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Roi Nu / Les Demoiselles De La Nuit [Import]

J. Francaix Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B0007NLHMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 1. Fanfare
2. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 1. The dance of the
3. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 1. The king orders
4. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 2. The wondrous fab
5. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 2. The fabric is br
6. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 2. General admirati
7. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 3. The queen dances
8. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 3. The king is hear
9. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 3. Interlude for th
10. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 3. The garment is p
11. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 4. A ball in the th
12. Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes': Scene 4. Panic
13. Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh: Scene 1. Nocturne
14. Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh: Scene 1. Dance of
15. Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh: Scene 1. Entrance
16. Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh: Scene 1. Pursuit
17. Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh: Scene 1. Entranc
18. Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh: Scene 1. Entrance
19. Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh: Scene 1. Entrance
20. Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh: Scene 1. Entrance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Ballets June 3, 2005
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The two ballets on this disc represent Jean Francaix at his most humorous. This is the third disc in the series of Jean Francaix's orchestral music and once again demonstrates his ability to express musical ideas with wit and precision.

The ballet Le roi nu (The Naked King) was based on Hans Christian Anderson's The Emperor's New Clothes and was premiered in 1936 at the Paris Opera Ballet with Serge Lifar doing the corrriagraphy and dancing the role of the king. The ballet has been considered as Lifar's greatest achievement. The music is well-suited to the subject, colorful and expressive. The music tells the story perfectly, down to the laughter when the king, believing himself to be dressed to perfection, is found to be naked by the members of the court.

The other ballet on this disc, Les demoiselles de la nuit (The Ladies of the Night), is termed a ballet for cats in two scenes and was premiered in 1948. The action concerns several cats that mimic human behavior. The chief male cat named Baron de Grotius intends to wed a beautiful white kitten named Agathe; but she is in love with a human violinist. The marriage to the Baron takes place, provided with a nicely written procession and ceremony music. However, through her love of the violinist, Agathe becomes human herself but keeps falling back into her feline ways - most notably when she kills a bird. Agathe also has problems preventing herself from joining the nocturnal cavorting of her cat companions; the cats are chased by the violinist who falls to his death. The ballet ends with Agathe curling up next to the body of the violinist to show her devotion. Agathe was danced at the premiere by a young Margot Fonteyn. The ballet is evocative of moon-lit nights - a nocturne opens (and also closes) the first scene.
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Jean Françaix: Le roi nu; Les desmoiselles de la nuit is a 2004 Hyperion Records recording starring the Ulster Orchestra under the direction of Thierry Fischer. Here we get to hear music from two of Francaix's ballets. The first one being "The naked king" and the second one being "The ladies of the night". Calum Macdonald has written the music notes. A very light and airy recording that is truly delightful. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More lovely music March 31, 2013
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More lovely, tuneful music by a less know French composer. This is music you can hear over and over. Try it.
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