SWR Vokalensemble: France | SWR Classic SWR19065CD

SWR Vokalensemble: France

£12.69

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Label: SWR Classic

Cat No: SWR19065CD

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 14th September 2018

Contents

About

French intellectuals, especially musicians and writers, were enchanted by the magic of Richard Wagner's music, but they earnestly wanted to pursue new ideas for what might follow. They believed that music and art should be free from “German elements” and they consequently wanted to establish a decidedly contrasting, French style of music. It was for this reason that Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns set up the Societé Nationale de Musique in 1871, tasking it with supporting new French compositions.

Successive composers were fascinated by new developments in the great French music tradition and experimented with modal alternatives and aspects of counterpoint. Compositional clarity was expected to express the simple but poetic relationship between music and text, drawing on graceful melodic lines and a Renaissance-like serenity of expression.

The works on this album achieved this ideal, and many of them are wonderful discoveries.

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