Les Nuits de Paris

Dance Music from Folies Bergère to Opéra

Bru Zane Label CDs
Jules Massenet, Hervé, Jeanne Danglas, Isaac Strauss, Théodore Dubois, Émile Waldteufel, Charles Gounod, Victorin Joncières, Camille Saint-Saëns, Ambroise Thomas, Ernest Guiraud, Philippe Musard, Léo Delibes
François-Xavier Roth conductor
BZ 2005
1 CD - 63 pages

The dance permeated every layer of Romantic society. From popular dance halls to courtly salons, people showed their public face, enjoyed themselves and met one another in waltz time or to the rhythms of the quadrille or the polka. At the same time, ballet gained unprecedented fame on the stage of the Paris Opéra. The music that accompanied this frantic round in France has long been neglected, whereas the Viennese have never ceased to celebrate their waltzes. Under the expert baton of François-Xavier Roth, the orchestra Les Siècles has set out to rediscover this French repertory using historical instruments. Their album explores the output of both established composers – Camille Saint-Saëns, Ambroise Thomas, Charles Gounod, Jules Massenet – and their colleagues who specialised in Terpsichorean entertainment, including Philippe Musard, Isaac Strauss, Émile Waldteufel and Hervé.

Recorded at the Théâtre Raymond Devos in Tourcoing (France), on 8 and 9 January 2022.
Scores published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane

Introductory texts in French, English and German
Texts by Alexandre Dratwicki and Étienne Jardin


1- Jules MASSENET - Le Carillon, Valse au cabaret
2- HERVÉ - Paris Exhibition, Espagnoles et Séguedille
3- Jeanne DANGLAS - L’Amour s’éveille (valse)
4- Isaac STRAUSS - Hébé-Polka
5- Théodore DUBOIS - La Farandole, Valse des âmes infidèles
6- Émile WALDTEUFEL - Grande Vitesse (galop)
7- Charles GOUNOD - Faust, Ballet. Les Troyennes
8- Victorin JONCIÈRES - Le Chevalier Jean, Ballet. Valse
9- Camille SAINT-SAËNS - Le Timbre d’argent, Valse
10- Émile WALDTEUFEL - Valse des patineurs
11- Ambroise THOMAS - Raymond, Ouverture
12- Ernest GUIRAUD - Gretna-Green, Valse de Colin-Maillard
13- Philippe MUSARD - Ouistiti-Polka
14- Léo DELIBES - Coppélia, Valse lente
15- Isaac STRAUSS - Quadrille sur « Orphée aux Enfers » d'Offenbach
16- HERVÉ - Sports in England, Valse du mal de mer
17- Émile WALDTEUFEL - Bella Bocca (polka)