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Masterworks of the late 19th Century in France (Sony Classical Masters)
By Francois Le Roux, Francoise Pollet, Jacques Mercier, Natalie Dessay, Orchestre National d'Ile de France, and Veronique Gens. By Alfred Bruneau, Cesar Auguste Franck (1822-1890), Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Georges Bizet (1838-1875), Jules Massenet (1842-1912), Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Albert Roussel (1869-1937), and Florent Schmitt (1870-1958). Classical. CD. Sony Music Entertainment #88985470862. Published by Sony Music Entertainment (NX.88985470862).
Item Number: NX.88985470862
The ever-more comprehensive Sony Classical Masters series is pleased to announce ten new releases. Ranging from symphony cycles to solo piano music, these budget-priced box sets celebrate some of the leading musicians of recent times. The Orchestre national d'Ile-de-France amassed an impressive discography of late 19th-century French music under former music director Jacques Mercier, and this collection of ten CDs brings together many little-known or undervalued works. Several discs of sacred vocal music include compositions by the likes of Gounod and Saint-Saens (including his Requiem) and vocal soloists include Nathalie Dessay, Francoise Pollet, Veronique Gens and Francois Le Roux. Other discs explore the music of Roussel, Schmitt (his Sallambo suites, given a "splendid performance" - Gramophone) and Bruneau, and Bizet's rarity Djamileh is performed complete. Rounding out the collection is Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien.