Les Cinq Plus

January 1, 2019, 7:00 pm

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This week’s theme: French composers from the generation before Les Six (Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger, et al), and we are fondly calling our composers Les Cinq Plus. Like Les Six, our composers did not have a great deal in common, and the way they all have been grouped is an historical accident — artists who happened to inhabit a particular locale at a given time. A few of these composers shared some characteristic traits, but they were incidental, and the artists didn’t even care much for each other. Unlike Les Six, Les Cinq Plus grew up listening to the art songs of the 1800s, and each in their way, carried this romantic torch forward. Chabrier, Massenet, Duparc, Chausson, Dukas, and perhaps Satie as “L’Autre.”

Playlist

Episode 1

Paul Dukas: Fanfare Pour La Péri
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre National De L’ORTF
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre national de France; Paul Dukas
RCA Victor 9026 68802 2; 2:10

Emmanuel Chabrier: Dix Pièces Pittoresques – 6. Idylle
Alain Planès
Œuvres Pour Piano • Piano Works
HMC 901465; 3:27

Emmanuel Chabrier: Larghetto
David Jolley, Samuel Sanders
Villanelle; French Mastersworks for Horn David Jolley
AR 26724 6678 2; 10:04

Emmanuel Chabrier: Gwendoline – Overture
John Eliot Gardiner: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Chabrier • Espana
DG 447 751 2; 8:32

Emmanuel Chabrier: Dix Pièces Pittoresques – 9. Menuet Pompeux
Alain Planès
Œuvres Pour Piano • Piano Works
HMC 901465; 6:09

Emmanuel Chabrier: Le Roi Malgré Lui – Fête Polonaise
John Eliot Gardiner: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Chabrier • Espana
DG 447 751 2; 7:21

Maurice Ravel: À La Manière De… Chabrier
Alain Planès
Œuvres Pour Piano • Piano Works
HMC 901465; 2:14

Emmanuel Chabrier: España
Ernest Ansermet: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Chabrier: España
Decca SXL 6168; 7:07

Episode 2

Jules Massenet: Méditation from Thais
Michael Rabin; Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra: Felix Slatkin
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra; Strings by Starlight
EMI 63660; 5:21

Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 – “Il faut nous séparer” – “Ah! Pourvu que je voie ces yeux”
Frederica von Stade and José Carreras and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden and Sir Colin Davis
Werther
Philips 416 654; 3:46

Jules Massenet: Piano Concerto – I Andante moderato – Allegro non troppo
Aldo Ciccolini; Sylvain Cambreling: Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Massenet: Piano Music
EMI Classics 85517; 14:26

Jules Massenet: Manon / Act 2: “Adieu, Notre Petite Table”
Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna
Duets & Arias
EMI Classics 7243 5 56117 2 7; 2:09

Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 “Oui, c’est moi!” – “Pourqoi cette parole” – “Traduire …Ah!”
José Carreras & Frederica von Stade & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Sir Colin Davis
Werther
Philips 416 654; 5:09

Jules Massenet: Le Cid Ballet Suite
London Symphony Orchestra & Robert Irving
Massent: Le Cid Ballet; Robert Irving, London Symphony
Decca LXT 2746; 17:49

Episode 3

Henri Duparc: Chanson triste, Op. 2/4
Nicolai Gedda/Erik Werba
Lieder-Recital
EMI 65352; 2:45

Henri Duparc: Extase
CZECH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Leopold Stokowski
Stokowski Encores
London SPC 21130; 3:05

Henri Duparc: L’Invitation Au Voyage
Janet Baker; André Previn: London Symphony Orchestra
Ravel: Shéhérazade; Schumann, Chausson, Duparc, Et Al / Baker, Et Al
EMI 68667; 4:31

Erik Satie: 3 Gymnopédies – 1. Lent Et Douloureux
Michel Legrand
Erik Satie by Michel Legrand
Erato 4509 92857 2; 4:03

Erik Satie: Sonatine Bureaucratique
1. Allegro 2. Andante 3. Vivace
Michel Legrand
Erik Satie by Michel Legrand
Erato 4509 92857 2; 3:01

Henri Duparc: “Au Pays Où Se Fait La Guerre”
Janet Baker; André Previn: London Symphony Orchestra
Songs With Orchestra / Poeme De L’Amour Et De La Mer
Angel s 37401; 5:30

Cécile Chaminade: Sérénade Espagnole, Op. 150
Rondeau, Op. 97, Capriccio, Op. 18
Nils Erik Sparf, violin, Bengt Forsberg, pianoforte
Mots D’Amour
DG 471331; 10:04

Cécile Chaminade: “Villanelle;” “Alleluia;” “Attente”
Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
Mots D’Amour
DG 471331; 5:35

Erik Satie: Sports Et Divertissements – Le Tango, Sports Et Divertissements – Le Feu D’Artifice
Michel Legrand
Erik Satie by Michel Legrand
Erato 4509 92857 2; 1:15

Erik Satie: Petite Fille Americaine; Rag -Time Du Paquebot
Maurice Abravanel: Utah Symphony Orchestra
The Complete Ballets of Erik Satie
Vanguard OVC 4030; 4:24

Episode 4

Ernest Chausson: Chausson: Poème, Op. 25
Jascha Heifetz; Izler Solomon: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Heifetz / Bruch, Concierto Nº 2 / Wieniawski, Concierto Nº 2
RCA 3L16248; 13:22

Ernest Chausson: Symphony No 1
1. Lent – Allegro Vivo; 2. Tres Lent, 3. Anime
Ernest Ansermet: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Orchestral Works
Eloquence 467443; 12:39, 22:49

Episode 5

Paul Dukas: Fanfare pour La Péri
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre National De L’ORTF
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre national de France; Paul Dukas
RCA Victor 9026 68802 2; Excerpt :48

Paul Dukas: Symphony In C – 3. Allegro Spiritoso
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre National De L’ORTF
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre national de France; Paul Dukas
RCA Victor 9026 68802 2; 10:35

Paul Dukas: Villanelle
David Jolley, Samuel Sanders
Villanelle; French Mastersworks for Horn David Jolley
AR 26724 6678 2; 6:03

Paul Dukas: La Péri
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre National De L’ORTF
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre national de France; Paul Dukas
RCA Victor 9026 68802 2; 18:03

Paul Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-bleue; Act I; “Prenez-les! – Penchez-vous!”
Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie, Rundfuk Chor,
Gary Bertini, Marily Schmiege, Roderick Kennedy
Paul Dukas; Ariane et barbe-bleue
Capriccio 7112; 3:11

Paul Dukas: L’Apprenti Sorcier
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre National De L’ORTF
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre national de France; Paul Dukas
RCA Victor 9026 68802 2; 11:42