Massenet: Ballet Music - Bacchus; Hérodiade; Thais; Le Cid / Patrick Gallois

> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Allegro moderato - Nocturne
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Faunes et Satyres
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - La Procession des Offrandes
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Chasseresses et Bacchantes
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Initiation I
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Initiation II
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Initiation III
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Initiation IV
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Le Bapteme par le Vin
> Bacchus, Act III Tableau 2: Les Mysteres dionysiaques - Bacchanale
> Herodiade, Act IV: Ballet - Les Egyptiennes
> Herodiade, Act IV: Ballet - Les Babyloniennes
> Herodiade, Act IV: Ballet - Les Gauloises
> Herodiade, Act IV: Ballet - Les Pheniciennes
> Herodiade, Act IV: Ballet - Final
> Thais Ballet Music - I. Andante
> Thais Ballet Music - II. Largo
> Thais Ballet Music - III. Presto vivace
> Thais Ballet Music - IV. Andante cantabile
> Thais Ballet Music - V. Scherzetto molto vivace
> Thais Ballet Music - VI. Allegretto moderato
> Thais Ballet Music - VII. Tres lent
> Thais Ballet Music - VIII. Andante religioso
> Thais Ballet Music - IX. Allegro vivace frenetico
> Thais Ballet Music - X. Allegro moderato
> Le Cid Ballet Suite - I. Castillane
> Le Cid Ballet Suite - II. Andalouse
> Le Cid Ballet Suite - III. Aragonaise
> Le Cid Ballet Suite - IV. Aubade
> Le Cid Ballet Suite - VI. Madrilene
> Le Cid Ballet Suite - V. Catalane
> Le Cid Ballet Suite - VII. Navarraise

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus
>Massenet, Jules : Herodiade
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid, suite for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jules Massenet is best known for operas such as Manon and Werther, but his less familiar stage works are also packed with superb intermezzos and ballet music. Evocative scenes bring the mythical story of Bacchus to life, while Herodiade deals with the tragic biblical narrative of Herod, Salome and St John the Baptist. Turbulent temptations and passions clash with monastic life in Thaïs, and the Spanish dances of Le Cid bring us into worlds of fragrant tenderness, defiant pride and exuberant celebration.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012).



Reviews

Fine orchestral music
This release presents four ballet suites compiled from Massent operas. The most famous of these is "Thais," the origin of Massenet's greatest hit. The ballet music proves to be of similar quality, conveying the drama and the sensual nature of the title role, interspersed with moments of pious religiosity (there's an extended sequence for solo organ, for example).

The suite from "Herodiade" is in a similar vein, and no wonder -- the opera concerns Herod, Salome, and the death of John the Baptist. A good portion of this suite uses Jewish melodic turns to set the stage.

Lesser known are Massenet's operas "Bacchus" and "Le Cid." The former is based on Greek myth, and its ballet sequences are the most straight-forward of Massenet's works on this recording. By contrast, "Le Cid" is all about evoking the flavor of Spain (albeit filtered through a French sensibility).

Overall, this is fine orchestral music that provides a pleasant listening experience. Patrick Gallois conducts the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in a straight-forward fashion, letting the inherently dramatic nature of the music come through on its own. Perhaps, given the location of the orchestra, it's not surprising that the suite to "Le Cid" seems to sound a little more engaging.
Submitted on 01/22/14 by RGraves321 
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>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Bacchus :: Les Mystères dionysiaques
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Les Egyptiennes
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Les Babyloniennes
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Les Gauloises
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Les Phéniciennes
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Final
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Andante - Allegro vivo
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Largo - Allegretto moderato - Lent
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Presto vivace
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Andante cantabile
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Scherzetto molto vivace
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Allegretto moderato
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Très lent - Allegro maestoso
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Andante religioso
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Allegro vivace frenetico - Presto - Prestissimo subito
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Allegro moderato
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid, suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Notes: Sala Pau Casals, L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain (10/09/2012-10/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic