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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 1991 | Mercury Living Presence (Universal Music)

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Chicness, elegance, humor when it's not a good laugh, these are the ingredients of this well-known album. Brilliantly recorded at the start of stereophony by the engineers of the famous American label Mercury (that Philips will buy in the 60s); this is a very happy celebration of Emmanuel Chabrier's music. Paul Paray has no equal to sway the rhythms of España and vibrate the space of the Pastoral Suite. In this score, the friend of the painters who were Chabrier (he owned, in his apartment Avenue Trudaine in Paris, an exceptional collection of paintings of his friends Manet, Monet, Sisley, Cezanne) dresses four movements of its Pièces pittoresques from a seductive orchestral palette, from the delicate pastel sound of the marvelous Idyll (which made Poulenc lose his head) to the diaphanous colors of Sous-bois to finish at the ball of an imaginary festival with Scherzo-Waltz. Fête polonaise, Joyeuse marche and the breathtaking Overture of Gwendoline complete this reference monograph devoted to one of the most smiling French composers. FH (© Qobuz)
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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Mercury (Universal France)

Recorded between 1956 and 1962, these performances represent the core repertoire of French Romantic music that Paul Paray explored during his tenure with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A comprehensive collection that includes essential masterpieces along with several works that have fallen by the wayside, this five-disc set offers more than most listeners will want. Even so, a few will find it educational and enjoyable for its unusual contents and for the DSO's vigorous playing. Paray's energetic, vibrant reading of Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 in C minor, "Organ," holds up quite well, even by contemporary standards; and the renditions of Bizet's Carmen and L'Arlésienne Suites are more exciting and theatrical than many other later recordings, which boast better sound but lack true drama. One may pick and choose among the less fashionable works by Barraud, Auber, Thomas, Hérold, and Lalo, and even find Paray's own Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc a bit tedious. But fans of Paray's conducting and buffs of historical recordings will relish this set's "time-capsule" quality, and gladly accept its eccentricities. The acoustics of Ford Auditorium, Old Orchestra Hall, and Cass Technical High School vary considerably, but Mercury has remastered these extraordinary recordings well and balanced the sound admirably.
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Symphonic Music - Released March 1, 1992 | Mercury Living Presence (Universal Music)

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Classical - Released May 27, 2015 | Ina, musique(s)

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Classical - Released January 16, 2017 | Mangora Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1963 | BnF Collection

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Classical - Released April 10, 2017 | Mangora Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1960 | BnF Collection

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Classical - Released July 25, 2018 | Editions Audiovisuel Beulah

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Classical - Released April 6, 2017 | Mangora Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1960 | BnF Collection

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Pop - Released April 27, 2017 | Mon patrimoine musical

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 1961 | BnF Collection

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