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Massenet: Orchestral Suites Nos. 4-7

Jules Massenet , Jean-Yves Ossonce , New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Scenes pittoresques, "Suite No. 4": I. Marche 3:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Scenes pittoresques, "Suite No. 4": II. Air de ballet 2:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Scenes pittoresques, "Suite No. 4": III. Angelus 4:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Scenes pittoresques, "Suite No. 4": IV. Fete boheme 4:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Scenes napolitaines, "Suite No. 5": I. La danse 3:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Scenes napolitaines, "Suite No. 5": II. La procession 4:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Scenes napolitaines, "Suite No. 5": III. La fete 4:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Scenes de feerie, "Suite No. 6": I. Cortege 5:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Scenes de feerie, "Suite No. 6": II. Ballet 3:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Scenes de feerie, "Suite No. 6": III. Apparition 4:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Scenes de feerie, "Suite No. 6": IV. Bacchanale 2:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Scenes alsaciennes, "Suite No. 7": I. Dimanche matin 6:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Scenes alsaciennes, "Suite No. 7": II. Au cabaret 4:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Scenes alsaciennes, "Suite No. 7": III. Sous les tilleuls 4:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
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  • Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jean-Yves Ossonce
  • Composer: Jules Massenet
  • Audio CD (July 18, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000144Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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During the late 19th century in France, composers either wrote for the theater (opera or ballet) or they wrote nothing at all. Chamber music and music for orchestra was comparatively rare right up until the turn of the century. Only in the 1880s did Auguste Franck and Camille Saint-Saëns write symphonies that gave later French composers a model for the form, and such lively early works as Georges Bizet's single Symphony had to wait more than 80 years for a first performance. That makes these colorful, lively suites by Jules Massenet all the more unusual, and they deserve a much wider exposure in today's concert halls. As you can hear for yourself, they are charming, tuneful, and not a minute too long. --David Hurwitz

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Tunes + Great Orchestration = A Winning Disc June 15, 2007
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It's rare that so-called "light" music has strong lyricism, careful construction, and impeccable orchestration; but this is certainly the case in Massenet's 7 Orchestral Suites. Each one is a delight, extremely memorable even on a first hearing, but offering up fresh delights with each subsequent airing. Ossonce breaks them up over two discs, filling out the first with the ballet music to Herodiade. He is the perfect conductor for this music, which demands to be played colorfully, assertively, and without any false pretenses. He makes you believe in this music, and though I have heard another recording of Suites 4 and 7, this is definitely the one to buy.

This disc covers suites 4-7, which are slightly more mature and concise than the previous ones, though they are all cut from the same cloth. These are all character sketches, somewhat picture postcard, and highly theatrical. This is certainly the case in the Scenes napolitanies, Suite No.5, which captures the vivacity and exoticism of Naples as viewed by a foreign student (I believed Massenet traveled there in his youth). Suite No.6, Scenes de feerie, sounds a lot like his Suite No.3, Scenes Dramatiques (on Disc 1), which was drawn from incidental music from productions of Shakespeare's plays. Here, though the only explicit content is "fairyland," he conjures a bold, magical world that could complement A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Winter's Tale, or The Tempest. Particularly interesting is the movement "Apparition," which shows his mastery of orchestral color.

The two mastepieces are Suites 4 and 7, Scenes pittoresques and Scenes alsaciennes respecitvely. In Suite No.4, Massenet offers us his most original melodies, clothed in orchestration that, like Tchaikovsky or Ravel, makes every note "sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended December 11, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've never understood the point of making a distinction between serious and light music;there may be a difference, but often too much is made of it.If music has the capacity to transport us,then the distinction becomes meaningless.In any case,I think it's vital to our experience of music to distinguish between our subjective impressions of music and it's ability to move us in the deepest way possible.As for this CD(and it's companion CD on naxos)the music is beautifully crafted,performance and enginering are first-rate,and the price is low
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5.0 out of 5 stars Massenet: Orchestral Suites January 7, 2013
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I heard one played on Sirus XM and had to have more. The entire CD is exciting music and I enjoy it very much.
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