On 5 July 1950, shortly after the completion of the Salome score in Berlin and well before its first performance, Strauss wrote to inform his publisher Adolf Fürstner that he himself would undertake a French version of his new composition. His adaptation would retain the existing orchestration but alter the vocal line to accommodate Oscar Wilde's original French Salomé. Geneviève Lièvre, notes to the Virgin recording.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, An American in Paris brings this classic tale to Broadway, for the first time, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lucas. The show is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner and Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, U.K., Christopher Wheeldon. An American in Paris is the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of World War II. The show had its Broadway premiere on April 12 at The Palace Theater. The score was adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher with orchestrations by Christopher Austin and musical direction by Brad Haak.
The cantate francaise flourished during the first half of the eighteenth century. Morin and Bernier were among the most interesting early exponents of it, Campra, Monteclair, Clerambault and Rameau among the most impressive. Indeed, it is generally recognized that the cantate francaise reached its zenith in the hands of Clerambault. He is represented on this new disc by Le Soleil, vainqueur des nuages. It appeared in none of the composer’s five published collections of chamber cantatas but was issued separately in 1721