Chausson: Symphony in B flat major; Poème; Viviane

Chausson: Symphony in B flat major; Poème; Viviane

by Jerome Kaltenbach
     
 

Ernest Chausson's "Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20," has never been regarded as highly as Franck's "Symphony in D minor" or Saint-Saëns' "Symphony No. 3, Organ," yet listeners may find many stylistic similarities between them and wonder what has kept this work from achieving equal recognition or popularity. One maySee more details below

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Ernest Chausson's "Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20," has never been regarded as highly as Franck's "Symphony in D minor" or Saint-Saëns' "Symphony No. 3, Organ," yet listeners may find many stylistic similarities between them and wonder what has kept this work from achieving equal recognition or popularity. One may point to the comparable laxness of Chausson's developments, a lack of definition in his themes, or even the blandness of his orchestration, yet finally conclude that his failure is due to an inability to sustain drama and tension in a long, dialectical form. For such a lyrical composer, this is not surprising, and though the "Symphony" is an interesting artifact of its time, the form was not a natural fit for the composer. Chausson is much more in his element in the "Poème for violin and orchestra, Op. 25," a free and highly expressive work that has become a staple of the violinist's repertoire. Laurent Korcia plays the solo part with great passion and penetrating clarity, and the "Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy," conducted by Jérôme Kaltenbach, responds with a strongly felt accompaniment. Their performances of "Poème" and the filler "Viviane, Op. 5," are much more engaged than their merely respectful reading of the "Symphony." Naxos provides decent sound quality.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/1998
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099465229
catalogNumber:
8553652
Rank:
194950

Tracks

  1. Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20  - Ernest Chausson  - Jerome Kaltenbach  -  Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy
  2. Poème, for violin & orchestra, Op. 25  - Ernest Chausson  - Jerome Kaltenbach  -  Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy  - Laurent Korcia
  3. Viviane, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 5  - Ernest Chausson  - Jerome Kaltenbach  -  Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy

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