Vincent d'Indy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 / Louis Lortie, piano. Iceland SO, Gamba

Album Summary

>D'Indy, Vincent : Symphony on a French Mountain Air for piano & orchestra, Op. 25
>D'Indy, Vincent : Fervaal, Op. 40
>D'Indy, Vincent : Saugefleurie, Op. 21
>D'Indy, Vincent : Medee, incidental music and suite, Op. 47
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the fifth volume of Chandos' series on the orchestral works of Vincent d'Indy, nicknamed "The Samson of Music" by Fauré for his varied and tireless work as a composer, conductor, and teacher. Standout recordings include the Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français with acclaimed pianist Louis Lortie joining the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Rumon Gamba.

The Guardian, 11th April 2013
The mixture of post-Wagnerian chromaticism and refined orchestral sensuousness is typical of a style that left an indelible impression on French music for decades. The performances, from the Iceland Symphony under Rumon Gamba, are faultless. Louis Lortie is the restrained yet dexterous soloist in the Symphonie.

International Record Review, May 2013
Lortie is so sensitively attuned to a piano part whose sheer dexterity is partly offset only by its frequent self-effacement...Gamba yields very little to Andre Cluytens in terms of his identity with a work that is well deserving of revival.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
d'Indy is his own man, conjuring up fragrant atmosphere from his mountain theme and generating a good deal of healthy vigour in the finale. All this is potently communicated by the orchestral playing and by Louis Lortie's scintillating fluency in the piano obbligato.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
D'Indy considered the opera Fervaal one of his greatest works, and this is mirrored in the responses of others, including Paul Dukas, who lauded the score as "an important point in the history of French composition". Saugefleurie tells the familiar tale of a fairy (Sage Flower) who has the misfortune to fall in love with a mortal, in this case the King's son. A fine compendium in any event.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/29/2012-11/01/2012).



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Works Details

>D'Indy, Vincent : Symphony on a French Mountain Air for piano & orchestra, Op. 25
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/29/2012-11/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1886

>D'Indy, Vincent : Fervaal, Op. 40 :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/29/2012-11/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>D'Indy, Vincent : Saugefleurie, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/29/2012-11/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>D'Indy, Vincent : Médée, incidental music and suite, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/29/2012-11/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898