Again this week from the French Radio Transcription collection. This one is a radio studio performance of a ballet written in 1935 by Marcel Delannoy. Cendrillon (Cinderella) and performed in this recording by the French National Orchestra conducted by Jean Giardino. Giardino is not a terribly familiar name outside of France unless you collect French 78 rpm discs and early lp's from the 1940's and early 1950's. He recorded almost exclusively for Pathe`. Delannoy is primarily known these days as a soundtrack composer as well as music critic, but his early works received good reviews and considerable attention from his contemporaries, including Ravel.
Here's a recording that probably hasn't been heard since it was first made of a piece that is seldom performed.
If you don't mind . . . .it's very much appreciated.
Newstalgia Weekend Gramophone with The French National Orchestra, conducted by Jean Martinon in the music of Florent Schmitt. Recorded in 1957. Don't forget to donate what you can to keep Newstalgia alive! Read more...
Jean Doyen - impeccable interpreter of French composers and even a few naturalized ones.
Another set of recordings from the French Radio Transcription Service. This one from a public performance recorded in 1950 featuring the great Jean Doyen, Read more...