The Complete CBSO Years

CD (Number of discs: 12)
21 Apr 2017

Barcode: 0190295886738

Other participants: Louis Frémaux, Norma Burrowes, Jill Gomez, David Hughes, Brian Rayner Cook, Barbara Robotham, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Robert Tear, David Bell, Francis Grier, Brenda Lucas, John Ogdon, Cristina Ortiz, Maria de la Pau Tortelier, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

This 12-CD set joins Warner Classics’ Icon series, which pays homage to some of the greatest recording artists of the recent past. The box is devoted to the French conductor Louis Frémaux, who, from 1969 to 1978, preceded Simon Rattle as Principal Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. For the first time, it assembles all the recordings that Frémaux and the CBSO made for EMI. Over the course of the 1970s their discography played a substantial role in building the orchestra’s international reputation before the arrival of Rattle as its Principal Conductor in 1980. Indeed, such was the orchestra’s prowess in the French music favoured by Frémaux that, in 1978, Rattle described the CBSO as “the best French orchestra in the world”. Louis Frémaux, now 95, was born in northern France. He attended the conservatory of Valenciennes, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. Too young to join the army, he became involved in the Resistance, and at the end of the War he joined the French Foreign Legion, serving in Vietnam. In 1947 he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied conducting with Louis Fourestier, going on to win the institution’s first prize for conducting in 1952. He launched his recording career with the Erato label, and a notable success was the Requiem by the Baroque composer Jean Gilles, which won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1956, the year Frémaux began his nine-year tenure as Chief Conductor of the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra. He first conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1968 and became its Principal Conductor the following year. The CBSO’s history had been somewhat chequered, despite attracting such principal conductors as Adrian Boult and Andrzej Panufnik, but Frémaux groomed the orchestra, taking it to a new level. While the team gained special renown for its performances of French repertoire, it also sustained a strong reputation in the works of modern British composers. The vast majority of this Icon set is devoted to French music: Berlioz (notably the Grande Messe des Morts, the first recording project of the CBSO Chorus, which Frémaux established in 1973); Massenet; Bizet (including his rarely-heard symphonic suite Roma); Lalo; Saint-Saëns (including the Symphony No 3, a work closely associated with Frémaux); Fauré (the Requiem); Chabrier; Debussy; Dukas; Ravel; Ibert (whose music occupies almost an entire CD); Honegger; Poulenc (the Gloria, Piano Concerto and Les Biches) and Satie. The British-born composers featured are: Litolff; Walton (who occupies an entire CD, dominated by the two Façade suites), and John McCabe (1939-2015), whose Notturni was premiered by Frémaux and the CBSO in 1970. Appearing for the first time on CD is a selection of arias by Leoncavallo, Puccini, Bizet, Sullivan, Lehár and Johann Strauss II, sung in English by the tenor by the Birmingham-born tenor David Hughes (1929-1972), who, before turning to opera, had enjoyed success as a popular singer; the arias are complemented by overtures by Offenbach. Other soloists appearing on the set include tenor Robert Tear, cellist Paul Tortelier and pianists John Ogdon and Cristina Ortiz. All items in the set have been remastered from the original analogue tapes and digitized in full HD 24BIT/96kHz.


Disc 1 
01 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: I. Requiem et Kyrie (Introitus)  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: II. Dies Irae - Tuba mirum  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: III. Quid sum miser  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: IV. Rex tremendae majestatis  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: V. Quaerens me  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: VI. Lacrymosa  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: VII. Offertorium  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: VIII. Hostias  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: IX. Sanctus  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 2 
01 Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: X. Agnus Dei  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Berlioz: Le Carnaval romain, Op. 9, H. 95: Overture  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Berlioz: Tristia Op. 18, H. 119: III. Marche funèbre pour la dernière scène d'Hamlet, H. 103  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111: I. Marche hongroise  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111: II. Danse des sylphes  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111: III. Menuet des follets  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76b: Grande Ouverture  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Berlioz: Les Troyens, Op. 29, H. 133, Act 4: No. 29 Chasse royale et orage  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Berlioz: Les Troyens, Op. 29, H. 133, Act 1: No. 11 Marche troyenne  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 3 
01 Massenet: Le Cid: I. Castillane  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Massenet: Le Cid: II. Andalouse  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Massenet: Le Cid: III. Aragonaise  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Massenet: Le Cid: IV. Aubade  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Massenet: Le Cid: V. Catalane  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Massenet: Le Cid: VI. Madrilène  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Massenet: Le Cid: VII. Navarraise  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Massenet: Suite No. 4, "Scènes pittoresques": I. Marche  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Massenet: Suite No. 4, "Scènes pittoresques": II. Air de ballet  - Louis Frémaux 
10 Massenet: Suite No. 4, "Scènes pittoresques": III. Angélus  - Louis Frémaux 
11 Massenet: Suite No. 4, "Scènes pittoresques": IV. Fête bohême  - Louis Frémaux 
12 Massenet: La Vierge: Le Dernier Sommeil de la Vierge  - Louis Frémaux 
13 Bizet: Roma, WD 37: I. Une chasse dans la Forêt d'Ostie - Andante tranquillo - Andante  - Louis Frémaux 
14 Bizet: Roma, WD 37: II. Scherzo - Allegretto vivace  - Louis Frémaux 
15 Bizet: Roma, WD 37: III. Une procession - Andante molto  - Louis Frémaux 
16 Bizet: Roma, WD 37: IV. Carnaval à Rome - Allegro vivacissimo  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 4 
01 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: II. Scherzando  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: III. Intermezzo (Allegretto non troppo)  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: IV. Andante  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: V. Rondo (Allegro)  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Lalo: Cello Concerto in D Minor: I. Prélude - Lento - Allegro maestoso  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Lalo: Cello Concerto in D Minor: II. Intermezzo - Andantino con moto  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Lalo: Cello Concerto in D Minor: III. Introduction - Andante - Allegro vivace  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: I. Allegro non troppo  - Louis Frémaux 
10 Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: II. Allegretto con moto  - Louis Frémaux 
11 Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: III. Allegro non troppo  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 5 
01 Bizet: Symphony in C Major, WD 33: I. Allegro vivo  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Bizet: Symphony in C Major, WD 33: II. Adagio  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Bizet: Symphony in C Major, WD 33: III. Scherzo - Allegro  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Bizet: Symphony in C Major, WD 33: IV. Finale - Allegro vivace  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ": I. Adagio - Allegro moderato  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ": II. Poco adagio  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ": III. Allegro moderato - Presto  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ": IV. Maestoso - Allegro  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Litolff: Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 102: II. Scherzo  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 6 
01 Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48: I. Introit et Kyrie  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48: II. Offertoire  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48: III. Sanctus  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48: IV. Pie Jesu  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48: V. Agnus Dei  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48: VI. Libera Me  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48: VII. In Paradisum  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Fauré: Ballade, Op. 19  - Louis Frémaux 
10 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: I. Introduction et Marche royale du lion  - Louis Frémaux 
11 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: II. Poules et coqs  - Louis Frémaux 
12 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: III. Hémiones (ou Animaux véloces)  - Louis Frémaux 
13 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: IV. Tortues  - Louis Frémaux 
14 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: V. L'Éléphant  - Louis Frémaux 
15 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: VI. Kangourous  - Louis Frémaux 
16 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: VII. Aquarium  - Louis Frémaux 
17 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: VIII. Personnages à longues oreilles  - Louis Frémaux 
18 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: IX. Le Coucou au fond des bois  - Louis Frémaux 
19 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: X. Volière  - Louis Frémaux 
20 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: XI. Pianistes  - Louis Frémaux 
21 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: XII. Fossiles  - Louis Frémaux 
22 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: XIII. Le Cygne  - Louis Frémaux 
23 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: XIV. Final  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 7 
01 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125: XIII. Le Cygne  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Saint-Saëns: 6 Études, Op. 52: No. 6 Caprice, d'après l'Étude en forme de valse (Arr. E. Ysaÿe for Violin and Orchestra)  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Saint-Saëns: Le Déluge, Op. 45: Prélude  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Saint-Saëns: Wedding Cake in A-Flat Major, Op. 76  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Saint-Saëns: Allegro appassionato in B Minor, Op. 43  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Chabrier: España  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Dukas: L'Apprenti sorcier  - Louis Frémaux 
10 Ravel: Boléro, M. 81  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 8 
01 Ibert: Divertissement: I. Introduction - Allegro vivo  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Ibert: Divertissement: II. Cortège - Moderato molto - Animato subito  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Ibert: Divertissement: III. Nocturne - Lento  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Ibert: Divertissement: IV. Valse - Animato assai  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Ibert: Divertissement: V. Parade - Tempo di marcia  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Ibert: Divertissement: VI. Finale - Quasi cadenza - Vivo (Tempo di galop)  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Ibert: Symphonie marine  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Ibert: Bacchanale  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Ibert: Louisville-concert  - Louis Frémaux 
10 Ibert: Bostoniana  - Louis Frémaux 
11 Honegger: Pacific 231, H. 53  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 9 
01 Poulenc: Gloria, FP 177: I. Gloria in excelsis deo  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Poulenc: Gloria, FP 177: II. Laudamus te  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Poulenc: Gloria, FP 177: III. Domine Deus  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Poulenc: Gloria, FP 177: IV. Domine fili unigenite  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Poulenc: Gloria, FP 177: V. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Poulenc: Gloria, FP 177: VI. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Poulenc: Piano Concerto, FP 146: I. Allegro assai  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Poulenc: Piano Concerto, FP 146: II. Andante con moto  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Poulenc: Piano Concerto, FP 146: III. Rondeau à la française - Presto giocoso  - Louis Frémaux 
10 Poulenc: Les Biches, FP 36b: I. Rondeau - Très lent - Subito allegro molto  - Louis Frémaux 
11 Poulenc: Les Biches, FP 36b: II. Adagietto  - Louis Frémaux 
12 Poulenc: Les Biches, FP 36b: III. Rag-Mazurka - Presto  - Louis Frémaux 
13 Poulenc: Les Biches, FP 36b: IV. Andantino  - Louis Frémaux 
14 Poulenc: Les Biches, FP 36b: V. Final - Presto  - Louis Frémaux 
15 Satie: 3 Gymnopédies (Orch. Debussy): No. 1 Lent et grave  - Louis Frémaux 
16 Satie: 3 Gymnopédies (Orch. Debussy): No. 3 Lent et douloureux  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 10 
01 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 2: No. 1 Fanfare  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 2: No. 2 Scotch Rhapsody  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 1: No. 2 Valse  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 1: No. 4 Tango-Pasodoble  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 1: No. 3 Swiss Jodelling Song  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 2: No. 3 Country Dance  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 1: No. 1 Polka  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 2: No. 4 Noche espagnole  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 2: No. 5 Popular Song  - Louis Frémaux 
10 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 2: No. 6 Old Sir Faulk  - Louis Frémaux 
11 Walton: Façade, Suite No. 1: No. 5 Tarantella - Sevillana  - Louis Frémaux 
12 Walton: Gloria  - Louis Frémaux 
13 Walton: Orb and Sceptre  - Louis Frémaux 
14 Walton: Coronation Te Deum  - Louis Frémaux 
15 Walton: Crown Imperial  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 11 
01 Bach, JS: The Wise Virgins: I. What God Hath Done Is Rightly Done - Vivace assai (from Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99)  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Bach, JS: The Wise Virgins: II. Lord, Hear My Longing  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Bach, JS: The Wise Virgins: III. See What Love Can Do  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Bach, JS: The Wise Virgins: IV. Ah! How Ephemeral  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Bach, JS: The Wise Virgins: V. Sheep May Safely Graze  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Bach, JS: The Wise Virgins: VI. Praise Be To God  - Louis Frémaux 
07 McCabe: Notturni ed alba: I. Hymnus Ante Somnum - Andante  - Louis Frémaux 
08 McCabe: Notturni ed alba: II. Phantoms - Vivo  - Louis Frémaux 
09 McCabe: Notturni ed alba: III. Te Vigilans Oculis - Lento  - Louis Frémaux 
10 McCabe: Notturni ed alba: IV. Somnia - Agitato  - Louis Frémaux 
11 McCabe: Notturni ed alba: V. Alba - Lento  - Louis Frémaux 
12 McCabe: Symphony No. 2: I. Vivo  - Louis Frémaux 
13 McCabe: Symphony No. 2: II. Andante  - Louis Frémaux 
14 McCabe: Symphony No. 2: III. Allegrissimo  - Louis Frémaux 
15 McCabe: Symphony No. 2: IV. Lento  - Louis Frémaux 
16 McCabe: Symphony No. 2: V. Vivo  - Louis Frémaux 
Disc 12 
01 Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, Act 1: "To act!... On with the motley" (Recitar!... Vesti la giubba) [Canio]  - Louis Frémaux 
02 Puccini: La Bohème, Act 1: "Your tiny hand is frozen" (Che gelida manina) [Rodolfo]  - Louis Frémaux 
03 Bizet: Carmen, WD 31, Act 2: "See how the flower" (La fleur que tu m'avais jetée) [Don José]  - Louis Frémaux 
04 Bizet: La Jolie Fille de Perth, WD 15, Act 2: "Hear the voice" (À la voix d'un amant fidèle) [Smith]  - Louis Frémaux 
05 Puccini: Tosca, Act 3: "When the stars were brightly shining" (E lucevan le stelle) [Mario Cavaradossi]  - Louis Frémaux 
06 Puccini: Turandot, Act 3: "None shall sleep tonight" (Nessun dorma) [Calaf]  - Louis Frémaux 
07 Sullivan: The Gondoliers, Act 2: "Take a pair of sparkling eyes" (Marco)  - Louis Frémaux 
08 Lehár: Paganini, Act 2: "Girls were made to love and kiss" (Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküsst) [Paganini]  - Louis Frémaux 
09 Lehár: Frasquita, Act 2: "When the moon is shining white" (Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett) [Frasquita]  - Louis Frémaux 
10 Lehár: Frederica, Act 2: "O maiden, my maiden" (O Mädchen, mein Mädchen) [Friederike]  - Louis Frémaux 
11 Strauss, J.: Eine Nacht in Venedig, Act 1: "Love, I am here" (Komm' in die Gondel) [Duke]  - Louis Frémaux 
12 Lehár: The Land of Smiles, Act 2: "You are my heart's delight" (Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!) [Sou-Chong]  - Louis Frémaux 
13 Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers: Overture  - Louis Frémaux 
14 Offenbach: La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein: Overture  - Louis Frémaux 
15 Offenbach: La Belle Hélène: Overture  - Louis Frémaux 
16 Offenbach: Barbe-Bleue: Overture  - Louis Frémaux 
17 Offenbach: La Vie parisienne: Overture  - Louis Frémaux 

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