D'Indy: Symphony on a French Moutain Air; Saint-Saens: Sym. 2; Chausson: Soir de Fete / Martin Helmchen, piano

> Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais, Op. 25, "Symphonie cevenole" - I. Assez lent - Moderement anime
> Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais, Op. 25, "Symphonie cevenole" - II. Assez modere, mais sans lenteur
> Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais, Op. 25, "Symphonie cevenole" - III. Anime
> Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55 - I. Allegro marcato - Piu allegro - Tempo primo - Piu allegro - Tempo primo - Allegro appassionato
> Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55 - II. Adagio
> Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55 - III. Scherzo: Presto - Un poco meno mosso
> Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55 - IV. Prestissimo - Andantino - Tempo primo
> Soir de fete, Op. 32 - Soir de fete, Op. 32

Album Summary

>D'Indy, Vincent : Symphony on a French Mountain Air for piano & orchestra, Op. 25
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 2 in A minor, Op. 55
>Chausson, Ernest : Soir de fete, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 32
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded at Victoria Hall in Geneva Switzerland is this latest Pentatone release. Featuring the skills of pianist Martin Helmchen with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the baton of Marek Janowski, listen with delight to the performances of works by Vincent D'indy, Camille Saint-Saëns and Ernest Chausson.

The Telegraph
A full-blooded approach lends impetus to Chausson's Soir de fête, and Saint-Saëns's Second Symphony achieves cohesion through Marek Janowski's conducting and the orchestra's playing.

International Record Review, January 2012
Janowski and his rejuvenated orchestra ensure that elegant phrasing, transparent textures and a balletic rhythmic awareness generate colour and atmosphere without overload. No profound hidden agendas, just a vital, smiling realization of unpretentious music beautifully crafted for enjoyment by audience and performers alike.

Gramophone Magazine
The luminous orchestral palettre of d'Indy's Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais is beautifully defined here, with Martin Helmchen a scintillating partner in the piano solo, and Chausson's Soir de fete is given with due rapture and instrumental glow. This is an imaginative programme, performed with panache.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (07/2010).



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Works Details

>D'Indy, Vincent : Symphony on a French Mountain Air for piano & orchestra, Op. 25
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 24 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Symphony no 2 in A minor, Op. 55
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 22 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1859

>Chausson, Ernest : Soir de fête, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 32
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 14 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1898