ALFRED BRUNEAU (1857-1934): L’Attaque du moulin - Suite, Prelude to Act I of Naïs Micoulin, from Messidor: Prelude to Act IV and Tableau I - La Légende de l’or from Act III.
Catalogue Number: 11U008
Description: A pupil of Massenet, Bruneau was largely responsible for introducing realism into French opera. His friendship with the writer Emile Zola, who shared his desire for theatrical naturalism, strongly informed his work, not least “The Attack on the Mill” a “drame lyrique”. The suite includes rustic elements, but also Mascagni-like verismo beauty tempered by a Gallic palette. Bruneau was a deft orchestrator with a taste for exotic color, and the excerpts from Messidor - the Tableau is a half-hour long - show the influence of Wagner on one of the most important but overlooked figures in turn-of-the-century French musical life. NOTE: The repertoire duplicates a 1994 Marco Polo release (now out of print), but this is a new recording. Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; Darrell Ang.