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Jules Emile Frederic Massenet

Jules Emile Frederic Massenet (1842-1912)

Composer

Massenet was born in the Loire Valley and received his early musical education from his piano-teacher mother before studying at the Paris Conservatoire where his teachers included the composer Ambroise Thomas. In 1862 Massenet won the coveted Grand Prix de Rome (an award which his compatriots Berlioz and Ravel chased obsessively) for the cantata David Rizzio, but his real breakthrough came over a decade later with the dramatic oratorio Marie-Magdeleine.

Further Reading: Massenet

 Favourites, Jules Massenet

Katherine indulges in French Romanticism this week, with a survey of favourite Massenet recordings.

 Recording of the Week, Jules Massenet - Werther & Don Quichotte

Rolando Villazón brings apposite wildness and fragility to Goethe’s tortured poet, with Antonio Pappano presiding over a visceral, near-Italianate performance from the Covent Garden orchestra, whilst Ferruccio Furlanetto is heart-breaking as the ‘knight of the doleful countenance’ from the Mariinsky.

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