Naxos Scenic Musical Journeys Southern France A Musical Tour of Provence, Cote d'Azur and Camargue
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Scenes of Provence, with its ancient Roman remains and ancestral traditions, mingle with the coast of the Cote d''Azur with its blue seas, rocks and islands, and the great nature reserve of Camargue, land of wild bulls and horses.
Chopin and Puccini may seem outsiders in a gathering of French musicians. The former, however, was the son of an emigre French father and spent the greater part of his life in Paris, while Puccini finds a place here with his transformation of the Abbe Prevost''s novel Manon Lescaut into an immensely moving opera. Other composers reflect a French tradition ranging from Berlioz to Ravel.