Jules Massenet

Suite No.7 for orchestra ("Scènes alsaciennes")

    Description by Robert Barefield

    The seventh of Massenet's various suites for orchestra draws its inspiration from Alsace, a portion of France that was lost to Germany after the Franco-Prussian War (1870 -1871). The work contains four movements: 1. Dimanche matin (Sunday morning), 2. Au cabaret (At the cabaret), 3. Sous les tilleuls (Under the lime-trees), 4. Dimanche soir (Sunday evening). It was first performed in Paris on March 19, 1882. For the premiere performance, the novelist Alphonse Daudet provided a poetic writing to accompany the music, a poignant description of life in Alsace. In the final movement, Massenet incorporates the French Retrait (retreat), with its military sound of trumpets and drums, making reference to the sad loss that the French had experienced in the region.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Dimanche matin
    2. Au cabaret
    3. Sous les tilleus
    4. Dimanche soir

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2014 Decca / Eloquence
    2009 Membran 231755
    2008 Erato 4694223
    2007 Apex
    2007 Talent Records 106
    2007 Testament 1404
    2006 Decca 455853
    2005 Apex 4620852
    2003 Testament 1308
    2003 Tim 220828
    1999 Music & Arts 4898
    1995 Naxos 8 553125
    1991 London 430 636-2DM2
    Palladio 4143
    Erato 45859
    Tim 220830