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Offline Moonfish

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Massenet's Maelstrom
« on: May 14, 2018, 10:08:18 AM »
Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet (12 May 1842 – 13 August 1912) was a French composer.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Massenet

Compositions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Jules_Massenet

I'm surprised that Massenet doesn't have a composer thread or am I mistaken? Surely there must be a number of Massenet fans here at GMG?

What are your favorite works and recommendations within the realm of Massenet?





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Re: Massenet's Maelstrom
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 06:35:43 PM »
The orchestral suites found on this disc are absolutely delightful in every regard:



These tuneful, colorfully orchestrated works would make nice substitutes for the Bizet Carmen and L'arlesienne suites and the Grieg Peer Gynt suites every once in a while on concert programs. I'm really surprised they aren't played more often.
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Re: Massenet's Maelstrom
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 12:10:30 AM »
The orchestral suites found on this disc are absolutely delightful in every regard:



These tuneful, colorfully orchestrated works would make nice substitutes for the Bizet Carmen and L'arlesienne suites and the Grieg Peer Gynt suites every once in a while on concert programs. I'm really surprised they aren't played more often.

Plus:



I beg to differ on Peer Gynt, though, which is an altogether different affair, a much darker and serious work; the suites do the whole a great injustice and after hearing it in its entirety I have no wish to ever hear just the suites again --- the excising of spoken melodrama robs the composition of more than half of its substance.
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Re: Massenet's Maelstrom
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 11:38:27 AM »
DudeMan, sorry, it shoulda been 'Massenet's Basonette'

Massenet isn't badass enough to evoke a maelstrome,... is he???
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Re: Massenet's Maelstrom
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2018, 02:34:02 PM »
DudeMan, sorry, it shoulda been 'Massenet's Basonette'

Massenet isn't badass enough to evoke a maelstrome,... is he???

An alliteration was required!   :P
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Re: Massenet's Maelstrom
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2018, 07:18:18 PM »
Massenet's Massive Fête

I remember listening to and thoroughly enjoying the piano concerto in that EMI Ciccolini recording, posting about it here, and discovering that everyone else thinks it's a superficial piece that dies on second listen. That scared me off. Maybe it's finally time to try again and see if I still enjoy it!

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Re: Massenet's Maelstrom
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2018, 07:32:04 PM »
I am a consistent fan of the Massenet concerto across multiple listens, for what it's worth.

The Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series pairs it with Reynaldo Hahn's piano concerto which is also excellent.