Manet: Music of His Time

Manet: Music of His Time

     
 

Don't believe the "Art and Music" tag on the top of this album's cover, for it suggests a much more ambitious effort to link the two expressive forms than is made here. There isn't much music here that Manet or his audiences would have listened to, although the overture to Offenbach's "La vie Parisienne" probably fills the bill. What NaxosSee more details below

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Don't believe the "Art and Music" tag on the top of this album's cover, for it suggests a much more ambitious effort to link the two expressive forms than is made here. There isn't much music here that Manet or his audiences would have listened to, although the overture to Offenbach's "La vie Parisienne" probably fills the bill. What Naxos has offered museum shop managers here is a random grab from its catalog of French music of the nineteenth century (Rossini by the time of the "Stabat Mater" being counted as a good Parisian). When Chopin wrote the "Waltz in G flat major, Op. 70/1," Manet was all of one year old. At the other end of the program, the movements from Debussy's string quartet and from the little-heard "Suite from L'attaque de moulin" (which provides a point in favor of giving the disc a try) overshoot his death by a good 10 years. Even Bizet and Chabrier, the composers who get the most attention here, weren't exactly bringing tunes to everyone's lips during Manet's heyday in the 1860s, although they had started on their paths to greatness. To do this album in a more rigorous way would have involved starting with the fact that the music in Manet's "world" would have been quite contemporary, would have been at least partly operatic, and would certainly not have been exclusively French. The link between music and visual art is a subtle question, and it's hard to blame Naxos for not really trying to answer it -- the performances on the album are entirely adequate and pure Naxos: competent and mostly a bit offbeat in one way or another. The buyer, however, should know ahead of time that there are no answers here, just a pleasant hour of French Romantic music, illustrated with some nice pictures by Edouard Manet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943811726
catalogNumber:
8558117
Rank:
244306

Tracks

  1. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208  - Frédéric Chopin  - Idil Biret  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet
  2. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213  - Frédéric Chopin  - Idil Biret  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet
  3. Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217  - Frédéric Chopin  - Idil Biret  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet
  4. Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra  - Gioachino Rossini  -  Hungarian State Opera Chorus  -  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet  - Pier Giorgio Morandi  - Patrizia Pace  - Gloria Scalchi  - Carlo Colombara  - Antonino Siragusa
  5. La vie parisienne, operetta in 5 acts, revised to 4 acts: Overture  - Jacques Offenbach  - Richard Hayman  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet  -  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  6. Petite Suite, pieces (5) for orchestra (orchestration of Jeux d'enfants Nos. 6, 3, 2, 11, 12)  - Georges Bizet  - Donald Johanos  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet  -  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  7. Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: 1st Mvmt. Allegro non troppo  - Edouard Lalo  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet  - Johannes Wildner  -  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  8. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Paysage  - Emmanuel Chabrier  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet  - Georges Rabol
  9. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Idylle  - Emmanuel Chabrier  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet  - Georges Rabol
  10. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Scherzo-valse  - Emmanuel Chabrier  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet  - Georges Rabol
  11. L'attaque du moulin, suite: Les fiançailles au moulin  - Alfred Bruneau  - James Lockhart  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet  -  Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra
  12. String Quartet, L. 85 (Op. 10): 1st Mvmt. Animé et très décidé  - Claude Debussy  -  Kodály Quartet  - Edouard Manet  - Edouard Manet

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