Emmanuel Chabrier

Larghetto, for horn & orchestra

    Description by Michael Morrison

    Though hampered by the lack of formal musical training, attorney-by-day Emmanuel Chabrier emerged as a brilliant, self-taught composer whose instinctively colorful sensibility helped shape French Impressionism. Discovered among the composer's effects after his death, the Larghetto is cast as the French horn equivalent of an operatic aria. Chabrier employs the instrument in particularly lyrical fashion; listeners may easily imagine this work as a doleful lament sung by an alto or a tenor. The work is so achingly expressive, in fact, one wonders whether Chabrier had some particular theme or event in mind. Rich, detailed orchestration supports the horn's melodic line; near the end, the horn engages in dialogue with members of the ensemble, first with a cello, then a clarinet. These exchanges suggest the passage of sad words between loved ones; perhaps as he penned this work, one of his last, Chabrier was bidding adieu to his own life.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2014 Navona Records NV 5983
    2011 Newton Classics 8802035
    2011 Pilfink Records JJVCD 86
    2011 Decca
    2010 Decca
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 50999906820
    2009 Brilliant Classics 93773
    2009 Ars Produktion 38027
    2008 Avi 855301
    2005 Zuk Records 070379
    2000 Philips 4681492
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon 447 751-2GH
    1996 Arabesque 6678
    1994 Crystal Records Dist. 377
    Philips 416380