Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944) And Augusta Holmes (1847-1903)

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Dramatic Ambitions20080618

Donald Macleod considers the events and music which inspired Holmes to write four operas, culminating in the mounting of La Montagne Noire at the Paris Opera.

In contrast, after writing a successful ballet early in her career and despite two attempts at writing an opera, Chaminade never completed a work in either genre thereafter.

With Marcia Citron, Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology at Rice University, and Karen Henson, Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Chaminade: Callirhoe

Peter Jacobs (piano)

Chaminade: l'Ete; Sombrero

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Holmes: Ouverture pour une comedie

Rheinland-Pfalz Philharmonic

Samuel Friedman (conductor)

Chaminade: Nice-la-Belle

Chaminade: Valse carnavalesque, Op 73

Bengt Forsberg, Peter Jablonski (pianos)

Chaminade: Ma premiere lettre

Chaminade: Lettres d'amour (text Emma di Rienzi)

Heidrun Blase (mezzo-soprano)

Ulrich Bremsteller (harmonium)

Holmes: Andromede

Chaminade: Automne (No 2 - Etudes de concert, Op 35)

John Ogdon (piano).

01The Inner Circle *20080616

Donald Macleod explores the early influences and contrasting experiences of Chaminade and Holmes in their family background and training.

With contributions from Marcia Citron, Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology at Rice University, and Karen Henson, Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Chaminade: La Lisonjera, Op.50

Eric Parkin (piano)

Chandos, Chan 8888

CD1 Track 15,

Holmes: Parmi les meules

Rebecca de Pont Davies (mezzo-contralto), Claire Toomer (piano)

Lorelt LNT 109

Track 3

Chaminade: Arabesque in G minor, op.61

Danielle Laval (piano)

EMI 5 65563 2

Track 4,

Holmes : Trois anges sont Venus Ce Soir

Raymond Lefevre and his orchestra

LP RCA INTS 1360,

S1 B5

Holmes: Irlande

Rheinland-Pfatz Philharmonic, Samuel Friedmann (conductor)

Naxos 8.223449

Track 1,

Chaminade: Concertstuck

Rosari Marciano (piano), Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg,

Louis de Froment (conductor)

Turnabout Vox 1160142

Chaminade : Chanson triste

Anne-Sofie von Otter (mezzo soprano), Bengt Forsberg (piano)

DG471 331-2

Track 23,.

02Rising Stars *20080617

Donald Macleod explores how both Chaminade and Holmes used the artistic salon as a vehicle to bring their music to wider attention.

With contributions from Marcia Citron, Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology at Rice University, and Karen Henson, Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Chaminade: Ronde d'amour (Ah! Si l'amour prenait racine)

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Chaminade: Autrefois (Pieces humoristiques, Op 87)

Stephen Hough (piano)

Holmes: Serenade printaniere

Rebecca de Pont Davies (mezzo-contralto)

Claire Toomer (piano)

Holmes: Fantaisie for clarinet and piano

Victoria Soames Samek (clarinet)

John Flinders (piano)

BBC Recording

Holmes: Molto lento

Chaminade: Concertino for flute and orchestra, Op 102

Susan Milan (flute)

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Chaminade: Trio No 1 in G minor, Op 11 (1881)

Tzigane Piano Trio

Holmes: Reverie tzigane

Anthony Goldstone (piano).

04Fame And Reputation20080619

Donald Macleod considers the different ways in which Chaminade and Holmes exploited celebrity status, as they profited from the political uncertainties and the dawning of the Third Republic.

With Marcia Citron, Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology at Rice University, and Karen Henson, Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Chaminade, arr Kreisler: Serenade Espagnole (for violin and piano), Op 150

Nils-Erik Spark (violin)

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Chaminade: 3 Romances san paroles, (6 Songs Without Words, Op 76)

Eric Parkin (piano)

Chaminade: Piano Sonata

Danielle Laval (piano)

Chaminade: Gloria, Mass for two equal voices, Op 167 No 2

Dorte Blase (soprano)

Heidrun Blase (mezzo-soprano)

Ulrich Bremsteller (harmonium)

Holmes: la belle Madeleine

Rebecca de Pont Davies (mezzo-contralto)

Claire Toomer (piano)

Holmes: Pologne

Rheinland-Pfalz Philharmonic

Samuel Friedman (conductor)

Chaminade: Pas des cymbales, Op 36 No 2

Bengt Forsberg, Peter Jablonski (pianos).

05 LASTLegacy20080620

Donald Macleod looks at the legacy of Chaminade and Holmes, and experts Marcia Citron and Karen Henson put the case for re-evaluation.

Chaminade: Scarf Dance

Eric Parkin (piano)

Chaminade: L'anneau d'argent

Anne-Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Holmes: Au pays

John Charles Thomas (baritone)

Chaminade: Fauns, Op 60

Cecile Chaminade (piano)

Chaminade: Serenade aux etoiles

Christine Hankin (flute)

Timothy Murray (piano)

Chaminade: Trio No 2 in A minor

Tzigane Piano Trio

Holmes: La nuit et l'amour (Interlude - Ludus pro patria)

Rheinland-Pfalz Philharmonic

Patrick Davin (conductor)

Holmes: Two songs - Chanson lointaine; La haine

Rebecca de Pont Davies (mezzo-contralto)

Claire Toomer (piano).