La Folie Francaise

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Label: VIRGIN
Catalog: 356292
Format: CD

Various Artists

La folie française is an odyssey of the French classical composers from the 19th Century (Georges Bizet, César Franck…) to nowadays (Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux…), as well as the golden age (Satie, Debussy, Ravel or Saint-Saëns), reflecting the concert’s programme. It’s a great opportunity to hear such masterpieces of this prolific period in the history of music as “La Mer” by Debussy, Bizet’s “Carmen suite”, the “Bolero”, two “Gnossiennes”, “L’Apprenti sorcier” by Paul Dukas (best known for being used in Fantasia’s soundtrack), César Franck’s violin sonata… and the more unusual Oboe sonata by Charles Koechlin, d’Indy’s “Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français”, and works by Chausson and Séverac. French melodies by Massenet, Duparc and Hahn, jazzy classical pieces of Darius Milhaud and Jean Wiéner, and great symphonic works by Poulenc and Roussel complete this compilation of 64 tracks and over 5 hours of music, all served by the greatest performers: Samson François, Michel Plasson, Jean Martinon, Alexandre Tharaud, Georges Prêtre, Anne Queffélec, Augustin Dumay, etc

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