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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 2

Jules Massenet: Méditation from Thais
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra/Felix Slatkin
Michael Rabin, violin
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”
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Sir Colin Davis
Frederica von Stade, soprano; José Carreras, tenor
Werther
Philips 416 654; 3:46

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

Jules Massenet: Manon / Act 2: “Adieu, Notre Petite Table”
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano; Roberto Alagna, tenor
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!”
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Sir Colin Davis
José Carreras, tenor; Frederica von Stade, soprano
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, tenor; Erik Werba, piano
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
London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
Janet Baker, mezzo soprano
Ravel: Shéhérazade; Schumann, Chausson, Duparc, Et Al / Baker, Et Al
EMI 68667; 4:31

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

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

Henri Duparc: “Au Pays Où Se Fait La Guerre”
London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
Janet Baker, mezzo soprano
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, mezzo soprano; Bengt Forsberg, piano
Mots D’Amour
DG 471331; 5:35

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

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

Episode 4

Ernest Chausson: Chausson: Poème, Op. 25
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/Izler Solomon
Jascha Heifetz, violin
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
Suisse Romande Orchestra/Ernest Ansermet
Orchestral Works
Eloquence 467443; 12:39, 22:49

Episode 5

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

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

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

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