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JACQUES OFFENBACH  

(1819 - 1880)

The son of a Cologne synagogue cantor, Offenbach and his violinist brother Julius were trained at the Paris Conservatoire. Jacques Offenbach thereafter found employment as a cellist, initially at the Opéra-Comique. He developed a successful early career as a virtuoso on the instrument, for which he wrote a number of works, including a Concerto militaire and a concertino. He was for five years conductor at the Théâtre Français, but in 1855 he rented his own theatre, where his early light-hearted stage works were performed. He continued a successful career devoted largely to operetta and opéras comiques until his death in 1880.

Stage Works

Of nearly 100 lighter pieces for the stage, Orphée aux enfers (‘Orpheus in the Underworld’) is best known, in particular for its famous can-can. Other operettas include La belle Hélène (‘Fair Helen’) and La vie parisienne (‘Paris Life’). Of a weightier cast is Offenbach’s final opera, Les contes d’Hoffmann (‘The Tales of Hoffmann’), completed after the composer’s death by Bizet’s friend Guiraud and based, as the title suggests, on stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann, including the tale of Dr Coppelius and his life-like creation, the doll Coppélia.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Die Welt der Oper Naxos 8.503061
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 1 Naxos 8.505028

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Catalogue No  Work Category 
100 FAMOUS MARCHES Altissimo
75442201072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
20 YEARS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: Naxos Anniversary Collection (Naxos Denmark) Naxos
8.570598
Orchestral
25 FAMOUS MARCHES, Vol. 4 Altissimo
75442255402
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
50 PATRIOTIC SONGS - Music for the 4th of July Altissimo
75442200162
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Art and Music: Manet - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558117
Orchestral
Art and Music: Renoir - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558176
Orchestral
Band Music - SOUSA, J.P. / EGNER, P. / WILLIAMS, J. / WARD, S. / STEFFE, W. / NEWTON, J. / DYKES, J.B. (A Patriotic Salute To the Military Family) Altissimo
75442255612
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Band Music - SOUSA, J.P. / GRUBER, E. / DUBLE, C. / DYKES, J. / BAKER, H. / WARD, S. / SMITH, J.S. (Holding the Flag) Altissimo
75442201012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Band Music - WARREN, G.W. / MELILLO, S. / DYKES, J.B. (One Nation Under God, Instrumental Songs of Inspiration from the U.S. Military Bands) Altissimo
75442255752
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BEST OF OPERA, VOL. 2 Naxos
8.553167
Orchestral
BEST OF OPERETTA (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107509
Opera DVD
BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 1: Opera and Operetta Recordings (1930-1938) Naxos Historical
8.110722
Operetta
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.503134
Orchestral
BUSONI, F.: Piano Transcriptions (Groschopp) Capriccio
C7015
Instrumental
CANADIAN SCOTTISH REGIMENT PIPES AND DRUMS / THIRD MARINE AIRCRAFT WING BAND: Canadian Bagpipes and American Brass Altissimo
75442255732
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
CAN-CAN AND OTHER DANCES FROM THE OPERA Naxos
8.550924
Orchestral
CANTABILE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556605
Orchestral
Cello Duo Recital: Maintz, Jens Peter / Schmidt, Wolfgang Emanuel - HALVORSEN, J. / HAYDN, F.J. / BARRIERE, J. / OFFENBACH, J. (Cello Duello) Solo Musica
SM146
Instrumental
Chamber Music - FRANCK, C. / DEBUSSY, C. / FAURE, G. / OFFENBACH, J. (The French Album) (Krijgh, Isanbaeva) Capriccio
C5131
Chamber Music
CINEMA CLASSICS 1999 Naxos
8.551183
Orchestral
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 11 Naxos
8.551171
Orchestral
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 11 Naxos
8.556631
Orchestral
CLASSIC MOODS - PUCCINI, G. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / RUBINSTEIN, A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. Capriccio
C18404
Orchestral
CLASSIC MOODS - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / MASSENET, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / BIZET, G. / SAINT-SAENS / WAGNER, R. / OFFENBACH, J. Capriccio
C18410
Opera
CLASSICAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.554482-83
Orchestral
Classics at the Movies: Comedy 2 Naxos
8.556812
Orchestral
Classics at the Movies: Drama Naxos
8.556807
Orchestral
Classics at the Movies: Love Naxos
8.556805
Orchestral
COCKTAIL CLASSICS Delos
DE1611
Chamber Music
COMEDY HARMONISTS: Whistle While You Work (1929-1938) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120613
Nostalgia
CULT OPERA OF THE 1970s (Hamburg State Opera, 1967-1971) (NTSC) (11 DVD set) Arthaus Musik
101261
Opera DVD
Date with the Devil (Samuel Ramey) Naxos
8.555355
Operetta
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Orchestral
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
ESSENTIAL OPERA COLLECTION (19 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAMO6000D
Opera DVD
EVENING IN PARIS (AN) Naxos
8.555009
Orchestral
EVENING IN PARIS (AN) Naxos International
8.990035
Orchestral
FAMOUS FRENCH OVERTURES Naxos
8.550473
Orchestral
FAMOUS OPERA OVERTURES Naxos
8.571093
Orchestral
FAMOUS OPERETTA OVERTURES Naxos
8.550468
Orchestral
FAMOUS OVERTURES Naxos
8.553627
Orchestral
FRENCH FESTIVAL Naxos
8.550088
Operetta
FRENCH FESTIVAL Naxos
8.570057
Orchestral
French Overtures (Famous) Naxos
8.553264
Orchestral
Greatest Movie Classics Marco Polo
8.225919
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzi from Operas Naxos
8.554703
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzos from Carmen, Cavalleria Rusiticana, Pagliacci and more Naxos
8.570046
Orchestral
JONES, Spike: Spiking The Classics (1945-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120834
Nostalgia
KARAJAN, Herbert von: Philharmonia Pop Concert (1953-1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80003
Orchestral
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Tastenträume Naxos
8.551308-09
Instrumental
Klassiska Favoriter Guld - Det bästa av det bästa ur Klassiska Favoriter (Gold Classical Favorites) Naxos
8.503129
Orchestral
KLASSISKA FAVORITER, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550554
Orchestral
KLASSISKA FAVORITER: OPERA (Classical Favourites: Opera) Naxos
8.503021
Orchestral
KLAVIER GALA Naxos
8.551225-26
Instrumental
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW: Playtime Imagination Naxos Educational
8.555811
Orchestral
MAIDEN'S PRAYER (THE) - LEAVES FROM GRANDMOTHER'S PIANO ALBUM Naxos
8.550646
Instrumental
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 7: The Acoustic Recordings (1916-1918) Naxos Historical
8.112018
Vocal
MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE (A) Altissimo
75442255312
Choral - Secular
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Cello Sonata No. 2 / BEN-HAIM, P.: Songs without Words (The Cantorial Voice of the Cello) (Bloemendal, Diaz, Mark, Tryon) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90208
Instrumental
MIDNIGHT LOUNGE - Chill Out Classics and Meditation Capriccio
C49326
Operetta, Orchestral
Music for the Presidential Inauguration Altissimo
75442200152
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - FRANCE: From Marseille to Cannes (NTSC) Naxos
2.110312
Classical Concert
My First Orchestra Album Naxos
8.578253
Orchestral
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Orchestral
NIGHT AT THE OPERA (A) - Favourite opera arias, duets and ensembles Naxos
8.557309
Operetta
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 5 Naxos
8.556819
Operetta
OFFENBACH / ROSENTHAL: Gaite Parisienne / Offenbachiana Naxos
8.554005
Ballet
OFFENBACH, J. / STRAUSS II, J. / SUPPE, F. von: Famous Operetta Overtures Amadis
7076
Orchestral
OFFENBACH, J.: Belle Helene (La) (Chatelet, 2000) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107000
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Contes d'Hoffmann (Les) (Opera de Bilbao, 2006) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAMO6006D
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Contes d'Hoffmann (Les) (Opera de Bilbao, 2006) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0968D
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Contes D'Hoffmann (Les) (Paris National Opera, 2002) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107027
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Contes D'Hoffmann (Les) (Paris National Opera, 2002) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVUS-OPLCDH
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Contes D'Hoffmann (Les) (Paris National Opera, 2002) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPLCDH
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Coscoletto, ou Le lazzarone [Opera] Capriccio
C60121
Opera
OFFENBACH, J.: Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein (La) (Zareska, Prevet, Dran, Riley, Lacour, Paris Lyric Chorus, Pasdeloup Orchestra, Leibowitz) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81008-09
Operetta
OFFENBACH, J.: Hoffmanns Erzahlungen (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) (Komische Oper, 1970) (sung in German) (Felsenstein Edition) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101289
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Offenbach's Secret (Film, 1995) (NTSC) EuroArts
2012488
Classical Documentary
OFFENBACH, J.: Orphée aux enfers (La Monnaie - De Munt, 1997) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100403
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Orphee aux enfers (Lyon Opera, 1997) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107105
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Orphee aux enfers / La Belle Helene (Minkowski) (2 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107506
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Orpheus in der Unterwelt (Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 1984) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101679
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Perichole (La) (Sung in English) (Morel) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81078
Opera
OFFENBACH, J.: Ritter Blaubart (Barbe-bleue) (Komische Oper, 1973) (sung in German) (Felsenstein Edition) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101293
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH: Belle Helene (La) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100086
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH: Contes d'Hoffmann (Les) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100190
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH: Hommage a Offenbach (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-BOXMINKOFF
Opera DVD, Classical Concert
OFFENBACH: Offenbach Gala (Chatelet, 2001) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPJOFM
Classical Concert
OFFENBACH: Orphee aux Enfers (Lyon Opera, 1997) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPOAE
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH: Orphee aux enfers (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100402
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH: Orpheus in der Unterwelt (Hamburg State Opera studio production, 1971) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101267
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH: Tales of Hoffmann (The) (Opera-Comique) (1948) Naxos Historical
8.110214-15
Operetta
OFFENBACH: Vie Parisienne (La) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100274
Opera DVD
Opera Arias - MOZART, W.A. / ROSSINI, G. / DONIZETTI, G. / VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / OFFENBACH, J. / WAGNER, R. Capriccio
C49215-3
Opera
Opera Arias (arr. for flute, oboe and piano) - DELIBES, L. / PUCCINI, G. / OFFENBACH, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / MOZART, W.A. (Zukerman, Vogel, Helmrich) Delos
DE3209
Chamber Music
OPERA AT THE MOVIES Naxos
8.551164
Orchestral
OPERA BOX Naxos
8.503203
Operetta
OPERA WITHOUT WORDS - The Most Famous Overtures, Preludes, and Interludes in Opera Naxos
8.557945-46
Orchestral
Operetta Overtures (Famous) Naxos
8.550089
Orchestral
PIANO BLISS Naxos
8.578051
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Groschopp, Holger (Busoni Paraphrases and Transcriptions for Piano, Vol. 2) Capriccio
C67135
Instrumental
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110962
Chamber Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: From Fife and Drum (Marine Band Recordings, 1890-1988) Altissimo
75442260902
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442255882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Liberty for All - An Interactive CD of History and Culture Altissimo
75442255782
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.570083
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550053
Instrumental
SEMPER FI! - The Best of the United States Marine Band Altissimo
75442203042
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
STILLA VITA NATTER - Serenad - Liten kvallsmusik (Tranquil White Nights - Serenade - Little Night Music) Naxos
8.570394
Orchestral
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON Naxos
8.570395
Orchestral
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON (Big Music for Little Ears) - Children's Music Compilation Naxos
8.503156
Orchestral
TAUBER, Richard: Opera Arias (1926-1946) Naxos Historical
8.111001
Opera
TEYTE, Maggie: Vocal Portrait (A) (1932-1948) Naxos Historical
8.110757-58
Operetta
THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER AND OTHER PIANO Naxos
8.550646DX
Instrumental
TIBBETT, Lawrence: The White Dove (1926-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120593
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Overtures Altissimo
75442260172
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: Esprit De Corps Altissimo
75442270742
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Ceremonial Music Altissimo
75442270612
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD CHORUS AND BAND: In Concert Altissimo
75442270152
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND: Ceremonials Altissimo
75442261102
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL ARMY BAND: To the Fallen Altissimo
75442261682
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
US ARMY BAND AND CHORUS: Hero for Today Altissimo
75442255772
Choral - Secular
VIRTUOSO CELLO ENCORES Naxos
8.557943
Chamber Music
Virtuoso Cello Encores (Kliegel) Marco Polo
8.223403
Chamber Music
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1992 - French Night (L. Fleisher, Pretre) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107169
Classical Concert
WALTER FELSENSTEIN EDITION (Komische Oper, 1956-76) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101345
Opera DVD
WALTER FELSENSTEIN EDITION (Komische Oper, 1956-76) (NTSC) (Deluxe Limited Edition) Arthaus Musik
101305
Opera DVD
Wedding Celebrations Naxos
8.550900
Orchestral
WEDDING CELEBRATIONS Naxos
8.550900DX
Orchestral
Wind Band Music - CRESTON, P. / SCHWARZ, G. / GRAINGER, P. / COPLAND, A. (Above and Beyond) (The President's Own United States Marine Band, Schwarz) Naxos
8.573121
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
PARADE MUSIC Altissimo
75442259922
Wind Ensemble/Band Music




 
 
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