Vincent d'Indy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

Vincent d'Indy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

by Rumon Gamba
     
 
Great d'Indy from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Rumon Gamba? Why not? It should be possible -- both technically and theoretically. In their recordings for Naxos and Chandos, the Icelandic musicians have shown themselves to be a fully professional, deeply dedicated, and tightly polished orchestra capable of playing music of their

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Great d'Indy from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Rumon Gamba? Why not? It should be possible -- both technically and theoretically. In their recordings for Naxos and Chandos, the Icelandic musicians have shown themselves to be a fully professional, deeply dedicated, and tightly polished orchestra capable of playing music of their countrymen such as Jón Leifs and music by Scandinavians such as Jean Sibelius with equal panache and power. And Gamba, with his crisp technique, poised tempos, and sensitivity to color, has proved a remarkably able conductor in works by Arnold and Vaughan Williams. But some will rightly point out that there's less aesthetic distance between Scandinavia and England than there is between England and France, and that Sibelius and Vaughan Williams are aesthetically vastly removed from d'Indy's cool, clear Impressionism. And yet, Gamba and the Iceland Symphony turn in finely polished, vividly realized performances that have the textural clarity and the brilliant colors so characteristic of the French fin de siècle composer. The "Second Symphony" has been well-served by recordings in the past but this one has enough grace, energy and intensity to rival the best. The other works here, an orchestration of movements from the picture postcard "Tableaux de voyage" and a short suite of semi-oriental mood music called "Karadec," may not be in the same league as the "Second" in terms of intellect and profundity, but they are nevertheless entirely beguiling works that will likely charm anyone who likes the symphony. It seems that no matter where they record, Chandos' sound is rich, deep, and vivid, and so it is here.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115151426
catalogNumber:
10514
Rank:
125958

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 2 in B flat, Op 57
  2. Tableaux de voyage for orchestra, Op. 36
  3. Karadec, petite suite, for orchestra, Op. 34

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