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Home » French Composers » Francoeur

François Francœur (1698-1787)

Francœur was a significant opera composer between 1726 and 1751 and later Surintendant de la Musique de Chambre du Roy. The suites compiled by Francœur from his earlier compositions for a banquet at Versailles in 1773, recorded in part by Hugo Reyne in 1993, reflect similarities to Rameau (e.g., the opening ouverture and the marche des américains), François Couperin (e.g., the first gavotte, the rondeau gai, and the air pour la vieillesse), Handel's French dance music (e.g., the second air vif and the contredanse), and Lully (e.g., the air des furies), among others. The first menuet, composed by Francœur's operatic collaborator François Rebel, even sounds like the opening chorus of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The new CD from Alpha presents a selection of vocal music from Francœur's operas for the first time.

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François Francœur Operas by L'Opéra baroque

NewOlde.com Review of Zélindor by Francoeur and Rebel, performed by Opera Lafayette and the New York Baroque Dance Company, 17 October 2007

Recordings

François Francoeur & François Rebel, Zélindor, Roi des Sylphes (1745). Naxos (1 CD, October 2009). Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette. Zélindor: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, haute-contre; Zirphé: Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano; Zulim: William Sharp, bass; Une Nymphe / La Sylphide: Ah Young Hong, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
François Francœur & François Rebel (1701-1775). Pirame et Thisbé (1726, ultime version de 1771). Mirare MIR 058 (2 CDs, April 2008). Details. Daniel Cuiller, Ensemble Stradivaria, Choeur de l'Académie Baroque. Pirame: Thomas Dolié, baritone; Thisbé: Judith van Wanroij, soprano; Ninus: Jeffrey Thompson, tenor; Zoraïde: Katia Velletaz, soprano; Zoroastre: Jean Teitgen, bass. Prologue: La Gloire: Leonor Leprêtre, soprano; Vénus: Adèle Carlier, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
François Francoeur & François Rebel, Zélindor, Roi des Sylphes (1745). Frédérick Haas & Mira Glodeanu, Ensemble Ausonia. Zyrphée: Bénédicte Tauran, soprano; Zélindor: Mathias Vidal, tenor; Zulim: Arnaud Richard, bass; La Nymphe & Une Sylphide: Aurore Bucher, soprano. CD 10 in 200 Ans de Musique à Versailles - Voyage au Coeur du Baroque Français. Musique de Baroque Français MBF 1107 (20 CDs, November 2007). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
François Francœur & François Rebel (1701-1775). Suite from Le Trophée (1745) / Zélindor, roi des Sylphes (1745). Naxos (forthcoming 2009). Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette. Zélindor & Le Génie: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, haute-contre; Zirphée & La Muse: Heide Grant Murphy, soprano; Zulim: William Sharp, bass; Une Nymphe & La Sylphide: Ah Young Hong, soprano.
François Francœur. Amans, voulez-vous être heureux? Alpha 076 (1 CD October 2005). Details. Ensemble Ausonia. Isabelle Desrochers, soprano; Mira Glodeanu, violin; Frédéric Haas, harpsichord. Airs and dances from Scanderberg (1735), Pirame & Thisbé (1726), and Tarsis & Zélie (1728). UK | DE | FR | JP
François Francœur. 4 Sonates pour violon et basse continue. Calliope CAL 9888 (1 CD 2002). Details. Ensemble Ausonia. Mira Glodeanu, violin; Frédéric Haas, harpsichord. UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
François Francœur & Jean-Philippe Rameau, Suites de simphonies. Cyprès CYP1626 (1 CD 2000). Daniel Cuiller, Ensemble Stradivaria. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
François Francœur. Musique des Tables Royales: Symphonies pour le Festin royal du Comte d'Artois (1773). FNAC Music 592287 (1 CD 1993). Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. US | UK | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Virgin 5616762 (1999) without the notes by Jérôme de La Gorce. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Books

Françoise Rubellin. Pyrame et Thisbé: Un opéra au miroir de ses parodies 1726-1779. Review. Editions espaces 34 (June 2007). FR

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