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Jules Massenet: Songs with Orchestra

Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Hervé Niquet

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The Palazzetto Bru Zane label has done yeoman's work in rediscovering unknown French music from the late Classical through the early modern periods, but the label may have outdone itself with this album of orchestral songs by Jules Massenet. It's the sheer size of the repertoire that astonishes; Massenet alone wrote some 300 of these, and they were also composed by Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Chausson, and a host of other composers. The Massenet songs here are all world recorded premieres. Why were they forgotten? The annotations point to the fact that, unlike Berlioz's Les nuits d'éte, they were never published; they were not written in sets but were intended for the kind of 19th century concert on which large and small works would be performed side by side. Indeed, one thing that strikes the listener about the Massenet songs is their brevity; they are not in the least like little operatic scenes but are fully self-contained. They have a great deal of charm, whether in irresistible miniatures like Baiser-Impromptu ("Impromptu Kiss"), slightly longer conceptions like Hymne d'amour, or instrumental pieces that are again not like operatic interludes but are really little orchestral songs without words. Conductor Hervé Niquet, better known for work in early music, is absolutely in tune with these pieces, getting their delicacy with his small Orchestre de chambre de Paris. The pieces are of consistently high quality, and it is no wonder that he was able to attract high-profile singers like Véronique Gens and Cyrille Dubois, as well as a host of interesting up-and-comers, to the project. It is also no wonder that this album of completely unknown music hit the best-seller charts in the summer of 2022.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Pensée de printemps
Cyrille Dubois
00:02:43

Jules Massenet, Composer - Armand Silvestre, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

2
Le poète et le fantôme
Véronique Gens
00:03:45

Jules Massenet, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Veronique Gens, Soloist, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

3
Hymne d’amour
Etienne Dupuis
00:03:50

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher - Paul Desachy, Lyricist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

4
Amoureuse
Nicole Car
00:03:04

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nicole Car, Soloist, MainArtist - Louis Morel-Retz, Lyricist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

5
Si tu veux, mignonne
Jodie Devos
00:02:49

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Georges Boyer, Lyricist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jodie Devos, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

6
Chant provençal
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:02:43

Jules Massenet, Composer - Michel Carre, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

7
Rêverie de Colombine
Orchestre de chambre de Paris
00:01:57

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

8
Souvenez-vous, Vierge Marie !
Véronique Gens
00:04:07

Jules Massenet, Composer - Veronique Gens, Soloist, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Lyricist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

9
Les enfants
Jodie Devos
00:02:30

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Georges Boyer, Lyricist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jodie Devos, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

10
Pensée d’automne
Cyrille Dubois
00:04:27

Jules Massenet, Composer - Armand Silvestre, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

11
Baiser-Impromptu
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:01:30

Jules Massenet, Composer, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

12
Je t’aime
Nicole Car
00:01:52

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Suzanne Bozzani, Lyricist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nicole Car, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

13
À Colombine
Etienne Dupuis
00:02:11

Jules Massenet, Composer - Louis Gallet, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

14
Scène religieuse
Orchestre de chambre de Paris
00:01:46

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

15
Sœur d’élection
Véronique Gens
00:02:29

Jules Massenet, Composer - Veronique Gens, Soloist, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher - Émile Trolliet, Lyricist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

16
Crépuscule
Jodie Devos
00:01:40

Jules Massenet, Composer - FLORIAN, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jodie Devos, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

17
Aurore
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:01:47

Jules Massenet, Composer - FLORIAN, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

18
Pitchounette
Cyrille Dubois
00:01:44

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Jacques Normand, Lyricist - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

19
L’improvisatore
Nicole Car
00:02:33

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nicole Car, Soloist, MainArtist - Giuseppe Zaffira, Lyricist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

20
Les fleurs
Nicole Car
00:03:06

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Jacques Normand, Lyricist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist, MainArtist - Nicole Car, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

21
Menuet d’amour
Orchestre de chambre de Paris
00:01:54

Jules Massenet, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

22
Marquise
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:03:04

Jules Massenet, Composer - Armand Silvestre, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

23
On dit !
Véronique Gens
00:02:44

Jules Massenet, Composer - Veronique Gens, Soloist, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean Roux, Lyricist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

24
Musette
Jodie Devos
00:03:30

Jules Massenet, Composer - FLORIAN, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jodie Devos, Soloist, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

25
La Chanson de Musette
Cyrille Dubois
00:02:41

Jules Massenet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Lyricist - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist - Éditions musicales du Palazzetto Bru Zane, MusicPublisher

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

Album Description

The Palazzetto Bru Zane label has done yeoman's work in rediscovering unknown French music from the late Classical through the early modern periods, but the label may have outdone itself with this album of orchestral songs by Jules Massenet. It's the sheer size of the repertoire that astonishes; Massenet alone wrote some 300 of these, and they were also composed by Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Chausson, and a host of other composers. The Massenet songs here are all world recorded premieres. Why were they forgotten? The annotations point to the fact that, unlike Berlioz's Les nuits d'éte, they were never published; they were not written in sets but were intended for the kind of 19th century concert on which large and small works would be performed side by side. Indeed, one thing that strikes the listener about the Massenet songs is their brevity; they are not in the least like little operatic scenes but are fully self-contained. They have a great deal of charm, whether in irresistible miniatures like Baiser-Impromptu ("Impromptu Kiss"), slightly longer conceptions like Hymne d'amour, or instrumental pieces that are again not like operatic interludes but are really little orchestral songs without words. Conductor Hervé Niquet, better known for work in early music, is absolutely in tune with these pieces, getting their delicacy with his small Orchestre de chambre de Paris. The pieces are of consistently high quality, and it is no wonder that he was able to attract high-profile singers like Véronique Gens and Cyrille Dubois, as well as a host of interesting up-and-comers, to the project. It is also no wonder that this album of completely unknown music hit the best-seller charts in the summer of 2022.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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