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Louis Fremaux: The Complete CBSO Recordings

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Label: Warner - Icon

Cat No: 9029588673

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 12

Release Date: 21st April 2017

Contents

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Benvenuto Cellini, op.23 H76a
» Overture
Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem), op.5
La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111
» Ballet des Sylphes
» Hungarian March (Rakoczy March)
» Menuet des follets
Le Carnaval romain (Roman Carnival): overture, op.9 H95
Les Troyens
» Chasse royale et Orage
» Marche troyenne
Tristia, op.18
» III Marche funebre pour la derniere scene d'Hamlet, H103

Bizet, Georges

Roma
Symphony in C major

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Espana

Debussy, Claude

Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Dukas, Paul

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'Apprenti sorcier)

Faure, Gabriel

Ballade in F sharp major, op.19
Cantique de Jean Racine, op.11
Requiem, op.48

Honegger, Arthur

Pacific 231

Ibert, Jacques

Divertissement

Lalo, Edouard

Cello Concerto in D minor
Symphonie espagnole in D minor, op.21

Litolff, Henry

Concerto Symphonique no.4 in D minor, op.102
» Scherzo

Massenet, Jules

La Vierge
» Le dernier sommeil de la vierge
Le Cid: Ballet Suite
Scenes pittoresques, 'Suite no.4'

McCabe, John

Notturni ed alba
Symphony no.2

Poulenc, Francis

Gloria
Les Biches: Suite
Piano Concerto

Ravel, Maurice

Bolero

Saint-Saens, Camille

Allegro appassionato in B minor, op.43
Caprice d'apres l'Etude en forme de valse (arr. Eugene Ysaye)
Carnival of the Animals
Cello Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.33
Danse macabre, op.40
Le Deluge, op.45
» Prelude
Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78 'Organ Symphony'
Valse caprice for piano and strings, op.76 'Wedding Cake'

Satie, Erik

Gymnopedies (3) (arr. Debussy)
» III Lent et Grave
» I Lent et douloureux

Walton, William

Coronation Te Deum
Crown Imperial
Facade Suite no.1
Facade Suite no.2
Gloria
Orb and Sceptre
The Wise Virgins: Ballet Suite

Artists

Norma Burrowes
Jill Gomez
David Hughes
Brian Rayner Cook
Barbara Robotham
Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Robert Tear
David Bell
Francis Grier
Brenda Lucas
John Ogdon
Cristina Ortiz
Maria de la Pau Tortelier
Paul Tortelier
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Louis Fremaux

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Benvenuto Cellini, op.23 H76a
» Overture
Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem), op.5
La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111
» Ballet des Sylphes
» Hungarian March (Rakoczy March)
» Menuet des follets
Le Carnaval romain (Roman Carnival): overture, op.9 H95
Les Troyens
» Chasse royale et Orage
» Marche troyenne
Tristia, op.18
» III Marche funebre pour la derniere scene d'Hamlet, H103

Bizet, Georges

Roma
Symphony in C major

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Espana

Debussy, Claude

Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Dukas, Paul

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'Apprenti sorcier)

Faure, Gabriel

Ballade in F sharp major, op.19
Cantique de Jean Racine, op.11
Requiem, op.48

Honegger, Arthur

Pacific 231

Ibert, Jacques

Divertissement

Lalo, Edouard

Cello Concerto in D minor
Symphonie espagnole in D minor, op.21

Litolff, Henry

Concerto Symphonique no.4 in D minor, op.102
» Scherzo

Massenet, Jules

La Vierge
» Le dernier sommeil de la vierge
Le Cid: Ballet Suite
Scenes pittoresques, 'Suite no.4'

McCabe, John

Notturni ed alba
Symphony no.2

Poulenc, Francis

Gloria
Les Biches: Suite
Piano Concerto

Ravel, Maurice

Bolero

Saint-Saens, Camille

Allegro appassionato in B minor, op.43
Caprice d'apres l'Etude en forme de valse (arr. Eugene Ysaye)
Carnival of the Animals
Cello Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.33
Danse macabre, op.40
Le Deluge, op.45
» Prelude
Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78 'Organ Symphony'
Valse caprice for piano and strings, op.76 'Wedding Cake'

Satie, Erik

Gymnopedies (3) (arr. Debussy)
» III Lent et Grave
» I Lent et douloureux

Walton, William

Coronation Te Deum
Crown Imperial
Facade Suite no.1
Facade Suite no.2
Gloria
Orb and Sceptre
The Wise Virgins: Ballet Suite

Artists

Norma Burrowes
Jill Gomez
David Hughes
Brian Rayner Cook
Barbara Robotham
Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Robert Tear
David Bell
Francis Grier
Brenda Lucas
John Ogdon
Cristina Ortiz
Maria de la Pau Tortelier
Paul Tortelier
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Louis Fremaux

About

This 12-CD set joins Warner Classics’ Icon series, which pays homage to some of the greatest recording artists of the recent past. The box is devoted to the French conductor Louis Frémaux, who, from 1969 to 1978, preceded Simon Rattle as Principal Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. For the first time, it assembles all the recordings that Frémaux and the CBSO made for EMI. Over the course of the 1970s their discography played a substantial role in building the orchestra’s international reputation before the arrival of Rattle as its Principal Conductor in 1980. Indeed, such was the orchestra’s prowess in the French music favoured by Frémaux that, in 1978, Rattle described the CBSO as “the best French orchestra in the world”.

Louis Frémaux, now 95, was born in northern France. He attended the conservatory of Valenciennes, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. Too young to join the army, he became involved in the Resistance, and at the end of the War he joined the French Foreign Legion, serving in Vietnam. In 1947 he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied conducting with Louis Fourestier, going on to win the institution’s first prize for conducting in 1952. He launched his recording career with the Erato label, and a notable success was the Requiem by the Baroque composer Jean Gilles, which won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1956, the year Frémaux began his nine-year tenure as Chief Conductor of the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra. He first conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1968 and became its Principal Conductor the following year. The CBSO’s history had been somewhat chequered, despite attracting such principal conductors as Adrian Boult and Andrzej Panufnik, but Frémaux groomed the orchestra, taking it to a new level. While the team gained special renown for its performances of French repertoire, it also sustained a strong reputation in the works of modern British composers.

The vast majority of this Icon set is devoted to French music: Berlioz (notably the Grande Messe des Morts, the first recording project of the CBSO Chorus, which Frémaux established in 1973); Massenet; Bizet (including his rarely-heard symphonic suite Roma); Lalo; Saint-Saëns (including the Symphony No.3, a work closely associated with Frémaux); Fauré (the Requiem); Chabrier; Debussy; Dukas; Ravel; Ibert (whose music occupies almost an entire CD); Honegger; Poulenc (the Gloria, Piano Concerto and Les Biches) and Satie. The British-born composers featured are: Litolff; Walton (who occupies an entire CD, dominated by the two Façade suites), and John McCabe (1939-2015), whose Notturni was premiered by Frémaux and the CBSO in 1970.

Appearing for the first time on CD is a selection of arias by Leoncavallo, Puccini, Bizet, Sullivan, Lehár and Johann Strauss II, sung in English by the tenor by the Birmingham-born tenor David Hughes (1929-1972), who, before turning to opera, had enjoyed success as a popular singer; the arias are complemented by overtures by Offenbach. Other soloists appearing on the set include tenor Robert Tear, cellist Paul Tortelier and pianists John Ogdon and Cristina Ortiz.

All items in the set have been remastered from the original analogue tapes and digitized in full HD 24BIT/96kHz.

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