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SAUGUET, H.: Chatte (La) / MILHAUD, D.: Le train bleu / TOMMASINI, V.: Le donne di buon umore Suite (Les Ballets Russes, Vol. 9) (Reimer)

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release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic Orchestra

Reimer, Robert

Robert Reimer



SWR Studio Kaiserslautern, Germany

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 72:51
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SAUGUET, H.: Chatte (La) / MILHAUD, D.: Le train bleu / TOMMASINI, V.: Le donne di buon umore Suite (Les Ballets Russes, Vol. 9) (Reimer)

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Le train bleu

1 Introduction 0:56
2 I. Choeur des poules et des gigolos 1:18
3 II. Entree de Beau Gosse 1:54
4 III. Entree de Perlouse 1:17
5 IV. Rentree de Beau Gosse 1:39
6 V. Choeur des poules et des gigolos - Farce des cabines et Scene de l'avion 5:56
7 VI. Entree de la championne de tennis - Couplet avec Beau Gosse 5:38
8 VII. Entree du joueur de golf et valse avec Perlouse 4:44
9 VIII. Introduction et duo de Beau Gosse et de Perlouse 6:41
10 IX. Choeur des poules et des gigolos - Fugue de l'engueulade 4:36
11 X. Final du chapeau 0:58



Le donne di buon umore Suite

12 I. Presto 2:00
13 II. Allegro 3:38
14 III. Andante 4:10
15 IV. Non presto in tempo di ballo 2:38
16 V. Presto 3:48



La chatte

17 Overture 2:33
18 I. Jeux des garcons: Allegro 3:48
19 II. Invocation a Aphrodite: Andante ma non troppo 2:22
20 III. La Metamorphose 0:34
21 IV. Danse de la chatte 1:50
22 V. Adagio 3:22
23 VI. Retour des garcons: Allegretto 1:19
24 VII. Scherzo: Vivace 3:10
25 VIII. Hymne Final 2:02
 Robert Reimer Conductor
 Reimer, Robert

Another installment in the unique series of compositions for the famous Ballets russes commissioned by the impresario Serge Diaghilev. The three ballets on this album make it clear how much the Ballets russes had become in a very short time a mirror of their time and finally protagonists of the Western European avant-garde.
Milhaud’s "Le train bleu" was a trendy composition in every respect. The title, referring to the modern luxury express train from Paris to Deauville, was news of the day, with the fine "haute société" travelling on the Côte d’Azur. There, on the beach, the ballet plays out; as the fine company takes time for summer sports such as tennis, swimming and golf.
In 1917 Vincenzo Tommasini had delivered his delicate orchestrations of sonatas by Scarlatti to Diaghilev, who was delighted as adapted (very successfully) to a "commedia dell’arte," a Venetian dialect comedy by Carlo Goldoni. "Les femmes de bonne humeur" led the revival of 18th century charm and was a great success.
Henri Sauguet’s La Chatte is one of the most important productions of the late Diaghilev era. The libretto was based on a slightly different adaptation of a fable by Aesop, while the music hardly conceals its neo-romantic sentiments.

 "A very beautiful record of some very beautiful 1920’s-type ballet music ..."   *****

Robert Matthew-Walker - Musical Opinion - November/Daecember 2013

"... These performances are exemplary in their idiomatic character, giving us exactly what one would hear at a dance program rather than in a concert hall. Sonics and production values are comparably professional. Let us hope this series continues as there are plenty of relatively obscure scores from this source and period awaiting their first recording. Most important for the premiere recording of the complete Milhaud."

Paul A Snook - Fanfare - July/August 2013

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