Jolivet: Selected Works

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On the threshold of the 40th anniversary of death of the prominent 20th century French composer Andre Jolivet, Melodiya presents a set of works by the French master.

'I want music to have its original ancient sense back, when it was an expression of a magical and invocating element of a religion which united people,' Jolivet wrote.

He was born in Paris to a family of an artist and a pianist, and became known as a member of the composers' group La jeune France (Young France), which also included Olivier Messiaen. Edgard Varese, one of the biggest master of musical avant-garde, was Jolivet's teacher. Arnold Schoenberg's works also had a certain influence on the young composer.

Jolivet's works combined diverse features of the 20th century art - on the one hand, new musical means (polytonality, atonality), echoes of jazz and non-European musical cultures (Jolivet had a special liking for them, therefore his attitude to music as 'magical rite', on the other hand choral polyphony of the renaissance era, and also clarity and accuracy of statement not devoid of theatrical affectation so characteristic of French art. This is perhaps why concerto in its various versions remained one of the main genres to him.

The composer had close friendly connections with his country and visited the USSR with concerts on a number of occasions. Andre Jolivet's works are performed by well-know Soviet and Russian musicians such as Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Alexander Korneyev (flute), Valery Popov (bassoon) and others. The Big Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio is conducted by the author, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Valery Polyansky the Latvian SSR Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Vasily Sinaisky.
Item number MELCD 1002215
Barcode 4600317122158
Release date 11/01/2014
Category 20th Century
Label Melodiya
Media type CD
Number of units 2
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