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Classical - Released March 10, 2017 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 6, 2011 | Aeon

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Symphonic Music - Released September 25, 2020 | Alpha

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Alexandre Bloch, who has been Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lille since 2016, has chosen to devote a whole season of concerts to Mahler’s symphonies. The Seventh (1904-05) is the most rarely recorded of the cycle – unjustly, because this work later nicknamed ‘Song of the Night’ testifies as clearly as its companions to the metaphysical grandiloquence that haunted Mahler during its gestation. From the gloomy Adagio of the first movement to the thundering Rondo that concludes the work, Alexandre Bloch and his orchestra lead us from the anguish of twilight to the ecstasies of dawn. © Alpha Classics
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Classical - Released December 4, 2020 | Evidence

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On the occasion of Jean-Claude Casadesus's reunion with the Orchestre National de Lille, the French label Evidence classics releases an exclusive live recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Recorded during the Festival de Saint-Denis in 2008, this concert features the major soloists Violeta Urmana and Clifton Forbis, whose voices are rediscovered with delight. This album reaffirms the unique emotional strength of live recordings that serves admirably Mahler's masterpiece. © Evidence
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Classical - Released November 10, 2017 | Naxos

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For this 2017 Naxos release, Darrell Ang leads the Orchestre National de Lille in a program of tuneful overtures from the operettas of Jacques Offenbach. Initially, Offenbach gave his stage works short musical introductions, but later wrote full-fledged overtures for them, largely to cater to the taste of his Viennese audiences. While most of Offenbach's 100 operettas and one-act pieces have become obscure, many of their overtures survive as concert bonbons. The program offers a few overtures assembled by other hands, such as Orphée aux enfers (arranged by Carl Binder and Johann Georg Busch), La Belle Hélène (arranged by Eduard Haensch), the "Kakadou" Overture from Vert-Vert (arranged by Fritz Hoffman), and several that are credited to Offenbach himself, including the overtures to La Vie parisienne, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, and La Fille du tambour-major, as well as a work from his youth, the Ouverture á grand orchestre. This rarity predates Offenbach's theatrical ventures, and shows the 24-year-old composer attempting a concert work in the early Romantic style of Weber. Yet the melodies of Offenbach's mature works are what most aficionados cherish, and the album provides many examples of the infectious tunes that prompted Rossini to call Offenbach "the Mozart of the Champs-Élysées." © TiVo
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Classical - Released November 8, 2019 | Alpha

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Alexandre Bloch juxtaposes two French composers on this disc. First of all, Maurice Ravel, with the Rapsodie espagnole, his first major work for orchestra alone, written at the age of thirty-two, and La Valse, premiered thirteen years later and which he himself described as a ‘fantastical and fatal whirlwind’. And then Benjamin Attahir, born in Toulouse in 1989, one of the most gifted and prominent composers of the new generation. Commissioned by the Orchestre National de Lille and recorded here for the first time, it is a concerto for serpent that showcases the splendid sound of this low wind instrument, a member of the brass family even though it is made of wood covered in leather. ‘Adh Dhohr is part of a cycle I wanted to write focusing on the Salah, the daily rhythm of Muslim devotion’, says Benjamin Attahir. ‘This piece refers to the noon prayer, when the sun is at its zenith . . . The musical form is constructed around this “zenithal” moment and unfolds concentrically around it. (...) I wanted – as in oriental music – to return to the strictest monophony, which is a rather unusual project in concertante music. Soloist and orchestra share a single voice between them.’ © Alpha Classics
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Classical - Released June 1, 2005 | Naxos

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When it comes to French composer Darius Milhaud, one often reads about how prolific he was compared to others working in his time -- it appears Milhaud would never struggle over a work with a deadline looming, preferring to submit it in any presentable state achieved by that time. As a result, the quality of his work can be variable. Mainly his reputation rests on pieces fashioned in the early '20s and mid- to late '30s, and four of these cornerstone works may be found on Naxos' Milhaud: La Création du monde in performances by the Orchestre National de Lille led by Jean-Claude Casadesus. In terms of the selection, it is very well made to represent Milhaud the composer, although it lacks the Scaramouche Suite, easily available on any number of releases. However, in the 1920s works L'Homme et son désir, La Création du monde, and Le boeuf sur le toit, Casadesus doesn't take any risks, not a good thing in music that was itself risky when it was written. The tempi are careful and bland, and the pieces are played stiffly with no swing to them. Casadesus and the Orchestre National de Lille do much better in the Suite provençale, which is more conservative in style and probably better suited to this group than the others. But that only accounts for 15 of this disc's 68 minutes, and the works are better served elsewhere, perhaps best of all on Milhaud's own recordings. L'Homme et son désir in particular is a train wreck, and the smug showboating of tenor Mathias Vidal in the wordless chorus is so irritating one wants to reach up and smack him. If one doesn't have a good Suite provençale, and this is one of Milhaud's most eloquent statements, and very nicely done here, the expense of the Naxos disc is not so great as to hinder the purchase for just the one work. For the other pieces though, almost anything else is preferable. © TiVo
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Classical - Released December 4, 2015 | Naxos

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