Bizet - L'Arlésienne Suites (2010)

Bizet, Faure, Gounod

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Kazuki Yamada

When we consider the intrinsic bond between theatre and music, though opera and ballet are what immediately come to mind, there is yet another art form that embodies this association, and which especially in the 19th century enjoyed great popularity: incidental music. In a period in which all theatres had either a pianist or a smaller or larger orchestra in their employ, stage plays were generally accompanied by music – much like in today’s films. And just as a substantial part of the drama in opera unfolds in the orchestra pit, the music employed in the theatre likewise provided an additional layer of meaning, rather than mere depictions of mood. Both the overture and the entr’actes (music played between acts) had the role of preparing the audience for what was to take place on stage. 

 

 

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, permanent conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with its 112 permanent musicians, ensures subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, the City of Geneva symphony concerts, the annual fund-raising concert for the UN, as well as opera performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Its reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of 20th-century French and Russian repertoire.

The orchestra's Music and Artistic Director will be Jonathan Nott from the 2016-2017 season. Its Principal Guest Conductor is Japanese maestro Kazuki Yamada.

Under the guidance of its founding conductor and subsequent music directors (Paul Kletzki 1967- 1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997-2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi, 2012-2015), the world-famous Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is an active contributor to the history of music through the discovery or support of leading contemporary composers. The pieces by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell or Richard Dubugnon were premiered in Geneva by the OSR. It is  one of its important mission: supporting the symphonic creation, and particularly the Swiss one. The OSR is a partner of Pro Helvetia until 2017 for the project “Oeuvres suisses”

 

Kazuki Yamada

Yamada appears regularly with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE and Tonku?nstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein. He is Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and also holds the same title with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, starting in the 2014/2015 season. In Japan, he holds further titles of Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Partner with Sendai Philharmonic and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student. Passionate about choral repertoire, he is Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’s Music Director. The chorus have released ten CDs with Yamada.

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Bizet - L'Arlésienne Suites (2010)

Bizet, Faure, Gounod

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    Classical CD Review

"The young Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada has created quite a stir in the conducting world. Principal guest conductor of the Suisse Romande Orchestra, he also holds that position with the Japan Philharmonic. Here we have the first of three recordings for Pentatone of "dance" music, and it is a winner. These are vigorous performances of these familiar works, and the Swiss orchestra is in top form. In addition, we have Pentatone's superb engineering which, if not particularly "surround," is full-bodied and resonant. I look forward to future releases in this series." (January 2014)

    Audiphile Audition

The Suisse Romande Orchestra, familiar to most record collectors, has a long-standing reputation for its performances of French music. Kazuki Yamada, who began as a choral director, may be a new conductor to many but he is very talented and brings these scores to life. Yamada may not be the greatest specialist in the French orchestral repertory, but this is a most praiseworthy album, and in demonstration-quality hi-res surround. (March 2014)

    Gramophone

Yamada displays an interpretative nous, strength of personality and scrupulous attention to detail that are singularly impressive, and he draws some (for the most part) winningly alert and tastefully refined playing from the OSR (whose principal flute and harp cover themselves in glory). (July 2014)

    Allmusic

L'Arlésienne Suites on Pentatone by James Manheim, All Music "All the music is familiar, some of it very much so. And yet there is always room for a conductor and musicians who approach it with verve and cause listeners to remember what they liked so much about it in the first place. So it is with this performance of Bizet, Fauré, and Gounod by fast-rising conductor Kazuki Yamada and the venerable Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Yamada gets sparkle and elegance out of them at every turn. The highlight is the suite Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112, of Fauré, the very epitome of French grace in its four compact, old-style dances, each the distillation of a long French musical heritage. The smoothness and assured quality of Yamada's readings here are remarkable in such a new face on the scene. In the brash, tuneful L'Arlésienne suites of Bizet and the weightier ballet pieces from Gounod's Faust, he is no less assured, and the entire program is tied together by its links to classical ballet, a world that one hopes, based on this release, that Yamada will enter. A light-footed, transcendent joy, rendered in perfect Super Audio sound by the audiophile PentaTone label, working on the orchestra's home ground of Geneva's Victoria Hall."

Bizet - L'Arlésienne Suites (2010)

Bizet, Faure, Gounod

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneve Switzerland
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Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.1, Prelude
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Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.1, Minuetto
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Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.1, Adagietto
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Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.1, Carillon
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Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.2, Pastorale
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Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.2, Intermezzo
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Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.2, Menuet
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Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.2, Farandole
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Faure Suite Op.112, Ouverture
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Faure Suite Op.112, Menuet
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Faure Suite Op.112, Gavotte
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Faure Suite Op.112, Pastorale
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Gounod Faust, Les Nubiennes
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Gounod Faust, Adagio
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Gounod Faust, Danse antique
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Gounod Faust, Variations de Cleopatre
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Gounod Faust, Les Troyennes
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Gounod Faust, Variations du Miroir
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Gounod Faust, Danse de Phryne
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