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The French Romantic Experience
rec. 2008-19, various locations
No sung texts provided
BRU ZANE BZ2001 [10 CDs: 732.54]

The Palazzetto Bru Zane institute is undoubtedly doing sterling work researching, discovering and promoting French music heritage of the Romantic period. I look forward to its releases with relish. To mark its ten years rediscovering and recording French Romantic music from the period 1780-1920 Bru Zane has released The French Romantic Experience – a ten CD set with over twelve hours of music. In total the collection contains one hundred and thirty-one different extracts taken from the following categories: opera, operetta and café-concert, cantata, sacred, orchestral, concertante, chamber, piano and mélodie. Recently I have reviewed several opera and operetta releases in this Bru Zane series, and I can attest to the high quality of both the performances and recordings, some of which are contained on this release; a limited edition of four thousand copies.

Propagating the spirit of exploration that personifies the Bru Zane label the collection comprises of specially chosen extracts from lesser known works ranging from famous composers – including Bizet, Gounod, Massenet and Saint-Saëns – to rarely heard works from unfamiliar composers such as Dietsche, Joncières, Lemoyne and Toulmouche. All recorded between 2008-19, these extracts are those either released on Bru Zane or produced in collaboration with partnership labels since 2009: Aparté, Glossa, Alpha Classics, Erato, Ambroisie Naïve, Ricercar, Zig-Zag Territoires, CPO, Musicales Actes Sud, Mirare, L’Empreinte Digitale, Ligia Digital, Timpani, La Dolce Volta, Decca, Grand Piano and Chandos. This is an ideal method for auditioning and choosing rare operas and other vocal works; a voyage of discovery applies to the other genres too. I don’t normally enjoy albums containing portions of chamber, concertante and orchestral music, yet as these excerpts are taken from predominantly unfamiliar scores it works splendidly for trying out works.

Contained on CD 1 is French Opera (1780-1830). These are the early years of ‘Romanticism’, although this title hadn’t yet become established at the time. Several operas had entered the repertoire of the Paris Opéra but selected here are a mix of arias, duets, trios, quartets, etc., taken from works that are generally unfamiliar to me. Most of the names I know: Mozart, Cherubini, Méhul, Spontini, Grétry, Salieri but although I have heard of Cherubini’s Lodoïska, the only opera I know well is Spontini’s Olimpie. A real curiosity is the finale to act one from Lachnith’s Les Mystères d’Isis an adaptation with French text of Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte. CD 2 is French Opera (1830-1900) which mainly covers the period around 1830-1850 sometimes referred to as ‘Golden Age’ for French grand opera. Paris was the centre of the opera world, attracting composers from all over Europe. The choice of entertainment in Paris was extensive and for example in 1834 some thirty theatres were operating. Grand Opéra, Opéra Comique and Operetta were in vogue, and fame and fortunes were made. Paris attracted great European opera composers such as Rossini (Guillaume Tell), Donizetti (Dom Sebastien, Les martyrs, Lucie de Lammermoor, La favorite), Verdi (Les Vêpres siciliennes, Don Carlos) and Wagner (Tannhäuser) who all prepared operas for the Paris stage. It was Verdi who used the phrase ‘La Grande Boutique’ to describe the Paris Opéra. Here the renowned opera composers Meyerbeer, Halévy, Gounod, Saint-Saëns and Massenet are represented by lesser known works and there are pieces from unfamiliar composers such as Dietsch, Godard and Joncières. An excerpt from Gounod’s Faust, one of the most successful operas ever written, might seem totally out of place with this Bru Zane theme of discovery. What we have, however, is the Finale de la prison scene from the 1859 version, which could be described as the ‘first’ Faust presented in four acts, with spoken French dialogue and complete with several of the numbers that were later removed or changed. As so many French opera composers wrote opéras comiques there must be a vast number still to discover.

The Opéra bouffe, a type of late nineteenth-century French Operetta (and Café-Concert) is included on CD 3. This lighter music of an amusing character has been unfashionable for many decades, experiencing what is described in the notes as ‘grievous oblivion’. In truth the only composers here that I have encountered are Messager and Offenbach with others such as De Rillé, Toulmouche and the composer known as Hervé (né Florimond Ronger) vanishing from sight altogether. CD 4 is devoted to the Cantata. In 1803 the founding of the Prix de Rome was to become a significant award for music students in France. Prize winners obtained a scholarship to Rome. It was a fertile breeding ground for the composition of Cantatas. Bru Zane has released a number of Cantata recordings many taken from rediscovered manuscripts in libraries. Cantatas are often one of least known aspects of a composer’s output, even those by names as familiar as Saint-Saëns, Dukas, Debussy, Bizet and Gounod. Not surprisingly there are also extracts of Cantatas here from names new to me, as Gouvy, Boisselot and Wormser.

Sacred music is the category contained on CD 5. In France the Roman Catholic Church was the main impetus behind the composition of sacred music, as the church authorities commissioned a wealth of works such as masses, motets, oratorios, requiems and organ music. Having recently looked at the extensive list of sacred works written by Gounod alone, I wonder at the extent of this genre remaining to be explored. Not surprisingly, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass and Fauré’s Requiem, such widely celebrated works, are absent here. In addition to sacred works by Cherubini, Gounod, Saint-Saëns and Massenet there are also works by Dubois, David and Tombelle. On CD 6 there is a selection of Orchestral music. The symphonies of Franck, Bizet and Saint-Saëns overshadow French Romantic orchestral works and contained here are movements from rarely heard symphonies by Dubois, Reber, Hérold, Godard and a movement from Tombelle’s orchestral suite No. 1. Also included is an opera overture from David, concert overtures from Gouvy and Dukas, and the Danse espagnole from Gounod’s opera Le Tribut de Zamora. The well-known Concertante music for violin, piano and cello from famous composers like Saint-Saëns, Chausson, Debussy and Fauré have been omitted on CD 7 to concentrate on much rarer repertoire. Represented are movements from works that I am hearing for the first time by Gouvy, Jaëll, Dubois and Hérold. Lalo’s most commonly heard concertos for violin and for cello are omitted but he is represented by a movement from his piano concerto.

A selection of Chamber music is contained on CD 8, a genre which struggled to gain a foothold in France until the later decades of the nineteenth century. In 1871 Saint-Saëns co-founded the Société Nationale de Musique, which was influential in promoting chamber music in France and encouraging young French composers. Members of the society included names such as Fauré, Duparc, Lalo, Franck and Massenet.

A quartet movement from the prolific Onslow is included as are quartet movements from David and Franck. Less familiar composers Gouvy, Castillon, Reicha, Tombelle are represented here as are Cras and Godard whose chamber works are recent discoveries for me and that I consider hidden gems. On CD 9 there are thirteen examples of Solo Piano music, a fascinating mix of short and more substantial pieces. Franck, represented by his exceptional Prélude from his Prélude, aria et final, Alkan with 30 ans: Quasi-Faust from his Grande sonate, Les quatre âges, and Gounod with his La Veneziana (Barcarolle) are probably the most familiar names. Obscure but certainly interesting are the contributions from Reicha, Gouvy and Jaëll. Completing the collection is CD 10, which concerns the Mélodie, a type of French art song. The mélodie may be the French counterpart to the German Lied but despite the renown of text authors that include Victor Hugo, Paul-Marie Lamartine, Théophile Gautier and Paul Verlaine, its popularity has certainly been overshadowed and much of it languishes in obscurity. Works by Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Dukas and Gounod are included here together with lesser encountered composers, including Reicha, Godard, Jaëll, Tombelle and Lili Boulanger. The first thirteen mélodies are written for voice and piano, with the final six scored for voice and orchestra.

With these French language works the best-known singers include star sopranos Diana Damrau and Véronique Gens (who performs on several of the operas and cantatas) and admired tenor Michael Spyres. Up and coming sopranos Jodie Devos and Elsa Dreisig appear on some of the selections too. The orchestras include renowned exponents of French repertoire: Orchestre national de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio Franc, as well as period instrument specialists: Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski, Les Talens Lyriques under Christophe Rousset, Les Siècles under François-Xavier Roth and Le Concert Spirituel under Hervé Niquet. Another first-rate orchestra appearing is the Münchner Rundfunkorchester with conducting duties undertaken by Ulf Schirmer, Hervé Niquet, Laurent Campellone and David Reiland.

Originally, I intended to mention my highlights on each of the ten discs but practically this doesn’t work, as there are far too many magnificently sung and played discoveries to list. These chosen selections are top-drawer, serving as mouth-watering portions of the full works. Clearly there are numerous discoveries still to be recorded and this set has probably only scratched the surface. Nevertheless and surprisingly, there is nothing on the set from prolific opera composers Adam, Auber and Delibes and there’s a complete absence of ballet music, a genre in which for example Adam was very active. I hope it isn’t too long before hearing more of Halévy’s substantial opera output. Breton Jean Cras is represented here by a cello and piano piece, which has whetted my appetite to hear more of his music. Appearing a number of times on this set, I have to single out French soprano Véronique Gens who is in simply stunning form, displaying her focused voice, dark hued with resonant tone. Falling between the true soprano and mezzo-soprano Gen’s voice is often described as a ‘Falcon’ after the French soprano Cornélie Falcon who performed several of the roles in Meyerbeer and Halévy operas staged in the 1830s.

A number of different locations have been used for the recordings, none of which are stated. I can report satisfying sound quality having splendid consistency. Alexandre Dratwicki and Étienne Jardin have written the interesting and informative booklet essay Ten years of discoveries by the Palazzetto Bru Zane. At the end of this review I have provided the listing, as it appears in the booklet, of all the works on the set containing performer details, performers labels, etc.

This commendable collection on Bru Zane is both a valuable and a fascinating insight into rarely known French Romantic music.

Michael Cookson

Contents
CD 1: Opera (1780-1830) [77.55]
Johann Christoph Vogel (1756-1788)
La Toison d’or
1. Air (Hipsiphile): Hélas! à peine un rayon d’espérance... [3:50]
J. van Wanroij,
H. Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel
Glossa GCD 921628 (2013)
Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)
Uthal
2. Duo (Malvina, Uthal), Ensemble: Uthal! ... [3:43]
Deshayes, Y. Beuron, J.-S. Bou, S. Droy,
C. Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Chœur de chambre de Namur
Bru Zane es 1026 (2016)
Rodolphe Kreutzer (1766-1831)
La Mort d’Abel
3. Sextuor avec chœur: Ô moment plein de charmes... [6:40]
Velletaz, Y. Tanimura, J. Borghi, S. Droy, J.-S. Bou, P.-Y. Pruvot,
G. Van Waas, Les Agrémens, Chœur de chambre de Namur
Bru Zane ES 1008 (2012)
Charles-Simon Catel (1773-1830)
Sémiramis
4. Duo (Sémiramis, Arsace): Eh bien! Ne tarde plus... [2:34]
R. Wesseling, M. Vidal,
H. Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel
Glossa GC 921625 (2012)
Daniel Steibelt (1765-1823)
Roméo et Juliette
5. Air (Juliette): Je vais donc usurper... [7:27]
E. Dreisig,
M. Schønwandt, Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie
Erato 190295634131 (2018)
Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)
Lodoïska
6. Quatuor avec chœur: Non, non, perdez toute espérance... [3:30].
Manfrino, H. Thébault, P.-Y. Pruvot, A. Buet,
J. Rhorer, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Les Éléments
Ambroisie Naïve AM 209 (2013)
Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851)
Olimpie
7. Trio (Olimpie, Statira, Cassandre): Chère et tendre Olimpie... [5:36]
K. Gauvin, K. Aldrich, M. Vidal,
J. Rhorer, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
Bru Zane BZ 1035 (2019)
André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813)
La Caravane du Caire
8. Air (Tamorin): C’est la triste monotonie... [2:46]
R. Van Mechelen,
G. Van Waas, Les Agrémens
Ricercar RIC 345 (2013)
Rodolphe Kreutzer (1766-1831)
Astianax
9. Air (Andromaque): Ah ! Ces perfides Grecs... [3:24]
V. Gens,
C. Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
Erato 07092725 (2011)
Antonio Sacchini (1730-1786)
Renaud
10. Quatuor et Air (Armide): Vous triomphez... [6:27]
M. Kalinine, K. Velletaz, J. Fuchs, J. Borghi,
C. Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
Bru Zane ES 1012 (2013)
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (1751-1796)
Phèdre
11. Air (Phèdre): Hippolyte succombe... [5:01]
J. Borghi,
G. Van Waas, Les Agrémens
Ricercar RIC 357 (2014)
Charles-Simon Catel (1773-1830)
Les Bayadères
12. Trio de Bayadères: Dourga... [3:04]
Velletaz, J. Borghi, M. Ruvio,
D. Talpain, Solamente Naturali
Bru Zane ES 1016 (2014)
François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829)
Thésée
13. Duo (Médée, Églée) avec chœur: On nous tourmente... [3:36]
V. Pochon, J. Borghi,
G. Van Waas, Les Agrémens, Chœur de chambre de Namur
Ricercar RIC 337 (2012)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) / Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith (1746-1820)
Les Mystères d’Isis
14. Finale de l’acte I: On peut compter sur sa vaillance... [6:33]
R. Pokupic ́, S. Droy, T. Christoyannis, J. Teitgen, C. Poul, J. Borghi, É. Méchain,
D. Fasolis, Le Concert Spirituel, Flemish Radio Choir
Glossa GCD 921630 (2015)
Antonio Salieri (1750-1825)
Les Danaïdes
15. Air (Hypermnestre): Par les larmes [2:40]
J. van Wanroij,
C. Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
Bru Zane ES 1019 (2015)
Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)
Amadis de Gaule
16. Air (Arcabonne): Bientôt l’ennemi qui m’outrage... [2:12]
J. Borghi,
G. Van Waas, Les Agrémens
Ricercar RIC 357 (2014)
Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)
Adrien
17. Duo (Émirène, Adrien), Ensemble: Je ne puis vous flatter... [8:40]
G. Philiponet, P. Do, P. Talbot, N. Courjal, M. Barrard,
G. Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir
Bru Zane ES 5001 (2014)
 
CD 2: Opera (1830-1900) [79.32]
Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)
Dante
1. Duo (Béatrice, Dante): C’est lui!... [4:56]
V. Gens, E. Montvidas,
U. Schirmer, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Bru Zane ES 1029 (2017)
Pierre-Louis Dietsch (1808-1865)
Le Vaisseau fantôme
2. Duo (Minna, Troïl): Quel secret... [7:33]
S. Matthews, R. Braun,
M. Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre
Naïve V5349 (2013)
Fromental Halévy (1799-1862)
La Reine de Chypre
3. Quatuor: En cet instant suprême... [6:17]
V. Gens, C. Dubois, É. Huchet, É. Dupuy,
H. Niquet, Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Bru Zane ES 1032 (2018)
Félicien David (1810-1876)
Herculanum
4. Duo (Lilia, Hélios): Ah! Malgré moi... [5:10]
V. Gens, E. Montvidas,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1020 (2015)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Le Tribut de Zamora
5. Duo (Hermosa, Xaïma): Que s’est-il donc passé... [5:41]
J. Holloway, J. van Wanroij,
H. Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Bru Zane BZ 1033 (2018)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Cinq-Mars
6. Trio (Marie, Cinq-Mars, Le Père Joseph): Cet homme, encore!... [4:20]
V. Gens, M. Vidal, A. Foster-Williams,
U. Schirmer, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Bru Zane ES 1024 (2016)
Victorin Joncières (1839-1903)
Le Chevalier Jean
7. Air (Jean): Parlons de moi... [5:03]
J. Behr,
P. Bleuse, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon
Alpha Classics Alpha 401 (2017)
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)
L’Africaine
8. Air (Inès): Là-bas sous l’arbre noir... [5:34]
D. Damrau,
E. Villaume, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon
Erato 0190295849016 (2017)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Proserpine
9. Finale de l’acte I: Proserpine nous délaisse... [5:09]
V. Gens, M. Vidal, A. Foster-Williams, P.-N. Martin, A. Sargsyan,
U. Schirmer, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Flemish Radio Choir
Bru Zane ES1027 (2017)
Victorin Joncières (1839-1903)
Dimitri
10. Duo (Marina, Marpha): Pourquoi parler d’espérance?... [4:19]
G. Philiponet, N. Gubisch,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1015 (2014)
Louis-Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833)
Le Pré aux clercs
11. Trio (Isabelle, Marguerite, Mergy): C’en est fait... [2:14]
M.-E. Munger, M. Lenormand, M. Spyres,
P. McCreesh, Orquestra Gulbenkian
Bru Zane ES1025 (2016)
Édouard Lalo (1823-1892) & Arthur Coquard (1846-1910)
La Jacquerie
12. Duo (Blanche, Robert), Ensemble: Être enfin délivrés... [6:03]
C. Castronovo, V. Gens, N. Gubisch,
P. Davin, Orchestre philharmoniquede Radio France, Chœur de Radio France
Bru Zane ES1023 (2016)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Les Barbares
13. Duo (Floria, Marcomir): Que dirai-je... [4:09]
C. Hunold, E. Montvidas,
L. Campellone, Orchestre Symphonique Saint-Étienne Loire
Bru Zane ES 1017 (2014)
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Le Mage
14. Duo (Varheda, Amrou): Ah ! Dans l’orgueil... [3:35]
K. Aldrich, J.-F. Lapointe,
L. Campellone, Orchestre Symphonique Saint-Étienne Loire
Bru Zane ES1013 (2013)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Faust
15. Finale de la prison (Marguerite, Faust, Méphistophélès): Ah ! C’est la voixdu bien-aimé! [9:20]
B. Bernheim, V. Gens, A. Foster-Williams,
C. Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Flemish Radio Choir
Bru Zane BZ 1037 (2019)
 
CD 3: Operetta and café-concert [58.46]
André Messager (1853-1929)
Les P’tites Michu
1. Ouverture [3:58]
P. Dumoussaud, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Bru Zane BZ 1034 (2018)
André Messager (1853-1929)
Les P’tites Michu
2. Couplets (Aristide): Comme une girouette... [1:50]
A. Sargsyan,
P. Dumoussaud, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Bru Zane BZ 1034 (2018)
Laurent de Rillé (1824-1915)
Le Petit Poucet
3. Duo (Aventurine, Poucet): L’amour... [3:48]
(transcribed by A. Dratwicki)
J. Devos, C. Meng,
Quatuor Giardini
Alpha Classics Alpha 244 (2016)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Vert-Vert
4. Couplets (La Corilla): Quel rôle... [4:04]
J. Devos,
L. Campellone, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Alpha Classics Alpha 437 (2018)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Boule de neige
5. Couplets de la Dompteuse (Olga): Je suis du pays vermeil... [2:03]
J. Devos,
L. Campellone, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Alpha Classics Alpha 437 (2018)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
La Périchole
6. Finale de l’acte II: Nous allons donc voir... [10:53]
A. Extrémo, S. de Barbeyrac, A. Duhamel, É. Huchet, M. Mauillon, E. de Hys, F. Pardailhé, O. Doray, J. Pasturaud, M. Ruvio, A. Bignagni Lesca,
M. Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chœur de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux
Bru Zane BZ 1036 (2019)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
La Périchole
7. Air (Piquillo): On me proposait d’être infâme [4:27]
S. de Barbeyrac,
M. Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre
Bru Zane BZ 1036 (2019)
Frédéric Toulmouche (1850-1909)
La Saint-Valentin
8. Couplets (Maud): Le flirt, ô passe-temps charmant [1:54]
(transcribed by A. Dratwicki)
C. Meng,
Quatuor Giardini
Alpha Classics Alpha 244 (2016)
Hervé, né Florimond Ronger (1825-1892)
Mam’zelle Nitouche
9. Ouverture [4:40]
J.-P. Haeck, Orchestre Symphonique de l’Opéra de Toulon
Bru Zane BZ E02 (2017)
Hervé, né Florimond Ronger (1825-1892)
Mam’zelle Nitouche
10. Duo du Soldat de plomb (Denise, Célestin): Le grenadier était bel homme... [3:20]
L. Neumann, D. Bigourdan,
J.-P. Haeck, Orchestre Symphonique de l’Opéra de Toulon
Bru Zane BZ E02 (2017)
Hervé, né Florimond Ronger (1825-1892)
Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde
11. Morceau d’ensemble: Qu’ils sont coquets... [7:46]
(transcribed by T. Perrine)
C. Grapperon, Les Brigands
Bru Zane BZ E01 (2015)
Charles Pourny (1839-1905)
12. L’Impôt sur les célibataires [3:49]
L. Neumann,
I. Perruche, Les Lunaisiens
Aparté AP 146 (2016)
Léon Xanrof (1867-1953)
13. Le Métingue des femmes [3:01]
I. Perruche, Les Lunaisiens
Aparté AP 146 (2016)
Vincent Hyspa (1865-1938)
14. Le Prisonnier de l’Élysée [3:06]
A. Marzorati, Les Lunaisiens
Aparté AP 146 (2016)
 
CD 4: The cantata [72.47]
Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898)
1. La Religieuse [12:00]
C. Margaine,
C. Arming, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Bru Zane ES 1014 (2013)
Xavier Boisselot (1811-1893)
2. Velléda [19:20]
K. Deshayes,
D. Stern, Opera Fuoco
Zig-Zag Territoires, ZigZag 337 (2013)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Le Retour de Virginie
3. Duo (Paul, Marguerite): Mon âme... [2:59]
M. De Liso, B. Richter,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Glossa GES 922210-F (2010)
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
Sémélé
4. Trio final (Sémélé, Junon, Jupiter): À ma voix... [4:56]
C. Hunold, K. Aldrich, T. Christoyannis,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES1021 (2015)
Alfred Bruneau (1857-1934)
Geneviève
5. Prélude et Air (Geneviève): Seigneur... [6:26]
V. Gens,
H. Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Alpha Classics Alpha279 (2017)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Le Gladiateur
6. Duo (Fulvie, Narbal): L’impatience populaire... [5:05]
G. Girard, B. Richter,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Glossa GES 922206-F (2009)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Fernand
7. Trio (Zelmire, Alamir, Fernand): Sauve Alamir... [7:23]
J. van Wanroij, Y. Shao, N. Courjal,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1030 (2017)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Ivanhoé
8. Duo (Rebecca, Bois-Guilbert): Juste Ciel... [2:33]
M. De Liso, P.-Y. Pruvot,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Glossa GES 922210-F (2010)
André Wormser (1851-1926)
Clytemnestre
9. Air (Clytemnestre): Qu’Apollon soit loué... [6:10]
(orchestrated by T. Perrine)
M.-N. Lemieux,
F. Gabel, Orchestre national de France
Naïve V5201 (2010)
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Clovis et Clotilde
10. Prière (Clotilde): Prière, ô doux souffle... [2:15]
V. Gens,
H. Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Alpha Classics Alpha 279 (2017)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
La Vendetta
11. Duo (Marcella, Lucien): Là-haut, je le vois... [3:33]
C. Santon-Jeffery, Y. Shao,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1030 (2017)
 
CD 5: Sacred music [74.05]
Charles-Henri Plantade (1764-1839)
Messe des morts en ré mineur à la mémoire de Marie-Antoinette
1. Prose (4) (Dies Irae) [7:52]
H. Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel
Alpha Classics Alpha 251 (2016)
Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)
Requiem en ut mineur à la mémoire de Louis XVI
2. Agnus Dei et Communio (7) [5:01]
H. Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel
Alpha Classics Alpha 251 (2016)
Félicien David (1810-1876)
3. Six Motets
Sub tuum præsidium [3:17]
F. Saint-Yves,
H. Niquet, Flemish Radio Choir
Bru Zane ES 1028 (2017)
Félicien David (1810-1876)
4. Le Jugement dernier [13:56]
(intended as concluding apotheosis of opera Herculanum)
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic, Flemish Radio Choir
Bru Zane ES 1028 (2017)
Fernand de La Tombelle (1854-1928)
5. Pie Jesu [4:10]
H. Niquet, Flemish Radio Choir
Bru Zane BZ 1038 (2019)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Vingt Motets
6. Inviolata [5:52]
F. Saint-Yves,
H. Niquet, Flemish Radio Choir
Glossa GES 922210-F (2010)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Vingt Motets
7. Tantum ergo sacramentum [2:44]
F. Saint-Yves,
H. Niquet, Flemish Radio Choir
Glossa GES 922210-F (2010)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Vingt Motets
8. O salutaris hostia [3:45]
F. Saint-Yves,
H. Niquet, Flemish Radio Choir
Glossa GES 922210-F (2010)
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
9. O salutaris hostia [2:38]
M. Kalinine, F. Saint-Yves,
H. Niquet, Flemish Radio Choir, Solistes du Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1018 (2014)
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
10. Panis angelicus [4:01]
M. Kalinine, F. Saint-Yves,
H. Niquet, Flemish Radio Choir, Solistes du Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1018 (2014)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
11. Christus factus est [4:00]
J. van Wanroij,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1030 (2017)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Messe de Saint-Louis-des-Français
12. Gloria (2) [4:32]
A. Sargsyan,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic, Flemish Radio Choir
Bru Zane ES 1030 (2017)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Messe vocale
13. Kyrie (1)[7:13]
F. Saint-Yves,
H. Niquet, Flemish Radio Choir
Bru Zane ES 1030 (2017)
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
La Vierge
14. Air (La Vierge): Rêve infini [4:47]
V. Gens,
H. Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Alpha Classics Alpha 279 (2017)
 
CD 6: Orchestral music [72.10]
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Symphonie No. 21
1. Allegro con moto (1) [9:52]
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1018 (2014)
Henri-Napoléon Reber (1807-1880)
Symphonie No. 4 en sol majeur, op. 334
2. Final: Allegro (4) [5:43]
J. Rhorer, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
Ambroisie Naïve AM 207 (2012)
Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)
Symphonie gothique, op. 233
3. Grave ma non troppo lento (3) [6:53]
D. Reiland, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
CPO 555044-2 (2016)
Louis-Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833)
Symphonie No. 2 en ré majeur
4. Rondo (3) [4:58]
G. Van Waas, Les Agrémens
Ricercar RIC 357 (2014)
Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898)
5. Le Giaour, Ouverture [13:22]
J. Mercier, Orchestre National de Lorraine
Bru Zane ES 1014 (2013)
Félicien David (1810-1876)
6. La Perle du Brésil, Ouverture [11:00]
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1028 (2017)
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
7. Polyeucte, Ouverture [12:30]
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1021 (2015)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Le Tribut de Zamora
8. Danse espagnole [2:56]
H. Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Bru Zane BZ 1033 (2018)
Fernand de La Tombelle (1854-1928)
Suite No. 1
9. Carillon (3) [4:51]
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane BZ 1038 (2019)
 
CD 7: Concertante music [79.32]
Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898) 
1. Fantaisie pastorale pour violon et orchestre [11:15]
T. Papavrami,
C. Arming, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Bru Zane ES 1014 (2013)
Marie Jaëll (1846-1925)
Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestra
2. Allegro moderato (1) [6:49]
X. Phillips,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1022 (2015)
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
3. Villanelle pour cor et orchestre [6:24]
H. van der Zanden,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1021 (2015)
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Suite concertante pour violoncelle, piano et orchestre
4. Maestoso sans lenteur (1) [8:54]
M. Coppey, J.-F. Heisser,
Orchestre Poitou-Charentes
Mirare MIR 141 (2011)
Louis-Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833)
Concerto pour piano No. 4 en mi mineur
5. Rondo. Moderato assai (2) [5:47]
J.-F. Neuburger,
H. Niquet, Sinfonia Varsovia
Mirare MIR 127 (2011)
Édouard Lalo (1823-1892)
Concerto pour piano et orchestre
6. Allegro (3) [5:51]
N. Gouin,
J.-J. Kantorow, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Alpha Classics Alpha 233 (2015)
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
7. Fantaisie pour harpe et orchestre [15:03]
E. Ceysson,
S. Jean, Orchestre Régional Avignon Provence
Naïve V5419 (2014)
Marie Jaëll (1846-1925)
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No. 1
8. Adagio (2) [8:23]
R. Descharmes,
J. Swensen, Orchestre National de Lille
Bru Zane ES 1022 (2015)
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No. 2
9. Allegro (1) [11:00]
V. Wagner,
F.-X. Roth, Les Siècles
Musicales Actes Sud ASM 09 (2012)
 
CD 8: Chamber music [71.18]
George Onslow (1784-1853) 
Quatuor en ut mineur, op. 8/1
1. Largo – Allegro agitato (1) [7:54]
Quatuor Ruggieri
Aparté Ap 105 (2015)
Théodore Gouvy (1891-1898)
Quatuor en la mineur, op. 56/2
2. Romance. Andante con moto (2) [7:16]
Quatuor Cambini-Paris
Bru Zane ES 1014 (2013)
Félicien David (1810-1876)
Quatuor No. 2 en la majeur
3. Allegretto grazioso (1) [8:19]
Quatuor Cambini-Paris
Ambroisie Naïve AM 206 (2011)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Quatuor en la mineur, CG 564
4. Allegretto quasi moderato (2) [5:33]
Quatuor Cambini-Paris
Aparté AP 177 (2017)
Antoine Reicha (1770-1836)
Quatuor en sol majeur, op. 90/2
5. Allegro (4) [4:16]
Quatuor Ardeo
l'empreinte digitale ED1 3240 (2014)
Alexis de Castillon (1838-1873)
Quintette avec piano en mi bémol majeur, op. 1
6. Allegro ben moderato (1) [15:54]
L. Martin, Quatuor Satie
Ligia Digital LIDI 0302210-10 (2010)
Fernand de La Tombelle (1854-1928)
Suite pour 3 violoncelles
7. Lento (4) [4:48]
F. Salque, H. Horiot, A. Bellom
Bru Zane BZ 1038 (2019)
Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)
Sonate pour violon et piano No. 3 en sol mineur, op. 9
8. Andante (3) [4:48]
N. Dautricourt, D. Ciocarlie
Aparté AP 124 (2015)
Fernand de La Tombelle (1854-1928)
9. Andante espressivo pour violoncelle et piano [4:55]
E. Bertrand, P. Amoyel
Bru Zane BZ 1038 (2019)
Jean Cras (1879-1932)
10. Largo pour violoncelle et piano [7:28]
A. Khramouchin, A. Jacquon
Timpani 1C1151 (2008)
 
CD 9: Solo Piano music [75.23]
César Franck (1822-1890)
Prélude, aria et final
1. Prélude (1) [8:29]
B. Chamayou
Naïve V5208 (2010)
Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)
Grande Sonate ‘Les Quatre Âges’, op. 33
2. 30 ans – Quasi Faust – Assez vite (2) [15:31]
P. Amoyel
La Dolce Volta LDV 11 (2012)
Charles Bordes (1863-1909) 
Quatre Fantaisies rythmiques, op. 16
3. Vif (4) [3:46]
F.-R. Duchâble
Timpani 1C1196 (2012)
Marie Jaëll (1846-1925)
Les Beaux Jours
4. On rêve au mauvais temps (12) [1:30]
D. Ciocarlie
Bru Zane ES 1022 (2015)
Louis-Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833)
Sonate pour piano en la bémol majeur, op. 9
5. Allegro moderato assai (1) [7:31]
R. Descharmes
Bru Zane (inédit / previously unreleased)
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Sonate pour piano en la mineur
6. Andante quasi adagio (2) [8:58]
R. Descharmes
Bru Zane ES 1018 (2014)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
7. La Veneziana (Barcarolle) [3:25]
R. Prosseda
Decca 4816956 (2018)
Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898)
8. Sérénade pour piano No. 2 [3:31]
E. Swiercz
Bru Zane ES 1014 (2013)
Félicien David (1810-1876)
9. Allegretto agitato [2:57]
J. Vitaud
Bru Zane ES 1028 (2017)
Antoine Reicha (1770-1836)
Études dans le genre fugue, op. 97
10. Poco andante (1) [2:22]
Ivan Ilić
Chandos CHAN 10950 (2017)
Marie Jaëll (1846-1925)
Ce qu’on entend dans le Paradis
11. Apaisement (1) [2:30]
D. Bismuth
Bru Zane ES 1022 (2015)
Louis-Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833)
12. Variations sur ‘Au Clair de la lune’ [9:21]
R. Descharmes
Bru Zane (inédit / previously unreleased)
Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)
13. Au matin, op. 83 [5:23]
É. Reyes
Grand Piano GP 683 (2016)
 
CD 10: The mélodie [71.26]
Félicien David (1810-1876)
1. Tristesse de l’Odalisque [3:44]
C. Dubois, T. Raës
Bru Zane ES 1028 (2017)
Félicien David (1810-1876)
2. Le Nuage [2:19]
T. Christoyannis, T. Apostolopoulos
Aparté AP 086 (2013)
Édouard Lalo (1823-1892)
3. Tristesse [3:23]
T. Christoyannis, J. Cohen
Aparté AP 110 (2015)
Édouard Lalo (1823-1892)
4. Les Petits Coups [2:42]
T. Christoyannis, J. Cohen
Aparté AP 110 (2015)
Fernand de La Tombelle (1854-1928)
5. Passez nuages roses [3:14]
T. Christoyannis, J. Cohen
Aparté AP 148 (2017)
Fernand de La Tombelle (1854-1928)
6. Dans l’alcôve sombre [3:54]
Y. Beuron, J. Cohen
Bru Zane ES 1038 (2019)
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
7. Attente [2:12]
C. Dubois, T. Raës
Bru Zane (inédit / previously unreleased)
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
8. Reflet [2:42]
C. Dubois, T. Raës
Bru Zane (inédit / previously unreleased)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
9. Medjé [3:48]
T. Christoyannis, J. Cohen
Aparté AP 181 (2017)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
10. Venise [4:47]
T. Christoyannis, J. Cohen
Aparté AP 181 (2017)
Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)
11. Le Banc de pierre [4:43]
T. Christoyannis, J. Cohen
Aparté AP 123 (2015)
Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)
12. Jacotte [3:37]
T. Christoyannis, J. Cohen
Aparté AP 123 (2015)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
La Cendre rouge
13. Petite Main (9) [3:13]
T. Christoyannis, J. Cohen
Aparté AP 132 (2016)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
14. Aimons-nous [3:38]
Y. Beuron,
M. Poschner, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
Alpha Classics Alpha 273 (2016)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
15. Extase [4:04]
T. Christoyannis,
M. Poschner, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
Alpha Classics, Alpha 273 (2016)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
16. La Splendeur vide [4:25]
T. Christoyannis,
M. Poschner, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
Alpha Classics, Alpha 273 (2016)
Marie Jaëll (1846-1925)
La Légende des ours
17. Union malheureuse (5) [5:20]
C. Santon-Jeffery,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1022 (2015)
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
18. L’Ondine et le Pêcheur [5:59]
C. Santon-Jeffery,
H. Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Bru Zane ES 1021 (2015)
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
19. Le Poète et le Fantôme [3:30]
S. Piau,
J. Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge
Alpha Classics Alpha 445 (2019)



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