The French Collection

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COMPOSERS: Berlioz,Bizet,Chabrier,Faure,Franck,Gounod,Lalo,Saint-Saëns etc
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Orchestral works by Berlioz, Bizet, Chabrier, Gounod, Fauré, Franck, Lalo, Saint-Saëns etc
PERFORMER: French National Radio & Royal Philharmonic Orchestras/Beecham
CATALOGUE NO: EMI 909 9322 (6 CDS)

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The box of French music shows us how at home Beecham was with the French National Radio Orchestra, in symphonies by Berlioz, Bizet, Franck and Lalo. The French accent he found for the RPO in Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suites is still deliciously colourful 55 years on. This is the box to explore first if you’re a fan of Beecham’s lollipops: Chabrier’s Marche Joyeuse or España, Berlioz Overtures, or Gounod, Massenet and Grétry… no wonder he was awarded the Légion d’honneur for services to French music. Andrew McGregor