. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Dalcroze – Variations sue La Belle est Suisse – Suisse Romande Orch. – Edmond Appia, cond. – RSR – circa 1950.
Over to Switzerland this week for a radio session circa 1950 featuring l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Edmond Appia in a performance of Variations sur La Belle est Suisse, by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze.
Aside from a composer of some note, Dalcroze was also an educator and theoretician who developed Dalcroze Eurythmics, a method of learning and experiencing music through movement. The method has been very popular throughout the world and is still used in the U.S. (whatever schools in the U.S are still teaching music, that is).
But this weekend it’s Dalcroze the composer and his Variations sur La Belle est Suisse comes from 1895 and probably owes its style to that of his teachers Delibes and Fauré. It’s a lush work which sadly hasn’t been played much (although there is a commercial recording of it featuring the Moscow Symphony). This recording is via a Swiss Radio transcription, recorded between 1950 and 1951.
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