One of the cornerstones of French musical life in the 1950s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Conducted by André Cluytens – Henriette Faure, piano – Besançon Festival – Sept. 1951 – ORTF broadcast – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Something familiar tonight, but rare nonetheless. A performance recorded during the 1951 Besançon Festival featuring l’Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, conducted by the legendary André Cluytens and featuring another noted, but almost forgotten figure, pianist Henriette Faure in a performance of the Ravel Piano Concert for the Left Hand.
What is significant about this performance is Faure was an early champion of the music of Maurice Ravel, and one of the first to perform his works in public. Most of her active recording was done in the 1930s to 1950s, but even then her output wasn’t huge. Her recordings of Ravel’s music are considered virtually definitive because of her close association with the composer. And apparently, those original lp’s are going for ridiculous sums of money in collectors circles.
This performance comes from the same concert as the Schmitt I posted a few weeks ago. So we’re inching closer to a complete concert at some point.
In any event, I don’t believe this performance has been issued in any form, and what became of the masters of this concert is anyone’s guess.
Enjoy and excuse the odd tick, pop and garble. At 62, this recording is doing better than a lot of people.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/ninon-vallin-radio-recital-1952.mp3]
Something rather short and rare tonight. From a broadcast recital from Paris Radio (ORTF) given by the legendary French Soprano Ninon Vallin in 1952 are two songs (sorry): Debussy: Les Cloches and Faurè: Soir. According to the notes, this recital was given on the occasion of Vallin returning from an extended stay in South America and the original recital was given over to Spanish songs in the first half and French songs in the second half.
Hopefully the rest will surface at some point, but this is all I have right now. I am not sure if this has been reissued – it would be a shame if it hasn’t. But it wouldn’t be the first time . . .
Vallin had a huge career, dating back to 1911. She had a close relationship with Claude Debussy and was chosen by Debussy to sing the premiers of many of his works. She turned to Opera in 1912 and continued in various roles into the late 1940s.
Referred to by several critics as “the epitome of good singing but also of good taste”, Ninon Vallin continued recording into the 1950s. Between 1953 and 1959 was guest Professor of singing at the Conservatory in Montevideo, before return to France for good before her death in 1961.
A short glimpse this weekend, but a rare one. Enjoy.
Jane Evrard – dedicatee.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/roussel-sinfonietta-jane-evrard.mp3]
Not the world premier recording (that happened in 1934 and that performance may not exist), but instead the performance by the dedicatee, who conducted the same orchestra as the premier. Only this one is from around 1956.
Jane Evrard and the Women’s String Orchestra of Paris had two firsts: Jane Evrard was the first Woman to conduct an orchestra in France, and the Women’s String Orchestra of Paris was the first exclusively Women’s performing body in Europe. And both were highly celebrated and regarded in musical circles.
And so highly regarded was this group, that composer Albert Roussel wrote and dedicated his Sinfonietta in 1934 to Evrard and her Orchestra.
So this broadcast performance, recorded by the ORTF (Radio France in a previous incarnation) around 1956 serves as perhaps the next best thing. Because of her close relationship with the composer, Jane Evrard brings with her an authority of phrasing and execution which would only come with someone closely linked to a works’ inception.
This may or may not be the same performance as was issued several years ago on CD via the Malabran label in France. My source are the original transcription discs and I haven’t heard the CD reissue so I haven’t been able to make comparisons.
In either case, the performance is stunning.