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Méditation: The Beautiful Music of Massenet

Audio Samples

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid
>     De cet affreux combat... Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>     Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?
>     Je ne sais si je feille... O Nature, pleine de grâce
>     Va! Larisse couler mes larmes
>Massenet, Jules : Herodiade
>     Il set doux, il est bon
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>     Je suis seul... Ah! fuyez, douce image
>     Instant charmant... En ferment les yeux
>Massenet, Jules : Esclarmonde
>     Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!
>     Dance of the spirits
>     Oú suis-je?
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>     Ah! je suis seule, seule enfin!
>     Dis-moi que je suis belle
>Massenet, Jules : Valse tres lente, for piano
>Massenet, Jules : Cherubin
>     Vive amour qui rêve (Aubade)
>Massenet, Jules : Cendrillon
>     Ah! que mes sours sont heureuses!
>Lucas, Leighton : Manon
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Des Grieux's lodgings
>Massenet, Jules : Oh! si les fleurs avaient des yeux
>Massenet, Jules : La Vierge
>     Le dernier sommeil de

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Massenet, Jules : Herodiade
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Massenet, Jules : Esclarmonde
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>Massenet, Jules : Valse tres lente, for piano
>Massenet, Jules : Cherubin
>Massenet, Jules : Cendrillon
>Lucas, Leighton : Manon
>Massenet, Jules : Oh! si les fleurs avaient des yeux
>Massenet, Jules : La Vierge
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Notes & Reviews:

Julesl Massenet, who died 100 years ago in 1912, was a French composer best known for his operas, and was widely considered in his day to be one of the greatest melodists of his time alongside Puccini.

The Best of Massenet includes his most popular music performed by a starry cast of artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Joans Kaufmann, Renne Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Angela Gheorghiu and Marily Home.

Soon after his death, Massenet's style went out of fashion, and today he is best known for the popular violin showpiece Meditation from his opera Thais (performed here by Nigel Kenney), and is unfairly regarded by many as something of a one-hit wonder.

Opera and ballet aficionados have known otherwise for some time and that he is in truth one of classical music's best-kept secrets. 2012, the centenary year of his death, is the perfect opportunity time to introduce a wider audience to the exquisite charms and beauty of this music.



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Works Details

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Performer: Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid :: De cet affreux combat... Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Notes: Composition written: Spain.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Il set doux, il est bon
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Je suis seul... Ah! fuyez, douce image
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Massenet, Jules : Esclarmonde :: Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Esclarmonde :: Dance of the spirits
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Esclarmonde :: Oú suis-je?
  • Performer: Giacomo Aragall (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Ah! je suis seule, seule enfin!
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Dis-moi que je suis belle
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Valse très lente, for piano
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Massenet, Jules : Chérubin :: Vive amour qui rêve (Aubade)
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Instant charmant... En ferment les yeux
  • Performers: Tatiana Lisnic (Soprano); Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Massenet, Jules : Cendrillon :: Ah! que mes sours sont heureuses!
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Lucas, Leighton : Manon :: Act 2. Scene 2. Des Grieux's lodgings
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Je ne sais si je feille... O Nature, pleine de grâce
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Va! Larisse couler mes larmes
  • Performer: Marilyn Horne
  • Conductor: Henry Lewis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Oh! si les fleurs avaient des yeux
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Massenet, Jules : La Vièrge :: Le dernier sommeil de
  • Conductor: Raymond Agoult
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic