Saint-Saens - Music for the Prix de Rome | Glossa GCD922210

Saint-Saens - Music for the Prix de Rome

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD922210

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 10th January 2011

Contents

Artists

Julie Fuchs (soprano)
Marina de Liso (mezzo-soprano)
Solenní Lavanant Linke (mezzo-soprano)
Bernard Richter (tenor)
Pierre-Yves Pruvot (baritone)
Nicolas Courjal (bass)
Bart Cypers (horn)
Francois Saint-Yves (organ)
Flemish Radio Choir
Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Herve Niquet

Works

Saint-Saens, Camille

Choeur de Sylphes
Ivanhoe
Le Retour de Virginie
Motets au Saint Sacrement
O Salutaris, de la Messe, op.4 (extracts)
Ode

Artists

Julie Fuchs (soprano)
Marina de Liso (mezzo-soprano)
Solenní Lavanant Linke (mezzo-soprano)
Bernard Richter (tenor)
Pierre-Yves Pruvot (baritone)
Nicolas Courjal (bass)
Bart Cypers (horn)
Francois Saint-Yves (organ)
Flemish Radio Choir
Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Herve Niquet

About

Camille Saint-SaŽns and the Prix de RomeÖ surely a strange bringing together of ideas, given that the composer never gained that coveted award and consequently never took up residence in the famous Villa Medici? Saint-SaŽns entered the competition on two separate occasions, peculiarly in the history of the competition, 12 years apart: firstly in 1852 and then in 1864. On the first occasion he was still an adolescent, devoted to worshipping the memory of Mendelssohn; whilst by the time of the second occasion, he had several masterpieces under his belt, plus he had become acquainted with Verdi and Wagner.

If the music he composed for the competition in 1864 was not deemed worthy of being awarded a prize, perhaps that was due to it being full of a troubling and disquieting sense of modernity: there is clearly nothing that the cantata Ivanhoť need fear in a comparison with Il Trovatore.

Hervť Niquet, the Brussels Philharmonic and Glossa now present the second volume in their survey of music composed for the Prix de Rome, with the majority of such pieces being previously unrecorded and absolutely crying out to become much better-known.

Contents:
CD 1
- Ivanhoť (cantata, 1864)
- Le Retour de Virginie (cantata, 1852)

CD 2
- Ode (1864) Choeur de Sylphes (1852)
- Messe Op.4 (1857, extraits)
- Motets au Saint Sacrement

Recorded in Antwerp (Koningin Elisabethzaal), Heverlee (JezuÔetenkerk) and Brussels (Flagey) in Feb, March and Oct 2010.

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