La Belle Helene;  L'Etoile  (Offenbach)  (Leibowitz;  Janine Linda & Andre Dran)  (2-Regis RRC 2062)
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La Belle Helene;  L'Etoile  (Offenbach)  (Leibowitz;  Janine Linda & Andre Dran)  (2-Regis RRC 2062)
OP0044. LA BELLE HÉLÈNE (Offenbach), recorded 1952, w.Leibowitz Cond. l’Opéra, Paris Ensemble; Linda, Dran, Giraud, Linsolas, Mans, Mollien, etc.; L’ÉTOILE – Excerpts (Chabrier), recorded 1943, w.Désormière Cond. Revoil, Thelin, Mattio, Hérent, Balbon, Bonneval, etc. (England) 2-Regis RRC 2062. Very long out of-print, Final Copy! - 5055031320622


“No recording has come near to challenging [the above] version not only for presenting the original score unadorned but also for capturing the [score’s] essence….René Leibowitz…here emerged as a master of the intimate style of Offenbach’s early operettas. He apparently assembled the cast from his pupils, which accounts not only for the relative unfamiliarity of some of the names but also the stylistic unity that so deliciously pervades the whole enterprise.”

- Andrew Lamb, GRAMOPHONE, May, 2004

“René Leibowitz was born in Warsaw on 17 February, 1913. Eventually he made Paris his home where he studied composition with Ravel and Schönberg, and also studied orchestration with Ravel. Additionally, he studied composition with Webern and conducting with Pierre Monteux.

René Leibowitz made his début as a conductor in 1937 with the Chamber Orchestra of the French Radio in Europe and the United States. In 1944 he taught composition and conducting to many pupils, including Pierre Boulez (composition only), Antoine Duhamel, and Vinko Globokar.

René Leibowitz's repertoire as a conductor spanned virtually everything, including opera, from the Baroque to the most modern 20th century composers. Leibowitz was also known as an orchestrator. His arrangement and recording of Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor for double orchestra is just one of the unique achievements of his in this area. His most famous orchestration is his re-orchestration and recording of Mussorgsky's ‘Night on Bare Mountain’. Apparently the maestro had reservations regarding several aspects of the famous Rimsky-Korsakov version. He even made a special trip to Russia to study all the available manuscripts before creating his own rendition. Leibowitz completely eliminated the fanfares, as well as implemented many other orchestral and musical changes. The Leibowitz version ends with a huge crescendo and is quite powerful.

Leibowitz's conducting repertoire, which spanned virtually everything, is well represented in this comprehensive 13 CD set. Many recordings featured in this set have been available only as downloads. Glorious, inspired, unique interpretations. During the war he was an active member of the French resistance against the Nazis. After WW II, Leibowitz became one of the most sought-after conductors in Europe and his well deserved reputation is extensively represented in this set. This set includes Leibowitz’s acclaimed Beethoven symphonies cycle also noted for attempting to follow very precisely Beethoven's metronome marks.”

- Reader’s Digest