Roussel: Symphony No. 4; Rapsodie Flamande; Petite Suite; Sinfonietta

Roussel: Symphony No. 4; Rapsodie Flamande; Petite Suite; Sinfonietta

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by Stéphane Denève
     
 

This fourth and presumably final volume in Stéphane Denève and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's survey of Albert Roussel's symphonies is quite satisfactory. Denève, a talented and capable conductor, clearly knows and may even love Roussel's music, and his account of the composer's "Fourth Symphony" is full ofSee more details below

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This fourth and presumably final volume in Stéphane Denève and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's survey of Albert Roussel's symphonies is quite satisfactory. Denève, a talented and capable conductor, clearly knows and may even love Roussel's music, and his account of the composer's "Fourth Symphony" is full of energy and strength as well as feeling and sensitivity. The power of the outer Allegros, the unstoppable force of the Scherzo, and the emotional depths of the central Lento molto are all convincingly rendered and are all testimony to Denève's enthusiasm for the French modernist's music. The remaining works on the disc -- the "Flemish Rhapsody, Op. 56"; the "Petite suite, Op. 39"; the "Concerto pour petit orchestre, Op. 34"; and the "Sinfonietta, Op. 52" -- are also as persuasively directed, without overloading these lighter works with too much meaning. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which could hardly have known this music beforehand, plays with polished professionalism and sometimes with surprising passion. Though the composer's fans may already have their favorite performances of the "Fourth Symphony," anyone trying Roussel for the first time could do much worse than to start here. Naxos' digital sound is neither as clear nor as clean as it should be; too often the sound obscures the music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313213573
catalogNumber:
8572135
Rank:
253148

Tracks

  1. Sinfonietta for strings, Op. 52  - Albert Roussel  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Stéphane Denève  - E. Carlier
  2. Rapsodie flamande, symphonic poem, Op. 56  - Albert Roussel  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Stéphane Denève  - E. Carlier
  3. Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53  - Albert Roussel  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Stéphane Denève  - E. Carlier
  4. Concerto for Small Orchestra, Op. 34  - Albert Roussel  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Stéphane Denève  - E. Carlier
  5. Petite suite, for orchestra, Op. 39  - Albert Roussel  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Stéphane Denève  - E. Carlier

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