FÉLICIEN DAVID (1810-1876): Symphony No. 3 in B Flat, Overture La Perle du Brésil, Le Jugement dernier for Chorus and Orchestra, 6 Motets for Choir and Organ (Flemish Radio Choir, Brussles Philharmonic; Hervé Niquet), Christophe Colomb (ode-symphonie) (Chantal Santon-Jeffery [soprano], Julien Behr [tenor], Josef Wagner [baritone], Jean-Marie Winling [reciter], Flemish Radio Choir, Les Siècles; François-Xavier Roth), Piano Trio No. 1 in B Flat (Pascal Monlong [violin], Pauline Buet [cello], David Violi [piano]), Piano Pieces: Le Soir, Doux Souvenir, Allegro agitato, from Les Brises d’Orient: Fantasia harabi, Prière and Vieux Caire (Jonas Vitaud [piano]), Songs: Le Ramier, Éoline, Cri de charité, Tristessse de l’Odalisque, L’Égyptienne, Le Jour des morts, Le Rhin allemand (Cyrille Dubois [tenor], Tristan Raës [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 09T002
Label: Ediciones Singulares
Reference: ES 1028
Description: The fourth in the Palazzetto Bru Zane’s “Portrait Series” brings us: a 79-minute Ode-symphonie (the same genre as Le Désert, which ignited David’s career) from 1846 whose narrator sets the various scenes of Columbus’ voyage which are then represented by soloists in an operatic style, chorus, both together and sometimes by purely orchestral music; a Mendelssohnian symphony and piano trio; “The Last Judgement” which was origially to have been the finale of the opera Herculanum but abandoned due to the difficulty in staging and performing it (double choruses and large orchestra); a short set of small piano pieces of salon style, early motets and a good-sized 37-minute sequence of seven songs, in two of which can be found the only evidence of the composer’s famed “Orientalism” on this release. Needless to say, you get the usual bound-in-book lavish packaging and multiple notes. 3 CDs. French-English texts.