Jules Massenet
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1842-05-12
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Jules Massenet

Jules Massenet Biography (Wikipedia)

Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet (12 May 1842 – 13 August 1912) was a French composer of the Romantic era best known for his operas, of which he wrote more than thirty. The two most frequently staged are Manon (1884) and Werther (1892). He also composed oratorios, ballets, orchestral works, incidental music, piano pieces, songs and other music.

While still a schoolboy, Massenet was admitted to France's principal music college, the Paris Conservatoire. There he studied under Ambroise Thomas, whom he greatly admired. After winning the country's top musical prize, the Prix de Rome, in 1863, he composed prolifically in many genres, but quickly became best known for his operas. Between 1867 and his death forty-five years later he wrote more than forty stage works in a wide variety of styles, from opéra-comique to grand-scale depictions of classical myths, romantic comedies, lyric dramas, as well as oratorios, cantatas and ballets. Massenet had a good sense of the theatre and of what would succeed with the Parisian public. Despite some miscalculations, he produced a series of successes that made him the leading composer of opera in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Jules Massenet
"Ah! tout est bien fini...Ô Souverain, ô juge, ô père" from the opera 'Le Cid'
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"Ah! tout est bien fini...Ô Souverain, ô juge, ô père" from the opera 'Le Cid'
Jules Massenet
Meditation - from the opera 'Thais' arr for violin and orchestra
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Meditation - from the opera 'Thais' arr for violin and orchestra
Jules Massenet
Amours benis
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Amours benis
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Thais - comedie lyrique in 3 acts, Act 2: Meditation
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Thais - comedie lyrique in 3 acts, Act 2: Meditation
Jules Massenet
Don Quichotte: Tristesse de dulcinee
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Don Quichotte: Tristesse de dulcinee
Jules Massenet
Papillons Noir - Papillons Blancs - Valse Folle
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Papillons Noir - Papillons Blancs - Valse Folle
Jules Massenet
Quelle prière de reconnaissance' from Werther, Act I
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Quelle prière de reconnaissance' from Werther, Act I
Jules Massenet
The Last Sleep of The Virgin
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The Last Sleep of The Virgin
Jules Massenet
Suite de Cendrillon, Nos.V-VII
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Suite de Cendrillon, Nos.V-VII
Jules Massenet
Thais: Meditation
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Thais: Meditation
Jules Massenet
'Madrilene' from Le Cid - ballet suite
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'Madrilene' from Le Cid - ballet suite
Jules Massenet
Meditation, from Thais
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Meditation, from Thais
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Meditation
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Meditation
Jules Massenet
Werther - Act 2
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Werther - Act 2

Werther - Act 2

Singer
Piotr Beczała
Angela Gheorghiu
Daniel Schmutzhard
Elena Tsallagova
Giorgio Surian
Martin Zysset
Ruben Drole
Choir
Salzburg Festival Chorus
Salzburg Theatre Chrildren's Chorus
Conductor
Alejo Perez
Jules Massenet
"Pourquoi me reveiller" from Werther
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"Pourquoi me reveiller" from Werther
Jules Massenet
"Feelings of deepest thankfulness" from Werther
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"Feelings of deepest thankfulness" from Werther
Jules Massenet
Meditation from Thais
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Meditation from Thais
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