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  • Performer: Truls Mork
  • Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
  • Composer: Jules Massenet
  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00J9SEVP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ouverture de Phèdre
2. Le Dernier Sommeil de la Vierge
3. Scènes pittoresques
4. Fantaisie
5. Overture to Le Roi de Lahore
6. Scène religieuse from Les Érinnyes
7. Suite de ballet from Le Cid
8. Entracte Sevillana from Don César de Bazan - Truls Mork/Orchestre De La Suisse Romande

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Jules Massenet has long been associated primarily with opera, while his orchestral works have gone unappreciated. This collection of overtures, ballet music, and concert pieces, each with its own unique orchestral colour, showcases Massenet's orchestral writing at its finest. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is conducted by its Music and Artistic Director, Neeme Järvi.

From the opening diminished seventh chord of the concert work Ouverture de 'Phèdre' it is clear that we are in a world of high drama. Commissioned in 1874 for performance in Paris, it is based on Racine's play of the same name. Written in the same year, but in complete contrast, is the Scènes pittoresques, full of a grace and elegance that is often reminiscent of Tchaikovsky. The 'Suite de ballet' from Le Cid evokes yet another sound world, one of exotic colours and exuberant celebration, its seven movements featuring dance music from different regions of Spain. Also featured on this disc are a number of works involving a solo cello, performed here by Truls Mørk, one of the pre-eminent cellists of our time. He shines a light on Massenet's littleknown Fantaisie for cello and orchestra, a fine piece rarely heard on disc or in the concert hall.

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The supreme operatic craftsman of the Belle Époque, Jules Massenet was a theatrical chameleon, able to lend each of his operas a unique musical colouring across a wide spectrum of historical and fictional settings. This new collection seems designed to show that his orchestral works are equally kaleidoscopic. Recording **** performance**** --BBC Music Magazine, July'14

A CD to warm the heart and lift the spirits. --Gramophone, Aug'14

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alastair D Orr on 29 July 2014
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Terrific playing and musical direction from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Neeme Jarvi. The ballet music from Le Cid has great style and swagger and the pieces for cello and orchestra, with Truls Mork, are beautifully played. A highly enjoyable CD. Looking forward to the next one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 19 Jun 2014
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Massenet was an influential figure in French music in the later 19c, but it is only when you hear this very well-played selection that you get some idea why. All credit to the authoritative Neemi Jarvi and the assured Suisse Romande; and credit too to Truls Mork for tackling the Fantaisie with such assurance, and making the listener feel that this piece does not deserve to be so obscure. The livelier music is played with enormous spirit, and benefits from the fine, vivid Chandos recording. A highly enjoyable disc.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Edward Barnes on 14 July 2014
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Lots of rarities here. Some better - more interesting than others - but the complete package is well worth a look.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Superb performance of splendid and rarely recorded works 23 July 2014
By Sara R. Harlow - Published on Amazon.com
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Jules Massenet is known primarily for his operas (e.g., Manon, Cherubin, Werther, Thais); indeed, he was the most acclaimed French opera composer in the generation following Gounod. Recordings of his orchestral works are few and far between. This outstanding recording must rank as one of the best. Massenet was a master of both melody and orchestration. I couldn't disagree more with the previous reviewer. I think that conductor Neeme Jarvi draws forth sublime performances from the very accomplished Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. They play with passion, precision, and real brio. The renound cellist Truls Mork, who features in three of the works (most notably Fantasie), shows himself to be a true virtuoso. The recorded sound of this release is also excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend this delightful disc to anyone who loves music of the Romantic era.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Marvelous Melodies 1 Oct 2014
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the longest CD that I have encountered at 81:30, and it contains a wealth of music by Jules Massenet. I was familiar with the suite of ballet music from Le Cid from other recordings but the majority of what is recorded here is not often recorded. The disc starts off with the colorful Spanish influenced dances from Le Cid, premiered in 1885. The seven dances were written for the prima ballerina of the day Rosita Mauri, who was also painted by many of the Impressionists and, although they have nothing to do with the heroic drama of the opera, they make a charming suite.

The short select titled Le Dernier Sommeil de la Vierge is the only surviving music from the opera La Vierge, which was a monumental flop. This except, however, is beautifully orchestrated and includes an expressive part for cello. This was a one of Sir Thomas Beecham’s favorite encores. The Overture to Le Roi de Lahore, a five act opera, was composed in 1876. The overture has great melodies and was praised by Tchaikovsky in a letter to Madame von Meck.

The Fantasie for Cello and Orchestra was premiered in 1898 in Monte Carlo by the work’s dedicatee Joseph Hollmann. The music is highly inspired and provides the soloist with a superb piece that has an excellent cadenza and colorful melodies. Trulis Mork gives a fabulous performance, making a case for hearing this work in the concert hall.

The Overture to Phedre was composed for the 1874 Pasdeloup Concerts. The overture is dramatic, romantic and expressive of the drama written by Racine, based on the play by Euripides. The overture was Debussy’s favorite among Massenet’s music. The Scene religieuse from the incidental music to the play Les Erinnyes (The Furies), based from the play by Aeschylus, was composed for a scene where Electra pours a libation over the tomb of her father. The music is meditative more than somber. And has a beautiful solo for cello.

The colorful Servillana from Don Cesar de Bazan is the entr’acte to Act 3 of the opera and was reworked as the Castillane dance from Le Cid. The final work is the Scenes pittoresques suite, composed in 1874. The first movement is a march, light in tone except for the brass adding a more characteristic punctuation. The elegant Air de Ballet was borrowed from Don Cesar de Bazan and the Angelus has religious tones with horns mimicking bells. The final movement is grand Fete boheme, a beautifully orchestrated polonaise with an elegant trio.

The performance by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is outstanding and beautifully engineered. It is good to have Neeme Jarvi making recordings with the Suisse Romande of such interesting repertory. If you like French music, in general, and Jules Massenet’s operas this is a great disc to have.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The more I listen to it the more I enjoy it! It is joyful music tastefully interpreted by ... 22 Aug 2014
By Musicman - Published on Amazon.com
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Massenet was a previously unknown composer for me. The recording is performed very well and the Chandos SACD sound is outstanding.. The more I listen to it the more I enjoy it! It is joyful music tastefully interpreted by Jarvi and orchestra. I am very pleased with my purchase.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Quality Massenet orchestral playing. 16 Sep 2014
By Bruce A. Mcdonald - Published on Amazon.com
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Massenet has been in the process of rediscovery for about 20 years ago, and deservedly. This recording of his orchestra music, superbly played, is highly enjoyable.
1 of 36 people found the following review helpful
One Star 22 July 2014
By RICHARD B MENIN - Published on Amazon.com
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poor orchestra
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