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Masterworks of the late 19th Century in France (Sony Classical Masters)

By Francois Le Roux

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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.

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