Pierné: Saint Francis of Assisi & The Year One Thousand

 
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reference SOCD392/3
number of CDs 2
unit price 32.10 €
performer(s) » RTF National Orchestra
» Jean Giraudeau
» Lucien Lovano
» Bernard Demigny
» Raymond Amade
» Berthe Monmart
» Jeanne De Faria
» Freda Betti
» René Alix
» Jean Fournet
» Paris Radio Symphonic Orchestra
» RTF Choirs

 
Presentation

In the vast panorama of turn-of-the-century French music, there are certain familiar names of whose true importance cannot be suspected, often generally summed up in a few laconic phrases relegated to footnotes. Too often reduced to his sole activity as a conductor, Gabriel Pierné is one of them. Granted, on the podium of the Concerts Colonne between 1910 and 1932, he asserted himself as one of the most fervent defenders of traditional and avant-garde music, giving the first performances of such fundamental works as Stravinsky’s Firebird (1910), Debussy’s Ibéria (1910) and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (1911). But even though those claims to fame should be enough to justify his place in history books, the remarkable quality of his musical works deserves equal attention.
Cyril Bongers

 
Track list

Disc 1
1.
Gabriel Pierné Saint Francis of Assisi: Prologue, I. Francis’s Youth
2.
Gabriel Pierné Saint Francis of Assisi: Prologue, II. Francis and Poverty
3.
Gabriel Pierné Saint Francis of Assisi: First Part, I. The Leper
4.
Gabriel Pierné Saint Francis of Assisi: First Part, II. Sister Claire
5.
Gabriel Pierné Saint Francis of Assisi: First Part, III. The Birds
Disc 2
1.
Gabriel Pierné Saint Francis of Assisi: Second Part, V. The Hymn of the Sun
2.
Gabriel Pierné Saint Francis of Assisi: Second Part, VI. Francis’s Death
3.
Gabriel Pierné The Year One Thousand: I. Miserere mei
4.
Gabriel Pierné The Year One Thousand: II. Feast of mad people and the donkey
5.
Gabriel Pierné The Year One Thousand: III. Te Deum