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dc.contributor.other Jules Massenet es
dc.contributor.other Orchestra of the Royal Opera House es
dc.contributor.other Colin Davis es
dc.coverage.spatial Tooting - London es
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-22T21:26:27Z
dc.date.available 1981
dc.date.available 2013-07-22T21:26:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2013-07-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3543
dc.description.abstract Today Jules Massenet is best known for the operas Manon and Werther and the solo violin Méditation, from Thaïs. During his lifetime, however, Massenet was one of the most prolific and celebrated operatic composers on earth. The public anxiously awaited his output, and Massenet became both wealthy and famous practicing his craft. His legacy endures because of his ability to create music which portrays the intimacy of human relationships and the emotions and conflicts that arise from them. His gift for melody is reflected in a variety of arias that are among the most beautiful in the French operatic repertoire. He was also a brilliant orchestrator, a skill which allowed him to capture the moods and colors of a wide variety of places and eras. In addition to opera, Massenet composed songs, oratorios, ballets and orchestral works, as well as chamber music and works for solo piano. Massenet was born in Montaud, France, to the family of a struggling metal worker. At the tender age of 10, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with famed operatic composer Ambroise Thomas. In 1863, Massenet won the Prix de Rome, a prize which allowed him to travel and study in Italy. There the young man experienced the sounds and textures of the region and began to compose in earnest. While in Italy, Massenet met Liszt, who introduced him to his future wife, Mademoiselle Sainte-Marie. Massenet's first opera, a one-act entitled La Grand' Tante (The Great Aunt), was produced (with only moderate success) at the Opéra-Comique in 1867. In 1877 Massenet's exotic opera Le Roi de Lahore (The King of Lahore) had a highly successful premiere at the Paris Opera, marking the beginning of his ascendancy as France's most prolific and celebrated operatic composer. In 1878, his former teacher, Thomas, invited him to become a professor at the Paris Conservatory. Massenet achieved considerable success as a teacher, influencing an entire generation of French composers, including Gustav Charpentier and the song composer Reynaldo Hahn. A highly prolific composer, Massenet worked continuously throughout his life, completing a great deal of music in addition to his 25 published operas. His approximately 250 songs often reflect the same melodic ingenuity and expressiveness that define his operatic works. Massenet composed several song cycles, including Poéme d'Avril (April Poem), which is often identified as the first French song cycle. Among the most famous of his solo songs are "Ouvre tes yeux bleus" (Open your blue eyes) and "Si tu veux, Mignonne" (If you wish it, sweetheart). The composer's First Orchestral Suite (originally entitled Symphony in F) premiered in 1867. This was the first of seven suites by Massenet, with programmatic subjects ranging from Alsace (Scènes alsaciennes, 1882) to Hungary (Scènes hongroises, 1871), and from Shakespeare (Scénes dramatiques, 1875) to Fairyland (Scènes de féerie, 1881). The most famous of his orchestral suites, Scénes pittoresques (Picturesque Scenes), was first performed in Paris during March of 1874. Massenet also composed several ballets, including La Cigale, Espada, and Les Rosati. In addition to Marie-Magdeleine, his oratorios include Ève (1875) and La Terre promise (The promised land, 1900). He wrote a considerable amount of incidental music for plays, including Sardou's Le Crocodile (1886) and Racine's Phèdre (1900). His only piano concerto was first performed in 1903 and receives occasional modern performances. © Robert Barefield, All Music Guide es
dc.description.tableofcontents CD 16-- Werther ; Prelude-- Act One : Assez! assez! M’écoutera-t-on cette fois?… Jésus vient de naître… bravo pour les enfants!… vivat bacchus (Le Bailli, Les enfants, Johann, Schmidt, Sophie, Werther), Je ne sais si je veille ou si je rêve encore… ô nature pleine de grâce (Werther), Jésus vient de naître!... charlotte! charlotte! ah! monsieur werther! arrivez donc brühlmann charlotte est prête (Les enfants, Werther, Charlotte, Le Bailli, Brühlmann, Käthchen, Sophie), Ô spectacle idéal d'amour et d'innocence… monsieur werther!... a ceux-là ne souhaitons rien!... vivat bacchus! (Werther, Le Bailli, Charlotte, Sophie), Sophie! Albert! Toi de retour? (Albert, Sophie), Ellem'aime... elle pense à moi!... quelle prière de reconnaissance et d’ amour (Albert) orchestral interlude, Il faut nous séparer… ah! pourvu que je voie ces yeux (Charlotte, Werther), Mais vous ne savez rien de moi mon âme a reconnu votre âme… vouz avez dit vrai! (Charlotte, Werther), Rêve! extase! bonheur!... charlotte! charlotte! albert est de retour! (Werther, Charlotte, Le Bailli)-- Act Two (Beginning) : Prelude vivat bacchus! Simper vivat! (Johann, Schmidt), Trois mois! voici trois mois que nous sommes unis! (Albert, Charlotte), Un autre est son époux!... si käthchen reviendra (Werther, Schmidt, Johann, Albert), Mais celle qui devint ma femme… vous l'avez dit : Mon âme est loyale (Werther, Albert), Frère voyez le beau bouguet!... du gai soleil plein de flame… heureux! pourrai-je l'être encoré?... du gai soleil (Sophie, Werther, Albert, Charlotte)-- CD 17-- Werther ; Act two (Conclusion) : Ah! qu'il est loin ce jour plein d'intime douceur… n'est-il donc pas d'autre femme ici-bas (Werther, Charlotte), Lorsque l'enfante revient d'un voyage avant l'heure… mais venez donc! Le cortège s’approche (Werther, Sophie, Charlotte, Albert)-- Act three : Prélude, Werther! werther... qui m'aurait dit la place que dans mon cœur il occupe aujourd’hui… ce lettres... ah! ie les relis sans cesse (Charlotte), Bonjour grande sœur! je viens aux nouvelles!... mais souffres-tu?... ah le rire est béni! (Sophie, Charlotte), Va! laisse couler mes larmes!... les armes qu’on ne pleure pas (Charlotte, Sophie), Ah! mon courage m'abandonne! (Charlotte), Oui c'est moi!... ourquoi cette parole amère?... traduire... ah! bien souvent mon rêve s'envola (Werther, Charlotte), ‘‘Pourquoi me réveiller ô souffle du printemps…’’ (Werther), N'achevez pas!... Ciel ai-je compris? (Charlotte, Werther), Ah! moi! moi! dans ses bras!... mais non c’est impossible… prends le deuil ô nature! (Charlotte, Werther), Werther est de retour (Albert, Charlotte)-- Act four Scene 1 : La nuit de noel, Scene 2 : Werther!... rien!... non! non! c'est Impossible! (Charlotte, Werther), Qui parle? (Werther, Charlotte), Oui du jour même (Charlotte, Werther), Noël! noël! noël! (Les Enfants, Charlotte, Werther, Sophie), Ah! ses yeux se ferment... sa main se glace! (Charlotte, Werther, Les Enfants)-- es
dc.format.extent 2 CD Stereo 4 3/4 plg es
dc.format.medium 1 CD Rom (63 min., 11 seg) ; 2 CD Rom (67 min., 13 seg) es
dc.language.iso en_US es
dc.rights Uninorte F.m Estéreo es
dc.subject.lcc 794046406 es
dc.subject.lcsh Operas es
dc.title Massenet Edition es
dc.title.alternative Werther Prélude Act I Act II Beginning es
dc.title.alternative Werther Act II Conclusion Act III Act IV es
dc.language.rfc3066 eng es
dc.rights.holder Decca Music Group Limited es
dc.identifier.classification 028947839637 es
dc.subject.cdu Mase.02 es


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