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Saturday, February 11, 2017 Permalink

The Divertissement Connection

A collage of the many meanings of "divertissement"


It’s music intended for the theater or ballet—although sometimes it’s not.

It’s usually scored for full orchestra—but not always.

It’s lighthearted and up-tempo — except when it isn’t.

In this hour, the quirky world of the divertissement—and its cousin, the divertimento—from Baroque to Modern.

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Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Delibes: Coppelia National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge Decca 414502 4988005816849
L'orchestre Du Roi Soleil  Les Concerts des Nations, Jordi Savall Alia Vox AVSA 9807 7619986098074
Couperin: Concert Dans Le Gout Theatrical Capriccio Stravagante, Skip Sempe Naïve E8829 3298490088203
Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik · Divertimentos  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble BIS BS-CD-506 7318590005064
Mozart - Divertimento - Piano Trio Yo-Yo Ma; Gidon Kremer; Kim Kashkashian Sony SK 39561 074643956123 
Schubert: Complete Piano Music for Four Hands   Duo Tal / Groethuysen - Sony 88697535782 0886975357826
Sor: Guitar Duets, Vol. 1 Wilma van Berkel and Robert Kubica Naxos 8.553302 0730099430227
Tchaikovsky:  Sleeping Beauty National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge Decca 425468 [OOP]---Decca 460411  [on The 3 Tchaikovsky Ballets] 028942546820---28946041123
Tchaikovsky:  Complete Suites Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi Chandos CHAN 9676 095115967621
The Decca Sound [for Ibert: Divertissement] Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Martinon Decca 4782826  028947828266
Mysterious Mountain, etc, [for Stravinsky Divertimento]  Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner   RCA Victor 09026-61957-2 090266195725
Poulenc - Chamber Music [for Sextet] Le Quintette à vent de Paris, Jacques Février EMI Classics 5692721 [OOP] 724356926721
Bernstein: Candide Suite, Etc. [for Divertimento] Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue Reference Recordings RR-87CD 030911108724

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