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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

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Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020181653
Catnr: LWC 1143
Release date: 12 January 2018
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Lawo Classics
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7090020181653
Catalogue number
LWC 1143
Release date
12 January 2018
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LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME
First performed on 14 October 1670 at the Château de Chambord, in the Loire Valley, Le bourgeois gentilhomme (‘The Would-Be Noble’ or ‘The Middle-Class Aristocrat’) was one of nine comédies-ballets on which Molière and Lully collaborated between 1664 and 1670. A stage-piece that combined spoken or sung comedy with dance, the comédie-ballet was a development of the ballet de cour (Court Ballet) and, as a precursor to the tragédie-lyrique (of which Rameau became the greatest exponent), played an important role in establishing the form of French opera.

The plot of Le bourgeois gentilhomme concerns Monsieur Jourdain, a middle-class (bourgeois) son of a cloth merchant who aspires to rise to the ranks of the aristocracy. To learn the ways of the nobility, he hires instructors in music, dance, fencing and philosophy, and he commissions suitable attire from a master tailor. Jourdain is exposed as a fool by each of these attendants.

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DER BÜRGER ALS EDELMANN
Even before the curtain first went up on their second collaboration, the comic opera Der Rosenkavalier in October 1911, Richard Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal were discussing the subject of their next project. (They had launched their partnership with the chilling, modernistic Elektra of 1906–08) After much volleying of suggestions, counter-suggestions and disagreements – a pattern that characterised their correspondence over the 23 years of their partnership – Hofmannsthal suggested he make a two-act adaptation of Molière’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme (Der Bürger als Edelmann in German). The play would be performed with new incidental music by Strauss, and the concluding ballet entertainment, the Ballet des Nations, of Molière’s original would take the form of a new opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, to be created by Hofmannsthal and Strauss.
LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME
Am 14. Oktober 1670 im Château de Chambord, im Loiretal, uraufgeführt, war Le bourgeois gentilhomme ("The Would-Be Noble" oder "The Middle-Class Aristocrat") eines von neun Comédie-Balletten, an denen Molière und Lully zwischen 1664 und 1670 mitwirkten. Das Comédie-Ballett, ein Bühnenstück, das gesprochene oder gesungene Komödie mit Tanz kombinierte, war eine Weiterentwicklung des Ballet de Cour (Hofballett) und spielte als Vorläufer des tragédie-lyrique (dessen größter Vertreter Rameau wurde) eine wichtige Rolle bei der Etablierung der französischen Oper.
Die Handlung von Le bourgeois Gentilhomme betrifft Monsieur Jourdain, den bürgerlichen Sohn eines Tuchhändlers, der danach strebt, in die Reihen der Aristokratie aufzusteigen. Um die Gewohnheiten des Adels zu erlernen, stellt er Dozenten für Musik, Tanz, Fechten und Philosophie ein und beauftragt einen Schneidermeister mit der passenden Kleidung. Jourdain wird von jedem dieser Begleiter als Narr entlarvt.
DER BÜRGER ALS EDELMANN
Noch bevor der Vorhang für ihre zweite Zusammenarbeit, die Opéra comique ‚Der Rosenkavalier‘ im Oktober 1911 aufging, diskutierten Richard Strauss und sein Librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal über das Thema ihres nächsten Projekts. Nach vielen Vorschlägen, Gegenvorschlägen und Meinungsverschiedenheiten - ein Muster, das ihre Korrespondenz in den 23 Jahren ihrer Partnerschaft prägte - schlug Hofmannsthal vor, dass er eine zweiaktige Adaption von Molières Le bourgeois gentilhomme (Der Bürger als Edelmann) machen würde. Das Stück wird mit neuer Bühnenmusik von Strauss aufgeführt, und die abschließende Ballettunterhaltung, das Ballet des Nations, des Originals von Molière, wird in Form einer neuen Oper, Ariadne auf Naxos, die von Hofmannsthal und Strauss geschaffen wird, aufgeführt.

Artist(s)

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Since its formation in 1977 the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has established itself as one of the foremost chamber orchestras on the international classical music scene today. Renowned for its innovative programming and creativity, the NCO is a project orchestra comprised of Norway’s finest instrumentalists. Through integrating experienced musicians with talented young instrumentalists, the orchestra continuously develops its unique style and innovative culture, thereby greatly contributing to the position Norwegian musicians and ensembles hold internationally.   The artistic directors and guest leaders throughout its history have been Iona Brown, Leif Ove Andsnes, Isabelle van Keulen, Martin Fröst, François Leleux and Steven Isserlis together with our current artistic director Terje Tønnesen who has held this role since the orchestra’s formation.   The orchestra’s international tours to...
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Since its formation in 1977 the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has established itself as one of the foremost chamber orchestras on the international classical music scene today. Renowned for its innovative programming and creativity, the NCO is a project orchestra comprised of Norway’s finest instrumentalists. Through integrating experienced musicians with talented young instrumentalists, the orchestra continuously develops its unique style and innovative culture, thereby greatly contributing to the position Norwegian musicians and ensembles hold internationally.
The artistic directors and guest leaders throughout its history have been Iona Brown, Leif Ove Andsnes, Isabelle van Keulen, Martin Fröst, François Leleux and Steven Isserlis together with our current artistic director Terje Tønnesen who has held this role since the orchestra’s formation.
The orchestra’s international tours to Europe, Asia and North America have received outstanding reviews at many of the world’s prestigious concert halls and festivals. With nearly 40 recordings to date, the NCO has recorded comprehensive chamber orchestra repertoire with distinguished soloists, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Terje Tønnesen, Iona Brown, Truls Mørk, Lars Anders Tomter and Tine Thing Helseth. Highlights include Spellemannpris-winning recordings of Grieg/Nielsen works and Haydn piano concertos with Leif Ove Andsnes.
The orchestra draws on an enviable roster of Norwegian and international soloists and has always been dedicated to presenting contemporary music as part of its concert repertoire.
The NCO currently presents its own concert series at the University aula in Oslo and performs in major concert venues in Norway.

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Terje Tønnesen (violin)

Terje Tønnesen is one of Norway’s most revered musicians, with a career spanning over forty years of music-making as violinist and artistic director. Praised by public and press alike for his virtuosity and artistic individualism, Terje Tønnesen has established a firm place in the Nordic classical music scene through his position as artistic director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also artistic director of the Camerata Nordica in Sweden for nearly two decades.   After his critically acclaimed debut in 1972 which Norway’s major newspaper called ‘a dazzling debut without any parallel’, he furthered his studies with Max Rostal in Switzerland. In 1977, he was appointed artistic director to the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, a...
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Terje Tønnesen is one of Norway’s most revered musicians, with a career spanning over forty years of music-making as violinist and artistic director. Praised by public and press alike for his virtuosity and artistic individualism, Terje Tønnesen has established a firm place in the Nordic classical music scene through his position as artistic director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also artistic director of the Camerata Nordica in Sweden for nearly two decades.
After his critically acclaimed debut in 1972 which Norway’s major newspaper called ‘a dazzling debut without any parallel’, he furthered his studies with Max Rostal in Switzerland. In 1977, he was appointed artistic director to the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, a position he shared with Iona Brown 1981–2002. Tønnesen has also maintained a distinguished career as a soloist by making regular appearances with major orchestras in Scandinavian countries as well as making extensive tours to various parts of Europe, USA, China and Russia.
His recordings as the orchestra’s leader have received considerable critical acclaim and have received awards including the ‘Spellemannpris’. Tønnesen has also done a number of recordings as soloist and chamber musician, and recorded several works commissioned for him.
In recent years Tønnesen has composed music for several theatre productions and devoted his time to arranging various chamber and orchestral works. A passionate advocate for finding new ways of presenting classical music, Tønnesen has collaborated with colleagues from across various art forms, including American stage director Bud Beyer and choreographer Ingun Bjørnsgaard.
Terje Tønnesen has won several international awards and recognition such as the Grieg Prize and Lindeman Prize. In September 2015, Terje Tønnesen was appointed Knight First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. He performs on a 1756 Guadagnini lent to him by Dextra Musica, Sparebankstiftelsen.

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Composer(s)

Richard Strauss

Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome; his Lieder, especially his  Four Last Songs; his tone poems, including Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, and An Alpine Symphony; and other instrumental works such as Metamorphosen and his Oboe Concerto. Strauss was also a prominent conductor in Western Europe and the Americas, enjoying quasi-celebrity status as his compositions became standards of orchestral and operatic repertoire. Strauss, along with Gustav Mahler, represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.
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Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; his tone poems, including Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, and An Alpine Symphony; and other instrumental works such as Metamorphosen and his Oboe Concerto. Strauss was also a prominent conductor in Western Europe and the Americas, enjoying quasi-celebrity status as his compositions became standards of orchestral and operatic repertoire.
Strauss, along with Gustav Mahler, represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.

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Jean-Baptiste Lully

Jean-Baptiste Lully, originally named Giovanni Battista Lulli, was an Italian-born composer from the Baroque period who is seen as the founder/designer of French opera. For the majority of his life, he worked for the court of the French king Louis XIV, from where he dominated the French music practice for decades. His work had a great influence on the development of West-European music. 
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Jean-Baptiste Lully, originally named Giovanni Battista Lulli, was an Italian-born composer from the Baroque period who is seen as the founder/designer of French opera. For the majority of his life, he worked for the court of the French king Louis XIV, from where he dominated the French music practice for decades. His work had a great influence on the development of West-European music.
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01.
Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Ouverture
03:57
(Richard Strauss) Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Terje Tønnesen
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Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Menuett
01:32
(Richard Strauss) Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Terje Tønnesen
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Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Der Fechtmeister
01:47
(Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Auftritt und Tanz der Schneider
04:50
(Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Das Menuett des Lully
02:01
(Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Courante
02:24
(Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Auftritt des Cléonte
04:18
(Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Vorspiel zum Acte II
03:09
(Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Der Bürger als Edelmann ? suite, Op. 60: Das Diner
10:50
(Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) ? excerpts: Ouverture
02:46
(Jean-Baptiste Lully) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) ? excerpts: Ritournelles [Ritournelles 1, 2, 3, 1]
03:12
(Jean-Baptiste Lully) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) ? excerpts: Premier intermède: Air ? Sarabande ? Bourrée ? Gaillarde ? Canarie
03:13
(Jean-Baptiste Lully) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) ? excerpts: Premier air des garçons tailleurs ? Deuxième air ? Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs
03:22
(Jean-Baptiste Lully, Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) ? excerpts: Troisième air
01:20
(Jean-Baptiste Lully, Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) ? excerpts: Le donneur de livre ? Ritournelle des Espagnols ? Deuxième air des Espagnols
03:21
(Jean-Baptiste Lully) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) ? excerpts: Ritournelle italienne
01:42
(Jean-Baptiste Lully) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) ? excerpts: L?entrée des Scaramouches, Trivelins et Arlequins ? Chaconne des Scaramouches, Trivelins et Arlequins
03:36
(Jean-Baptiste Lully, Richard Strauss) Terje Tønnesen, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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