JULES MASSENET (1842-1912): Espada, AMBROISE THOMAS (1811-1896): Overture to Raymond, DANIEL-FRANÇOIS-ESPRIT AUBER (1813-1888): Overture to Fra Diavolo, FRANÇOIS-ADRIEN BOIELDIEU (1775–1834): Overtures to Le Calife de Bagdad and La Dame blanche, LÉO DELIBES (1836-1891): Scène du bal and Vieille from Le Roi s’amuse.

Catalogue Number: 03W003

Label: Chandos

Reference: CHAN 20151

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: A delightful program of lesser-known stage music from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with the longest (a half-hour) being Massenet’s one-act ballet from 1908. Set in Spain, the work clearly owes more than one idea to Bizet’s Carmen (‘The Card Game’ and ‘March of the Toreadors’, for example), but musically and orchestrally it is pure Massenet. Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi.

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