Roger Désormière – The Decca Recordings
Roger Désormière
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4840416
Barcode
00028948404162
Format
4-CD
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ROGER DÉSORMIÈRE

Complete Decca Recordings

 

CD 1

1 BIZET Patrie – Overture*
2–6 BIZET Jeux d’enfants – Petite Suite*
7 CHABRIER Habanera*
8 DEBUSSY Marche ecossaise*
9–13 SCARLATTI–TOMMASINI The Good-Humoured Ladies*

 

CD 2                                                       

1–5 TCHAIKOVSKY The Sleeping Beauty – Suite, Op. 66a
6–9 IPPOLITOV-IVANOV Causasian Sketches – Suite No. 1*
10–15 IBERT Divertissement*
16–21 POULENC Les Biches – Suite

 

CD 3                                                                                                                                                                

1–7 CHOPIN–DOUGLAS Les Sylphides*
8–12 DELIBES Coppélia – Suite*
13–18 DELIBES Sylvia – Suite*

 

CD 4

1 GOUNOD Ah ! je veux vivre (Roméo et Juliette)
2 OFFENBACH Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Les Contes d’Hoffmann)
3 GOUNOD O légère hirondelle (Mireille)
4 THOMAS Je suis Titania (Mignon)
5 PROCH Deh! torna mi bene (Air and variations)
6 CHARPENTIER Depuis le jour (Louise)

Janine Micheau, soprano (CD 4)
National Symphony Orchestra (CD 1: 1–8)
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris (CD1: 9–13; CDs 2–4)
Roger Désormière

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Track previews
Coppélia (Suite): 3. Czardas
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22 WD 56 - Petite Suite: 3. Impromptu: La toupie
The Sleeping Beauty (Suite), Op. 66a, TH 234: Valse
Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1, Op. 10: 1. in a Mountain Pass
Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1, Op. 10: 2. in the Village
Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1, Op. 10: 3. in the Mosque
Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1, Op. 10: 4. Procession of the Sardar
Divertissement: 1. Introduction
Divertissement: 2. Cortège
Divertissement: 3. Nocturne
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22 WD 56 - Petite Suite: 2. Berceuse: La Poupée
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22 WD 56 - Petite Suite: 4. Duo: Petit mari, petite femme
The Sleeping Beauty (Suite), Op. 66a, TH 234: Pas de caractère: Puss in Boots
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22 WD 56 - Petite Suite: 5. Galop: Le bal
Habanera
Marche écossaise, L. 77
The Good-Humoured Ladies: 1. Presto (Arr. Tommasini)
The Good-Humoured Ladies: 2. Allegro (Arr. Tommasini)
The Good-Humoured Ladies: 3. Andante (Arr. Tommasini)
The Good-Humoured Ladies: 4. Non presto, in tempo di ballo (Arr. Tommasini)
The Good-Humoured Ladies: 5. Presto (Arr. Tommasini)
The Sleeping Beauty (Suite), Op. 66a, TH 234: Introduction - The Lilac Fairy
La Patrie: Overture
The Sleeping Beauty (Suite), Op. 66a, TH 234: Panorama. Andantino
The Sleeping Beauty (Suite), Op. 66a, TH 234: Pas d'action: Rose Adagio
Coppélia (Suite): 4. Scène et valse de la poupée
Les Sylphides: Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64 No. 2 (Orch. Douglas)
Coppélia (Suite): 5. Ballade et thème slave varié
Sylvia (Suite): Prélude - Les Chasseresses
Sylvia (Suite): Intermezzo et valse lente
Sylvia (Suite): Violon solo
Sylvia (Suite): Pas des Ethiopiens - Chant bachique
Les Sylphides: Nocturne in A-Flat Major, Op. 32 No. 2 (Orch. Douglas)
Les Sylphides: Waltz in G-Flat Major, Op. 70 No. 1 (Orch. Douglas)
Les Sylphides: Mazurka in D Major, Op. 33 No. 2 (Orch. Douglas)
Les Sylphides: Mazurka in C Major, Op. 67 No. 3 (Orch. Douglas)
Les Sylphides: Prélude in A Major, Op. 28 No. 7 (Orch. Douglas)
Les Sylphides: Grande valse brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 18 (Orch. Douglas)
Les biches (Suite): Final
Coppélia (Suite): 1. Prélude - Mazurka
Coppélia (Suite): 2. Entr'acte - Valse
Divertissement: 4. Valse
Divertissement: 5. Parade
Divertissement: 6. Finale
Les biches (Suite): Rondeau
Les biches (Suite): Chanson dansée
Les biches (Suite): Adagietto
Les biches (Suite): Rag - Mazurka
Les biches (Suite): Andantino
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22 WD 56 - Petite Suite: 1. Marche: Trompette et tambour
Recording information

Recording Producers: Terence Gibbs (Bizet: Jeux d’enfants); Victor Olof (Debussy, Chabrier, Bizet: Patrie, Gounod, Offenbach, Thomas, Proch, Charpentier); John Culshaw (Tchaikovsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Ibert, Poulenc, Scarlatti); unknown (Chopin, Delibes)
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (Bizet: Jeux d’enfants, Debussy, Chabrier, Bizet: Patrie, Tchaikovsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Ibert, Poulenc, Scarlatti, Gounod, Offenbach, Thomas, Proch, Charpentier); Unknown (Chopin, Delibes)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 15 May 1947 (Bizet, Debussy, Chabrier); La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France, 24 May 1948 (Gounod, Proch); 25 May 1948 (Offenbach, Thomas, Charpentier); 21 February 1950 (Delibes); 22 February 1950 (Chopin); 15-20 June 1951 (Tchaikovsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Ibert, Poulenc, Scarlatti)
Transfers and Audio Restoration: Mark Obert-Thorn (CD 1)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer (CDs 2–4)
Original Decca Releases: (A)K 1845-46 (Bizet: Jeux d’enfants, Chabrier: July 1948); K 1990 (Charpentier, Offenbach: December 1948); K 2126 (Proch, Thomas: March 1949); K 2158 (Gounod: June 1948); LXT 2528 (Micheau recital: May 1951); K 2095 (Debussy: 1949); AK 2105-6 (Bizet: Patrie: November 1949); LM 4501 (Delibes: Coppélia: June 1950); LM 4502 (Delibes: Sylvia: June 1950); LM 4511 (Chopin: October 1950); LXT 2610 (Tchaikovsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov: September 1951); LXT 2720 (Poulenc, Scarlatti: September 1952); LXT 2868 (Ibert: January 1954)

Reviews

‘A lovely voice and most accomplished coloratura … The orchestral playing and the recording are both good.’ Gramophone, April 1949 (Proch/Thomas)

‘played and recorded as well as they are ever likely to be’ High Fidelity, January 1953 (Poulenc, Scarlatti)

‘The whole thing sounds like a sketch from a sophisticated revue. Désormière points the jokes without overdoing them, and the recording is agreeable.’ The Record Guide, 1955 (Ibert)

‘The performance captures, with affectionate irony, the atmosphere of the period in which the music was conceived … and the recording is wonderfully realistic.’ The Record Guide, 1955 (Poulenc)

‘The orchestration is done with a very nice sense of style and the suite is sprucely played.’ The Record Guide, 1955 (Scarlatti)

‘Janine Micheau has been much admired … she always seems to enjoy exceptionally good recording.’ The Record Guide, 1955 (Micheau recital)

‘These charming and delicately scored ballets receive from Désormière and the Paris orchestra a charming and delicate performance.’ The Record Guide, 1955 (Delibes)

‘The conductor delivers fresh, lively readings … that hit precisely the right moods. His Divertissement is wonderfully sarcastic, with more guttersnipe attitude than in any other version I’ve heard. The Sleeping Beauty suite never loses its transparency, poise, or light-footed fleetness, nor The Good-Humored Ladies its wit and vigour.’ Fanfare, September 2004