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The Apprentice

Donald Macleod focuses on a trip Chabrier took to Spain, where the dances and rhythms fascinated him and inspired the writing of his biggest-ever musical hit, Espana.

The Chabriers take a trip to Spain where the dances and rhythms fascinate Emmanuel, inspiring him to write his biggest ever hit, Espana.

Chabrier must surely be one of the most likeable fellows to have graced this earth. It seems no-one had a bad word to say about him. His wide circle of friends included all the leading musicians, writers, poets and painters of the day. Chabrier owned a remarkable collection of impressionist paintings including several by Manet, who produced the best known portrait of the composer.

Emmanuel Chabrier's life slots into a fascinating point in French musical history. When he was born in 1841, Berlioz was already thirty-eight and famous, Saint-Saëns was six, while the rising stars of the future, Massenet and Fauré, were not yet born. Despite Wagner's dominance, and indeed Chabrier's own reverence for the German composer, Chabrier's music retains a staunchly Gallic individuality, with critics subsequently paying tribute to him as a "direct forerunner of the modern school." The reason for this may well relate, at least in part, to his studies. Chabrier was largely self-taught, and although he was better educated than most musical amateurs, he never followed the accepted route into the Paris Conservatoire or a similar institute. He trained first in law, only taking up full time composition in his thirties.

The Chabriers' holiday in Spain is vividly documented in Emmanuel Chabrier's delighted correspondence with all his friends back home in Paris. Today Donald Macleod dips into those letters for an insight into the sights and experiences that inspired Chabrier to produce a uniquely Gallic take on Spanish rhythms, much loved everywhere except Spain!

España
Ulster Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Rondes Champêtre
Allan Schiller, piano

Finale to Fisch-Ton-Kan (orchestration by Roger Delage)
Mireille Delunsch, soprano, Goulgouly
Christian Mehn, tenor, Fisch-Ton-Kan
Ensemble Vocal
Collegium Musicum de Strasbourg
Roger Delage, director

Trois valses romantiques (arr. Cortot)
Kathryn Stott, piano
Elizabeth Burley, piano

La Sulamite
Susan Mentzer, mezzo soprano
Toulouse-Midi-Pyrénées Womens' Chorus
Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Michel Plasson, conductor.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Espana - rhapsody

    Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier. Performer: Ulster Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-8852.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Espana - Rhapsody

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-8852.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 8.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Espana - Rhapsody

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-8852.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 8.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    5 Pieces posthumes for piano

    Performer: Allan Schiller.
    • ASV.
    • QS 6166.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    5 Pieces Posthumes - no.5; Ronde champetre

    Performer: Allan Schiller.
    • ASV QS 6166.
    • ASV.
    • 6.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    5 Pieces Posthumes - no.5; Ronde champetre

    Performer: Allan Schiller.
    • ASV QS 6166.
    • ASV.
    • 6.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Fisch-Ton-Kan - operetta

    Conductor: Roger Delage. Performer: Christian Mehn. Performer: Collegium Musicum Strasbourg. Performer: Mireille Delunsch.
    • ARION.
    • ARN-68252.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Fisch-Ton-Kan - Air et duo (Fisch-Ton-Kan, Goulgouly) (Qui je suis?)

    Performer: Collegium Musicum Strasbourg. Singer: Mireille Delunsch. Singer: Christian Mehn. Conductor: Roger Delage.
    • ARION : ARN-68252.
    • ARION.
    • 20.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Fisch-Ton-Kan - Air et duo (Fisch-Ton-Kan, Goulgouly) (Qui je suis?)

    Performer: Collegium Musicum Strasbourg. Singer: Mireille Delunsch. Singer: Christian Mehn. Conductor: Roger Delage.
    • ARION : ARN-68252.
    • ARION.
    • 20.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    3 Valses romantiques, arr. Cortot for 2 pianos [orig. for 2 pianos]

    Performer: Elizabeth Burley. Performer: Kathryn Stott.
    • UNICORN-KANCHANA.
    • DKP-9158.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    3 Valses Romantiques

    Performer: Kathryn Stott. Performer: Elizabeth Burley.
    • UNICORN-KANCHANA : DKP-9158.
    • UNICORN-KANCHANA.
    • 17.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    3 Valses Romantiques

    Performer: Kathryn Stott. Performer: Elizabeth Burley.
    • UNICORN-KANCHANA : DKP-9158.
    • UNICORN-KANCHANA.
    • 17.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    La Sulamite for mezzo-soprano, female chorus & orchestra

    Conductor: Michel Plasson. Performer: Susanne Mentzer. Performer: Midi-Pyrenees Regional Chorus. Performer: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra.
    • EMI.
    • CDC 754-004-2.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    La Sulamite

    Singer: Susanne Mentzer. Choir: Midi-Pyrenees Regional Chorus. Orchestra: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra. Conductor: Michel Plasson.
    • EMI : CDC 754-004-2.
    • EMI.
    • 9.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    La Sulamite

    Singer: Susanne Mentzer. Choir: Midi-Pyrenees Regional Chorus. Orchestra: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra. Conductor: Michel Plasson.
    • EMI : CDC 754-004-2.
    • EMI.
    • 9.

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