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‘Magnard’s music demands a lot from his interpreters. His orchestral works represent a large mix of the styles of his time. It is very important to find a singular approach to this music and not to present it as a kind of puzzle or mosaic of styles, nor as a kind of experimental mix, but to delve into it and find its true secrets. This music doesn’t open itself up easily; as a result it requires a very open approach.

As with Sleeping Beauty, one has to explore different avenues before finally discovering the one that brings her back to life. Having done this with Magnard’s music and finally hearing the completed recording, you feel like Prince Charming who thinks that his bride is even more beautiful than he had first thought.’

Fabrice Bollon, conductor

Albéric MAGNARD (1865–1914)
Orchestral Works
Ouverture • Chant funèbre
Hymne à la justice • Hymne à Vénus
Suite d’orchestre dans le style ancien

Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
Fabrice Bollon

Although Albéric Magnard’s oeuvre is relatively small, the uncompromising perfectionism with which he worked created a catalogue that is filled with expansive, complex and beautifully crafted music. Composed while he was still a student of Vincent d’Indy, the Suite d’orchestre dans le style ancien follows 18th-century models and is simultaneously solemn and joyful in mood, while the Chant funèbre is seen as his first true masterpiece. The importance of justice in Magnard’s life is expressed in the Hymne à la justice, while the Hymne à Vénus reflects every aspect of love, from tenderness to elation.

Listen to an extract from
Hymne à la justice
About the Artists
Fabrice Bollon assumed the post of general music director/chief conductor at Germany’s Theater Freiburg in 2009. In 2016, he was unanimously re-elected for another term and began recording for Naxos, releasing a remarkable interpretation of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane in 2018 (8.660410-12). His work in Freiburg has garnered international acclaim, including Editor’s Choice accolades in Gramophone magazine and Diapason d’Or awards.
The Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1887 and quickly established itself as the city's official orchestra at the Theater Freiburg, collaborating with musicians such as Clara Schumann and Richard Strauss in its early days. The orchestra has been nominated several times as Orchestra of the Year in the journal Opernwelt and was awarded the German Music Publisher’s Prize for Best Programme in the 1998–99 and 2011–12 seasons.
Previous recordings by Fabrice Bollon and the Freiburg Philharmonic
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2

Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
‘… Bollon excels, and he’s aided by excellent sound from a Southwest German Radio studio in Baden-Baden ... This recording may make many listeners ask themselves how they could have been missing Magnard all these years.’
Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4

Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
‘Magnard responds well to Bollon’s spontaneous tempo shifts and ferocious energy. The daring rhapsodic spirit here is wonderfully involving.’
Das Wunder der Heliane

Kremer • Argiris • Storey • Hebelková
Van Hove • Thammathi • Hanczár
Choirs of the Theater Freiburg
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
‘Fabrice Bollon conducts the Freiburg Philharmonic in a charged interpretation of this mammoth work.’
Opera News

Strebel • Czarny
Melnikova • Jung • Orozco
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
Bollon • Mundel • Motta
‘Conductor Fabrice Bollon does his part
to keep the musical proceedings buoyant and intimate, befitting the size of the auditorium.’
American Record Guide

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