIR - FRA DIAVOLO (OUVERTURES)

ERNEST CHAUSSON

SYMPHONY IN B FLAT

ALBERT ROUSSEL

SYMPHONY NOS 3, 4 / LA FESTIN DE L ARAIGNÉE / PETITE SUITE POUR ORCHESTRE

ARTHUR HONEGGER

UNE CANTATE DE NOËL / SYMPHONIES NOS. 2, 3, 4 / PACIFIC 231 / LE ROI DAVID

PAUL DUKAS

L APPRENTI SORCIER / LA PÉRI

ALBÉRIC MAGNARD

SYMPHONY NO.3

FRANK MARTIN

CONCERTO FOR 7 WIND INSTRUMENTS, TIMPANI, PERCUSSION AND STRING ORCHESTRA / ÉTUDES FOR STRING ORCHESTRA / PETITE SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE / CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA / IN TERRA PAX

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DEC 4807898; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French master. 1 May 2014
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This set is a very extensive survey of 20th century French music and if nothing else will introduce purchasers (myself included) to several previously unknown pieces. There are the well known works from Ravel (Bolero, Rapsodie Espagnole, Daphnis etc) and Debussy (La Mer, Nocturnes, Jeux etc) but also pieces from Lalo, Ambroise Thomas, Roussel and Alberic Magnard which are not so common these days. It's all good stuff however!
In the early days of stereo these recordings were the only ones available for much of this repertoire. Reviews in the Stereo record guide of 1960 of some of them were generally very good in terms of performance and sound. The sound stands up pretty well today actually but there are limitations at the frequency extremes of bass and treble. Where these performances score highly is in character, with a flavour of French authenticity. Sometimes the orchestral playing is not perfect but Ansermet seems to bring out all the colour in the scores. The Dutoit, Montreal versions of many of these works are better recorded and played but I find Ansermet the more engaging interpreter. The pungent sound of some of the woodwind playing is not heard in modern orchestras (for better or worse) but here it does not sound out of place.
This set is excellent value for money and may be the last chance to get some of these Ansermet recordings on CD. Universal in Italy should be congratulated for such a splendid gift to French music lovers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ansermet - A Sublime Soundscape of French Music 20 Feb 2014
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This set is an excellent introduction to 19th/20th century French Composers as well as the art of Ansermet as a conductor including the L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Collectors will probably take pleasure in filling up holes in the Ansermet sections of their shelves as his recordings have been somewhat hard to access lately (although the Australian Eloquence label has put forward a fair number of Ansermet's recordings over the last decades) . My own interest in Ansermet (seemingly a mythical figure in terms of a conductor) and a wish to spend more time in the French soundscape made it relatively easy to invest in this set. Besides the humble cost of about 1.5 GBP per disc is a small fee for entering this realm of music. The recordings are mostly from the mid 1950s to early 1960s. The sound is quite good and I have no complaints so far. I thought it was odd that the set included two versions of Debussy's opera 'Pelleas et Mellisande', but I suspect Decca must have had a good reason. Most of the 32 discs are dominated by composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Bizet, Berlioz, and Saint-Saens (about 20 of the 32 discs). However, the remaining 12 discs contain an array of works by Lalo, Chabrier, Faure, Chausson, Roussel, Honneger, Magnard, Martin, Arnold, Offenbach, Dukas and Delibes. This set from Decca-Italy is definitely a wonderful opportunity to explore pieces that one normally would not acquire. I am relatively new to French music (beyond Debussy and Ravel) so this is a gold mine for me in terms of exposure to unusual pieces as well as new composers. For example - I very much enjoyed Debussy's "Le martyre de Saint Sebastian" - a work I had never encountered before, but now listened to with great interest. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A veritable treasure-trove of French music 13 April 2014
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This is one of the best bargains I've bought for a long, long time - ca. £38 for 32 CDs with some of the best recordings of French music that you'll find on disc.

Back in the days of vinyl Ansermet's recordings were my introduction to a great deal of French (and Russian) repertoire - aided by Decca's outstanding production, Ansermet had an unerring knack of being able to make his recorded performances sound spontaneous and perfectly paced. The very French sound of the Suisse Romande Orchestra might jolt some listeners who are accustomed to the svelte performances of many of these works by US and other European orchestras, but for me they perfectly match Ansermet's humane and subtle readings - try the samples online of Ravel's La Valse or Le tombeau de Couperin.

I should also mention the mono recording of Pelleas et Melisande from the early 1950's with Suzanne Danco as Melisande - I had never gone to the trouble of listening to this before, believing that the sound would be too "boxy", but am bowled over by the clarity and quality of both the voices and the orchestra. This is far more than a mere historical document.

Looking forward to the next Ansermet box which will collect together his recordings of Russian music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my best box set. 7 April 2014
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Ernest Ansermet is without any doubt the best interpreter of " la musique franÁaise" and much more. This box set is a dream come true, having all his recording of the French composers in a box set. Everything on the CDs are as good as expected, the sound quality is amazing. With the Bernstein Symphony Edition and the Bruno Walter The Edition this on top of my favorite box set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packaging review... mostly 3 Feb 2014
By D. Altschuler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I got this today, haven't heard it yet, and you probably do not need my opinion of the recordings, so here is some useful information:

As stated, it's Ansermet's FRENCH music recordings only (all of them as far as I know). Mono recordings constitute about 20% of the contents, including one of the two complete Debussy "Pelleas & Mellesande" sets; 2 CDs each.
It's all music except for one CD of the '67 "Symphonie Fantastique" rehearsal.

The booklet is ONLY a track list (timings for each track, not CD totals), a 5 pg. essay, and recording data at the end that would have been more useful integrated into the track lists. No sung texts, of course.
My only complaint is that the track info is ONLY IN THE BOOKLET. It would have cost Decca about $15 to print at least the first track number for each work for each CD, either on the printed CD envelopes or the CD labels.
Decca would have saved money, actually, by putting each CD in a generic white unprinted envelope, but printing that starting track number of each work on the label. The booklet will last longer and is less likely to get lost if you don't need it for every audition of every single work!
Are these boxes produced by people who never listen to classical music? I fear so.
That complaint out of the way, it's a solidly made clam shell box, looks like you expect it to and the price is reasonable.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ansermet - A Sublime Soundscape of French Music 20 Feb 2014
By Moonfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This set is an excellent introduction to both French Composers and the art of Ansermet as a conductor including the L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Collectors will probably take pleasure in filling up holes in the Ansermet sections of their shelves as his recordings have been somewhat hard to access lately. My own interest in Ansermet (seemingly a mythical figure in terms of a conductor) and a wish to spend more time in the French soundscape made it relatively easy to invest in this set. Besides the humble cost of about two dollars per disc is a small fee (the current price in the UK) for entering this realm of music. The recordings are mostly from the mid 1950s to early/mid 1960s. The sound is quite good and I have no complaints so far. I thought it was odd that the set included two versions of Debussy's opera 'Pelleas et Mellisande', but I suspect Decca must have had a good reason. Most of the 32 discs are dominated by composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Bizet, Berlioz, and Saint-Saens (about 20 of the 32 discs). However, the remaining 12 discs contain an array of works by Lalo, Chabrier, Faure, Chausson, Roussel, Honneger, Magnard, Martin, Arnold, Offenbach, Dukas and Delibes. This set from Decca-Italy is definitely a wonderful opportunity to explore pieces that one normally would not acquire. I am relatively new to French music (beyond Debussy and Ravel) so this is a gold mine for me in terms of exposure to unusual pieces as well as new composers. For example - I very much enjoyed Debussy's "Le martyre de Saint Sebastian" - a work I had never encountered before, but now listened to with great interest. It is likely that one will acquire additional recordings of music one really enjoys, but a set like this one allows for an affordable first encounter. Besides, I have always wanted to listen more to Ansermet's renditions of Ravel and Debussy. I took some time to list the content below as I had a difficult time finding disc specific information on the internet. I hope that allows you to get a feel for the specific content in this box. My experience is that sets like this one either goes up in price very quickly or (even worse) goes out of print. It seems to be a temporary issue from Decca Italy (just like the current Richter box [Solo Recordings]) so grab it while you can. Highly recommended!

BOX DETAILS: The box is a large clamshell made of sturdy cardboard. Each cd is inserted into a cardboard sleeve (all identical on the front cover apart from indicating the number of the cd). The back of each sleeve contains cd#, composer, names of the pieces as well as artists (no separate track indicators nor time stamps). The surface of each cd shows cd# as well as the names of the composers for each disc (nothing else in terms of information]. No texts or libretti are included. No photos. The pamphlet (36pgs) includes the content on each cd with tracks, times, artists, ensembles and recording dates as well as a 5 pg essay about Ansermet written by Massimo Rolando Zegna in English and Italian.

CONTENTS: (The orchestra in all the recordings is L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande unless stated otherwise - only cd 13 has a different orchestra)

CD 1
DEBUSSY
Printemps [1957]
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune (1957) [Pepin - flute]
Nocturnes [1957] [Choeurs de la Suisse Romande]
La Mer [1964]
Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestra [1964] (Gugholz - clarinet]

CD 2
DEBUSSY
Images pour orchestra [1961]
Jeux [1958]
Danse [1958]

CD 3
DEBUSSY
Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian [1954]
(Danco/ Waugh/ Montmollin/ Union Chorale de La Tour-de-Peilz)
Six Epigraphes Antiques [1953]
Marche Ecossaise [1955]

CD 4
DEBUSSY
La Boite a joujoux (1957)
Petite Suite (1961)
RAVEL
Pavane pour une infant defunte (1961)
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1960)
Alborada del gracioso (1960)

CD 5-6
DEBUSSY
Pelleas et Melisande (1952)
(Danco /Mollet /Rehfuss /Vessieres /Bouvier /Wend /Olsen)

CD 7-8
DEBUSSY
Pelleas et Melisande (1964))
(Spoorenberg/ Maurane/ London /Hoekman /Veasey /Bredy /Shirley-Quirk /Kubrack)

CD 9
RAVEL
Rapsodie espagnole (1957)
La Valse (1963)
Tzigane, rapsodie de concert (1959) [Ricci]
Bolero (1963)
DEBUSSY
Clair de lune

CD 10
RAVEL
Daphnis et Chloe (1965)
(Choeurs de la Radio Romande Lausanne/ Charlet)
Ma mere l'oye, suite (1957)

CD 11
RAVEL
Piano concerto in D Major for the left hand (1953) (Blancard - piano)
Piano concerto in G major (1953) (Blancard - piano)
Daphnis et Chloe (1960) - suite no 2
SAINT-SAENS
Danse macabre (1952)

CD 12
RAVEL
L'enfant et les sortileges (1954)
(Wend/ Montmollin/ Touraine/ Migliette/ Danco/ Bise/ Bobillier/ Cuenod/ Mollet/ Lovano)
Sheherazade (1955) (Pepin -flute)
Deux melodies hebraiques (1955)
Trois poems de Stephane Mallarme (1955) (Danco - soprano)

CD13
RAVEL
L'heure espagnole (1953)
(Danco/ Derenne/ Hamel/ Rehfuss/ Vessieres)
Bolero (1954) [Paris Conservatoire Orchestra]
La valse (1953) [Paris Conservatoire Orchestra]

CD14
BERLIOZ
Symphonie fantastique (1967)
Le Corsaire (1967)
Le Carnaval romain (1964)
Beatrice et Benedict - ouverture (1967)

CD 15
SAINT-SAENS
Symphony No 3 (1962) (Segon - organ)
BERLIOZ
Le damnation de Faust (1964)
Benvenuto Cellini - Ouverture (1964)
SAINT-SAENS
Le Rouet d'Omphale (1962)

CD 16
BERLIOZ
Les nuits d'ete (1963) (Crespin - soprano)
Symphony fantastique (rehearsal - 1967)

CD 17
FRANCK
Symphony in D minor (1961)
Le chasseur maudit (1961)
Les Eolides (1967)

CD 18
BIZET
Carmen - suite (1958)
L'Arlesienne (1958)
Patrie - ouverture (1954)

CD 19
BIZET
Symphony in C major (1960)
Jeux d'enfants (1960)
La jolle fille de Perth -suite (1960)
OFFENBACH
Orphee aux enfers - ouverture (1960)
La belle Helene - ouverture (1960)
HEROLD
Zampa - ouverture (1960)

CD 20
DELIBES
Coppelia - ballet (1957)

CD 21
DELIBES
Coppelia - continued
Sylvia - suite (1959)

CD 22
LALO
Namouna (1966) [Cuvit - trumpet/ Pepin - flute]
Divertissement (1966)
Rapsodie norvegienne (1966)
Scherzo pour orchestra (1966)
Le Roi d'Ys (1960)

CD 23
LALO
Symphonie espagnole (1959) [Ricci - violin]
CHABRIER
Habanera (1955)
FAURE
Requiem (1955)
(Danco/Souzay/Schmidt (organ)/ L'Union Chorale de la Tour de Peilz/ Mermoud)

CD 24
CHABRIER
Espana (1964)
Suite pastorale (1964)
Joyeuse marche (1964)
Danse slave (1964)
Fete polonaise (1964)
THOMAS
Mignon - ouverture (1960)
Raymond - ouverture (1960)
AUBER
Le domino noir - ouverture (1960)
Fra Diavolo - ouverture (1960)

CD 25
CHAUSSON
Symphony in B flat (1967)
FAURE
Pelleas et Melisande - suite (1962)
Penelope - prelude (1962)
Masques et bergmasques - suite (1962)

CD 26
ROUSSEL
Symphony No 3 in G minor (1956)
Symphony No 4 in A major (1956)
Le festin de l'araignee (1954)

CD 27
HONEGGER
Une cantata de Noel (1961)
(Mollet/ Choeur des Jeunes Lausanne/ Choeur de Radio Lausanne/ Le Petit Choeur du College de Villamont)
Symphony No 2 (1961)
ROUSSEL
Petite suite pour orchestra (1954)

CD 28
HONEGGER
Symphony No 3 ("Symphonie liturgique") (1968)
Symphony No 4 ("Deliciae Basilienses") (1968)

CD 29
HONEGGER
Pacific 231 (1963)
DUKAS
L'apprenti sorcier (1958)
La Peri (1963)
MAGNARD
Symphony No 3 in B flat minor (1968)

CD 30
HONEGGER
Le Roi David (1956)
(Danco/ Montmollin/ Martin/ Hamer/ Audel/ Choeur des Jeunes de l'Eglise National Vaudoise)

CD 31
MARTIN
Concerto for 7 wind instruments, timpani, percussion and string orchestra (1961)
Etudes for string orchestra (1961)
Petite symphonie concertante (1951)
(Jamet - harp/ Vaucher-Clerc - harpsichord/ Rosslaud - piano)

CD 32
MARTIN
Concerto for violin and orchestra (1955) (Schneiderhan - violin)
In terra pax (1963)
(Buckel/ Hoffgen/ Haefliger/ Mollet/ Stampfli/ Union Chorale & Choeur des Dames de Lausanne/ Mermoud)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Sorcier lui-mÍme 19 Jun 2014
By Quinton Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Even in the mid 1960s when my early childhood interest in lps mostly expressed itself in cover adoration and disc destruction my late father described his Ansermet discs as really old and sounding that way. Thus a recent encounter with a splendidly sounding Ansermet Falla recording included in the first Decca Sound box came as a very pleasant surprise. Based on Ansermet's well documented mastery of the French repertoire and the hope that this box would match the Falla disc sonically, its purchase represented a no-brainer. Prospective buyers can expect a diverse collection of French works in ideal interpretations. Unfortunately, the sound quality of some of the older discs leaves a lot to be desired.

This box contains 32 well filled discs. The presentation is bare bones, with a small booklet that provides track listings, soloists and recording dates. Prices of this box have shown wild fluctuations, and comparing sites pays off. I ordered the box at Amazon Germany and had it US delivered for under $63.

The technical quality of the recordings varies greatly. The recordings from the late sixties are highly acceptable, those of the early fifties show their age to the point of entering the Furtwangler universe. Those in between are very listenable, especially since the musicianship makes one easily forget the sonics. Yet, as interesting as e.g., the Ravel Piano Concertos may be, their poor sound quality excludes them from any top 10, or top 100 lists.

When it comes to the interpretations, it is hard to find a conductor who masters this broad a repertoire at this high a level. Charles Dutoit has been a contemporary champion of this music, but to me does not really belong in the Ansermet category. Charles Much would be a better candidate, but even he is not a match for Ernest's breadth.

The most striking experience of listening to this box is the freshness of the interpretations. While it's clear that Ansermet had this material in his DNA and was familiar with every nook and cranny of the scores, things sound unstudied and spontaneous. His sense of color, phrasing and timing are so attuned to this repertoire that any other interpretation pales by comparison. As much of a von Karajan fan as I am, comparing his Arlesienne Suites to those of Ansermet is downright comical. They sound stiff, undynamic, heavy, and as good as the BPO is, its orchestral color palette is completely wrong for this repertoire.

Importantly, works like the Bizet and Franck symphonies each get their own character, without turning into the all too common neo-classical and late romantic symphonies with added French flavoring, respectively. There are too many examples that invite singing Ansermet's hosanna, so let me conclude with a relative rarity: Magnard's 3rd Symphony. I had greatly enjoyed Ossonce more recent recording of all 4 Magnard symphonies and then listened to Ansermet. This is not just an interpretation of another dimension, but of an entire universe. It's epic, but light, tightly structured yet spontaneously living in the moment. There is a "key sense" with adjustments in phrasing and timbre through modulations that is uncanny. Yet, there is never any sense of imposing anything on composer or composition.

Those looking for state-of-the-art sound may not find everything in this box to their liking, those grailing for definitive performances of the French repertoire have reached their destination.
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