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Sea Symphony at the Radio France Occitanie Montpellier Festival

Cristian Măcelaru conducts Sea Pictures by Elgar and A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams with Marianne Crebassa, Jodie Devos, Gerald Finley, the Choeur de Radio France and the National de France.

Concert recorded by France Musique on July 21, 2022 and broadcast live from the Opéra Berlioz du Corum de Montpellier, as part of the Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier. Simultaneous broadcast within the framework of Euroradio exchanges with the European Radio and Television Union (EBU).

It’s a real odyssey offered by the Orchester National de France and Cristian Măcelaru during this 100% British evening: after admiring the subtle reflections of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, let’s let ourselves be carried away by the irresistible current of the grandiose Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams. Mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa is Sea Pictures’ soloist. Jodie Devos, soprano and Gerald Finley, baritone are those of the Sea Symphony, joined by the Chœur de Radio France.

Edward Elgar,

Sea Pictures (Marines), op.37 (1897-1899)
Melodies for mezzo-soprano and orchestra:
1. Sea Slumber Song – Poem by Roden Noel
2. In Haven, Capri – Poem by Caroline Alice Elgar
3. Sabbath Morning at Sea – Poem by Elisabeth Barrett Browning
4. Where Corals Lie – Poem by Richard Garnett
5. The Swimmer – Poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Marianne Crebassa: Mezzo-soprano
National Orchestra of France
Cristian Măcelaru: Musical direction

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Walt Whitman,

Symphony No. 1 “A Sea Symphony” – 1903-1909)
for soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra:
1st movement. Song for all seas, al ships
– Interruption due to Jodie Devos feeling unwell due to the heat –
2nd move. On the beach at Night, alone
3rd move. Scherzo: The Waves
– Return on stage of Jodie Devos –
4th move. The explorers

Jodie Devos: Soprano
Gerald Finley: Baritone
Radio France Choir
Christophe Grapperon: Choir Master
National Orchestra of France
Cristian Măcelaru: Musical direction

The Festival program page Radio France Occitanie Montpellier.

Intermission of the Sea Symphony concert with the Orchester National de France:

Bernard Herrmann – Lucille Fletcher / after Emily Brontë

Wutherings Heights :
Isabel Linton “Love is like the wild rose briar” (Act III)

Marianne Crebassa: Mezzo-soprano
Not specified: Piano
Universal Music 476 4653

  • Interview by François-Xavier Szymczak with Marianne Crebassa and Cristian Măcelaru

Jules Massenet – arr Gabriel Bianco,

Night of Spain, DO 212 – arrangement for mezzo-soprano and guitar

Marianne Crebassa: Mezzo-soprano
Thibaut Garcia: Guitar
Erato 0190296676895

Camille Saint-Saëns,

Symphony in A Major :
3rd movement. Scherzo

National Orchestra of France
Cristian Măcelaru: Musical direction
Warner Classics 9029653343

Ralph Vaughan Williams-Robert Louis Stevenson,

Songs of Travel :
2. Let beauty awaken

Jodie Devos: Soprano
Nicolas Krüger: Piano
Alpha Classics ALPHA 668

Temporary interruption of the Sea Symphony concert

At 9 p.m., Jodie Devos having had a temporary illness due to the high heat, the 1st Symphony, “A Sea Symphony” by Ralph Vaughan Williams is interrupted. At 9:20 p.m., the symphony resumes in the 2nd movement, after a few discs:

Benjamin Britton,

On this island, op 11 :
5. As it is, plenty

Jodie Devos: Soprano
Nicolas Krüger: Piano
Alpha Classics ALPHA 668

Claude Debussy,

La Mer, three symphonic sketches for orchestra, L 109 :
3. Dialogue of wind and sea

National Orchestra of France
Seiji Ozawa: Musical direction
Radio France / Ina FRF 023

Alexander Glazunov,

The sea (extract)

USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov: Musical direction
Melodiya MEL CD 10 01947

Break before Jodie Devos’ return to the stage:

The soprano returns to perform her part in the 4th movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 1st Symphony, “A Sea Symphony”. Previously, we listen to an excerpt from his record Poetics of the moment :

Claude Debussy / arranged by Yves Balmer

Lyrical prose :
Dream (excerpt)

Jodie Devos: Soprano
Voce Quartet, string quartet:
Cécile Roubin, Sarah Dayan: Violins
Guillaume Becker: Viola
Lydia Shelley: Cello
Alpha Classics ALPHA 798

1h 58

29 mins

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