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‘Massenet’s symphonic compositions reveal many aspects of his talent: incidental music inspired by Greek tragedy; ballet under Spanish influence; a romantic concert overture in Phèdre; and Brumaire, one of the discoveries of this album, a striking patriotic overture representing Napoleon’s coup, recorded here for the first time.

But the most fascinating aspect of his music for orchestra is to be found in his symphonic poem Visions, inspired by a journey into the Alps. Who would think of Massenet as the first composer to introduce electronic music in 1891 in his symphonic compositions? Visions has a line in the score for an Electrophone, an instrument invented a few months earlier, reproducing the human voice. Massenet used it to represent a departed loved one, heard from afar like a reminiscence. The piece also served as a sketch for his Thaïs meditation, producing a spacial effect of a small chamber group of solo violin and harp playing in dialogue with the full orchestra.’

Jean-Luc Tingaud

Jules MASSENET (1842–1912)
Visions
Brumaire • Phèdre
Espada • Les Érinnyes

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Jean-Luc Tingaud

Jules Massenet is famous for his series of 27 operas that include Manon and Werther, but he also wrote a significant portfolio of orchestral music which include ballets, orchestral suites and incidental music. The works presented here show his versatility and lyricism and include the one-act ballet Espada, saturated in Iberian colour and beguiling rhythms, as well as Les Érinnyes (‘The Furies’) with a vivid sequence of contrasting themes. Modelled after Liszt, Visions is a poème-symphonique of both ethereal and dramatic power.

Listen to an extract from Brumaire
About the Artists
Jean-Luc Tingaud has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, the Warsaw and Kraków Philharmonics, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lorraine and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. His recordings include Sapho (Wexford), Werther (Martina Franca), La voix humaine (Compiègne), Le siège de Corinthe (Bad Wildbad) and, most recently for Naxos, albums of works by Bizet, Dukas, Franck, d’Indy and Poulenc.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras, is led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, who was appointed music director in 2018. The orchestra has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’or de l’année awards and eight GRAMMY Awards nominations. Among their 200 releases are the complete symphonies of Sibelius (Gibson) and Prokofiev (Järvi) and the major orchestral works of Debussy (Denève) and Richard Strauss (Søndergård).
More albums featuring French repertoire conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud
8.573344
BIZET, G.:
Roma
Marche funèbre
Overture in A • Patrie
Petite suite

RTÉ National Symphony Orchesta
Tingaud
★★★★★
★★★★
★★★★
‘The performances are supremely elegant … this is an important release, and highly recommended.’
The Guardian ★★★★
8.573522
INDY, V. d':
Symphony No. 2
Souvenirs • Istar
Fervaal

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Tingaud
★★★★★
★★★★
‘The performances here are uniformly excellent.’
MusicWeb International
8.573296
DUKAS, P.:
Symphony in C
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
La Péri

RTÉ National Symphony Orchesta
Tingaud
★★★★★
★★★★
★★★★
‘…this new Naxos release from Dublin, under rising young conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, steps to the head of the pack. We seem to have before our ears a French George Szell in the making.’
Fanfare
8.573955
FRANCK, C.:
Le Chasseur maudit
Psyché • Les Éolides

RCS Voices
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Tingaud
★★★★
★★★★
‘Excellent readings by Tingaud, superb playing and singing by the Scottish National Orchestra and RCS Voices, and a fine recording by Naxos.’
Fanfare
★★★★★
★★★★
★★★★
★★★★★
‘Tingaud’s precise, clear-eyed direction is just what this music needs, and as in his other Naxos productions he has the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra playing with remarkable dedication and pizzazz.’
ClassicsToday.com
For the full list of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s discography on Naxos,
please visit www.naxos.com/orchestrainfo/Royal_Scottish_National_Orchestra/35420.htm.


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