Hyperion Records

Léo Delibes

born: 21 February 1836
died: 16 January 1891
country: France

The earliest compositions of this highly gifted musician were comic chansons and chansonnettes published in newspapers and journals between 1850 and 1860. The composer’s links to the charming superficialities of the Second Empire were thus early established, although his great masterpieces, the ballets Coppélia and Sylvia date from the early years of the Third Republic. His masterpiece was the opera Lakmé, first performed in 1883. The twenty-seven mélodies of Delibes traverse a lengthy career. His poets include Musset, Coppée, Hugo, Sully Prudhomme and a considerable reliance on the ubiquitous Armand Silvestre, a writer whom Delibes shares with Fauré and Massenet among other composers.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

Albums
'La Procession' (CDA66248)
La Procession
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'L'invitation au voyage – Mélodies from La belle époque' (CDA67523)
L'invitation au voyage – Mélodies from La belle époque
'Piers Lane goes to town' (CDA67967)
Piers Lane goes to town
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'Stephen Hough's French Album' (CDA67890)
Stephen Hough's French Album
On other labels
'Michael Zadora – The complete recordings' (APR6008)
Michael Zadora – The complete recordings
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 APR6008  2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only  
Complete works available for download
Bonjour, Suzon! John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Bonjour, Suzon! Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Départ John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Naila Waltz Piers Lane (piano)
Regrets! John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Bonjour, Suzon! (Delibes)
Coppélia (Delibes/Zadora)
Départ (Delibes)
Divertissement: Pizzicati  Act 3 from Sylvia (Delibes/Zadora)
Je veux oublier que j'aime  First line to Départ (Delibes)
Jours passés  First line to Regrets! (Delibes)
Naila Waltz (Delibes/Dohnányi)
Pizzicati  Act 3 Divertissement from Sylvia (Delibes/Hough)
Regrets! (Delibes)
Sylvia (Delibes/Hough)
Sylvia (Delibes/Zadora)
Valse lente  Act 1 No 6 from Sylvia (Delibes/Zadora)
Valse lente  Act 1 No 2 from Coppélia (Delibes/Zadora)
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