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a series of one-hour radio programs produced, written, hosted, and edited
by Fred Flaxman

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Program 215
"More Longing for Lalo"


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opening of: Lalo: Rapsodie II: Presto, performed by the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monti-Carlo conducted by Antonio de Almeida [Philips 432 278-2, Track 6] [under the following]

The French composer Édouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo is not one of the most immediately recognized names in French music, but he has written several popular classics that deserve to be in every classical music lover’s collection. Stay with me for the next hour and we’ll listen together to Lalo’s tuneful Symphony in G Minor, two Rapsodies, and three movements from his Namouna Suite No. 1.  I’m Fred Flaxman, and this is Compact Discoveries.

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This is the second of two hours I’m devoting to Lalo’s music. The first hour presented his Symphonie espagnole and the first movement of his Cello Concerto. If you haven’t heard that hour yet, you can stream it on demand at your convenience through the Compact Discoveries website, www.compactdiscoveries.com.

Lalo’s Symphony in G Minor was composed in 1885 and 1886. It was first conducted on Feb. 7, 1887, by Charles Lamoureux, to whom it is dedicated. It is Lalo’s only published symphony. He wrote two earlier symphonies, but they were not published and were lost.

We hear the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo conducted by Antonio de Almeida in this Philips compact disc recording.

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Lalo: Symphoniy in G Minor, performed by the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo conducted by Antonio de Almeida [Philips 432 278-2, Tracks 1-4]  [28:00]

Symphony in G Minor, by Édouard Lalo. The Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo was conducted by Antonio de Almeida.

You are listening to “More Longing for Lalo” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m Fred Flaxman.

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In 1880 Lalo wrote a Fantaisie Norvégienne for violin and orchestra, which he promptly rewrote for orchestra alone, retitling the work Rapsodie. It was first performed on October 26, 1879, at the Concerts Colonne, and was dedicated to its founder, Edouard Colonne. The piece proved so successful that it was repeated by popular request the next month. Lalo’s masterly adaptation of the Norwegian folk tunes in the work is a tribute to the craft he had achieved in writing for orchestra.

In this 1975 Philips recording, which also includes Lalo’s Symphony in G Minor, we hear once again the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo conducted by Antonio de Almeida. The Rapsodie is in two movements.

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Lalo: Rapsodie performed by the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo conducted by Antonio de Almeida. [Philips 432 278-2, Tracks 5 and 6] [11:29]
 
Rapsodie by Edouard Lalo. the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo was conducted by Antonio de Almeida.

There is no separate listing for Lalo’s ballet Namouna in the edition I have of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Wikipedia doesn’t have a page -- or even a paragraph -- devoted to it.  It premiered at the Paris Opera on March 6, 1882, and hasn’t been performed very much since then. But Lalo wrote a tuneful score, and you can enjoy quite a bit of it in the two orchestral suites he fashioned from the music. We have time now to sample the Sérénade/Serenade, Parade de foire/Parade at the Fair, and Fête foraine/Fairground Entertainment from the first suite. Carlos Kalmar conducts the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radiotelevisión Española in this 2012 Warner Acacia Classics compact disc.

MUSIC: Lalo: Namouna Suite No. 1: Sérénade, Parade de foire, and Fête foraine [Warner Classics 2564 65711-4, Tracks 7,9, and 10]  [10:57]

Three excerpts from Édouard Lalo’s Namouna Suite No. 1, performed by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radiotelevisión Española conducted by Carlos Kalmar. They were Sérénade/Serenade, Parade de foire/Parade at the Fair, and Fête foraine/Fairground Entertainment.

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opening of: Lalo: Rapsodie II: Presto, performed by the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monti-Carlo conducted by Antonio de Almeida [Philips 432 278-2, Track 6] [under the following]

That concludes this hour of Compact Discoveries, which I called “More Longing for Lalo.” I hope you enjoyed the music.

If you missed any of this program or would like to hear it again, go to compactdiscoveries.com on the internet, where you’ll find links to stream Compact Discoveries programs on demand without charge. You’ll also find information on every recording used in every program. This is program number 215.

You can also contact me through the website or simply e-mail me at fred@compactdiscoveries.com. I enjoy hearing from listeners all over the world, and you may enjoy reading their comments on the Compact Discoveries website by clicking on “Listener Response.” The website is www.compactdiscoveries.com. I’m Fred Flaxman. Thank you for listening!

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