Podcast: Relishing the realism. Orchestral music by Alfred Bruneau.

Raymond Bisha introduces a programme of orchestral music by Alfred Bruneau (1857-1934), a composition student of Jules Massenet and one of the most important yet overlooked figures in turn-of-the-century French musical life. Bruneau’s desire for theatrical realism in his operas mirrored the literary aspirations of his friend Émile Zola. Conductor Darrell Ang and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra perform music drawn from two of Bruneau’s operas, Messidor and Naïs Micoulin, and his ‘drame lyrique’ L’Attaque du moulin (The Attack on the Mill).

View album details of BRUNEAU, A.: Attaque du Moulin Suite (L’) / Naïs Micoulin: Prelude / Messidor (excerpts) at Naxos.com
Catalogue No.: 8.573888

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