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Jean Morel

Albeniz: Iberia. Ravel; Chabrier; Bizet (2CD)

These unique recordings make their first appearance on CD. Some make their first ever appearance on Decca!

Jean Morel (1903-75) counted among his teachers Isidore Philipp, Gabriel Pierne and Reynaldo Hahn. He established a connection with the United States early on, teaching at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleu between 1921 (when he was just eighteen!) and 1936. his conducting pupils included James Levine and Leonard Slatkin. Morel's conducting bore many similarities to that of his countryman Pierre Monteux. His style was bright, clear and energetic, and he always gave the music's colour its due. Appearing here is the only recording in the Decca catalogue of the complete orchestral version of Albeniz`s Iberia - in orchestrations by Arbos and Surinach. Completing this Spanish-flavoured program is music by Chabrier, Bizet and Ravel. The legendary Decca engineer Kenneth Wilkinson is responsible for the great `Decca Sound`.

CD 1

Iberia (orch. Arbos/Surinach)
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Jean Morel

CD 2

Rapsodie espagnole
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Jean Morel

Marche joyeuse

L’Arlésienne: Suites Nos. 1 & 2
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Jean Morel