TH√ČODORE DUBOIS (1837-1924): Adonis, CLAUDE CHAMPAGNE (1891-1965): Hercule et Omphale, RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949): Don Juan, Op. 20, RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883): Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod, Prelude to Act III.

Catalogue Number: 03K005

Label: Analekta

Reference: AN2 9952

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: While flinging curses at the French-Canadian record label and their fledgling orchestra for the couplings, you can still enjoy the very strikingly dramatic and lyrical Adonis, a 1907 tone-poem in three parts covering the Death of Adonis, the Lament of the Nymphs (the lyrical part) and Adonis' Rebirth. Elements of Franck and other members of the French school combine with subtle Germanic influences in a 20-minute work you'll find very worthwhile. The Canadian Champagne was later to be known as a creator of a Canadian national style using indigenous folk music but this early (1916), 8-minute tone-poem is in pure late European Romantic style, interweaving "masculine" and "feminine" themes representing the title characters. Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne; Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

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