Paul Paray and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Milestones of a Legendary Conductor | Documents 600561

Paul Paray and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Milestones of a Legendary Conductor

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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600561

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 7th August 2020

Contents

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Si j'etais roi (If I were king)
» Overture

Auber, Daniel

Les Diamants de la couronne (The Crown Diamonds)
» Overture

Berlioz, Hector

Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Bizet, Georges

Carmen Suite
L'Arlesienne Suite no.1
L'Arlesienne Suite no.2
Patrie: Overture, op.19

Boieldieu, Francois Adrien

La Dame Blanche
» Overture

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Bourree fantasque
Espana
Gwendoline: Overture
Joyeuse Marche
Le Roi malgre lui
» Danse slave
» Fete polonaise
Suite pastorale

Chausson, Ernest

Symphony in B flat major, op.20

Debussy, Claude

Images pour orchestre
» II Iberia
La Mer
Nocturnes (3)
Petite Suite (orch. H Busser)
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Franck, Cesar

Symphony in D minor, op.48

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Ballet music
» Waltz (Act 2)

Herold, Ferdinand

Zampa
» Overture

Lalo, Edouard

Le Roi d'Ys
» Overture
Namouna: Suite no.1

Massenet, Jules

Phedre
» Overture

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Le Prophete
» Coronation March (Act 4)

Offenbach, Jacques

La Belle Helene
» Overture
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): orchestral suite
Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers)
» Can-Can

Ravel, Maurice

Alborada del gracioso
Bolero
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite no.2
La Valse
Le Tombeau de Couperin (orchestra)
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)
Pavane pour une infante defunte
Rapsodie espagnole
Valses nobles et sentimentales (arr. for orchestra)

Saint-Saens, Camille

Danse macabre, op.40
Marche heroique in E flat major, op.34
Marche militaire Francaise
Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Bacchanale
Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78 'Organ Symphony'

Schumann, Robert

Manfred Overture, op.115
Symphonies 1-4 (complete)

Thomas, Ambroise

Mignon
» Gavotte
Raymond: Overture

Artists

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Paul Paray

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Si j'etais roi (If I were king)
» Overture

Auber, Daniel

Les Diamants de la couronne (The Crown Diamonds)
» Overture

Berlioz, Hector

Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Bizet, Georges

Carmen Suite
L'Arlesienne Suite no.1
L'Arlesienne Suite no.2
Patrie: Overture, op.19

Boieldieu, Francois Adrien

La Dame Blanche
» Overture

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Bourree fantasque
Espana
Gwendoline: Overture
Joyeuse Marche
Le Roi malgre lui
» Danse slave
» Fete polonaise
Suite pastorale

Chausson, Ernest

Symphony in B flat major, op.20

Debussy, Claude

Images pour orchestre
» II Iberia
La Mer
Nocturnes (3)
Petite Suite (orch. H Busser)
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Franck, Cesar

Symphony in D minor, op.48

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Ballet music
» Waltz (Act 2)

Herold, Ferdinand

Zampa
» Overture

Lalo, Edouard

Le Roi d'Ys
» Overture
Namouna: Suite no.1

Massenet, Jules

Phedre
» Overture

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Le Prophete
» Coronation March (Act 4)

Offenbach, Jacques

La Belle Helene
» Overture
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): orchestral suite
Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers)
» Can-Can

Ravel, Maurice

Alborada del gracioso
Bolero
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite no.2
La Valse
Le Tombeau de Couperin (orchestra)
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)
Pavane pour une infante defunte
Rapsodie espagnole
Valses nobles et sentimentales (arr. for orchestra)

Saint-Saens, Camille

Danse macabre, op.40
Marche heroique in E flat major, op.34
Marche militaire Francaise
Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Bacchanale
Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78 'Organ Symphony'

Schumann, Robert

Manfred Overture, op.115
Symphonies 1-4 (complete)

Thomas, Ambroise

Mignon
» Gavotte
Raymond: Overture

Artists

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Paul Paray

About

When Paul Paray (1886-1979) came to Detroit from Paris in 1951, he already enjoyed a considerable reputation as a composer and conductor in Europe. The industrial centres around Lake Michigan were at the heart of the North American economy. In Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, the cultural institutions, especially the symphony orchestras, profited from the wealth of the region. In Detroit, the world’s largest centre of the auto industry, Paray was to bring the local orchestra to the highest level. The exceptional way in which he succeeded in doing just that, makes the ten CDs of this documentation a very special listening experience. Paray, who led the orchestra until 1963, after which he returned to Europe, was aided in this by an outstanding recording technique that has set benchmarks until today. It also was to benefit lesser known works and composers from 19th and early 20th century France, which Paray included in his programmes. His sensitive handling of the music of German romanticism is also clearly recognisable in the complete recordings of the Schumann symphonies, which form the conclusion of this 10-CD box.

Paray’s musical journey began in Rouen, in the boy’s choir of the cathedral, and on the organ there, on which he began to improvise as a boy. After his studies at the Paris Conservatory, he was awarded the 1st Grand Rome Prize in 1911. This was followed by directing the orchestras Lamoureux and Concerts Colonne and conducting at the Paris Opéra. A highlight in the life of the composer Paul Paray was his Mass for Joan of Arc, which was performed in Detroit on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of her death in 1956.

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