Notes & Reviews:
Paul Dukas (1865-1935) is famed for his brilliant, meticulously scored symphonic scherzo The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, first performed in 1897, which almost immediately entered the international repertoire. It was subsequently the focus of a ballet and later Walt Disney’s film Fantasia. Magical scoring is also a feature of La peri, a poeme danse of great imaginative verve. The delightful, colorful Symphony in C was composed mid-way between these works. For this recording, manuscript sources for the three works were consulted, including the hitherto private proofs of the first edition of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, ensuring rigorously faithful performances. The RTE National Symphony, founded in 1948, is at the forefront of symphonic music in Ireland. Conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud (b. 1969) studied with Manuel Rosenthal, himself a pupil of Ravel. Often engaged for operatic productions, his recordings include Sapho (Wexford), Werther (Martina Franca), La voix humaine (Compiegne), and Le siege de Corinthe (Bad Wildbad).
MusicWeb International, February 2015
The string playing is marvellous and the woodwind, so important in this work, are refined and ethereal. The choir also holds its own against the Czechs - you only need to listen to the Introitus to be convinced.
Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir are in fine collective voice...The quartet of soloists are magnificent...Orchestrally, this is a stunning performance. Perfectly blended woodwind are clearly focused on a wide-spread bed of strings. The recording is vividly engineered and everyone involved is on top form. A bargain.
Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (05/29/2012-06/05/2012).
Earlier recordings still available include a Decca/London 2-CD set conducted by Istvan Kertesz (Requiem plus Mass in D), a DGG 2-CD set conducted by Karel Ancerl (Requiem plus six of the 10 Biblical Songs, Op. 99), and a 1985 Supraphon 2-CD set conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch. There are also at least two video versions on the Internet (as of this review), but in my opinion none of them measures up to this new version from Naxos. The power and the impetus of this performance is immediately evident in the "Domine Jesu Christe" section of the Offertorium (disc 2, track 1), and all the other sections are also performed with great attention to detail. The recorded sound is first class, and Keith Anderson's program notes are highly informative.
Submitted on 12/06/14 by Ted Wilks
The work starts with a strong dark choral presence, with deep notes in the bass, moving into what is mostly solo soprano and strings for the “Gradual” movement. Timpani and dark choral motives return for the Dies Irae, and it is clear at this point that the orchestra and chorus are going to give us their best. The low bassoon notes in the “Tuba mirum” are of similar excellent quality and are obviously given with strength and sense of purpose. Yes, these folks came to play – and the music and effort are sustained throughout the entirety of the work on CD #2 as well. While the Dvorak is not the fire and brimstone style of work as is the Verdi Requiem, it is powerful and fulfilling, requiring a great deal of effort from the orchestra, chorus, and soloists from start to finish. And this group delivers.
This is a fine offering from the folks at Naxos – a powerful orchestra and choir, and musicians that are obviously committed to giving the best performance that they can. This is a worthy addition to my music library, and one of the strongest performances of this work that I have in my possession. Highly recommended.
Submitted on 02/24/15 by KlingonOpera
Poulenc: Mass in G major; Sept Chansons; Motets / Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
Dukas: Symphony in C; The Sorcerer's Apprentice; La péri / RTE National SO, Tingaud
Zdenek Fibich: Overtures - Comenius; A Night at Karlstejn Castle; The Jew of Prague; Ballet Music from Hedy / Czech Nat'l SO; etilec
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"; Danse macabre; Cyprès et Lauriers / Vincent Warnier, organ; Orch. Nat'l de Lyon, Slatkin
Songs for voice & piano by Britten and Schubert / Robin Tritschler, tenor; Iain Burnside, piano
Handel: Music for Queen Caroline / Les Arts Florissants; Christie
The Marian Collection: Choral Works of Willliam Byrd, Judith Weir, Gabriel Jackson et al. / Choir of Merton College, Oxford; Nicholas, Phillips
Brass Too - works by Shostakovich, Tomasi, Piazzolla, Hindemith / Brass & Strings of the Royal Concertgebouw Orch., Kurt Masur (rec. live, 2011-2014)
Hildegard von Bingen: Vox Cosmica - Antiphons and Meditations / Arianna Savall, Petter Udland Johansen, Andreas Spindler et al.
Works DetailsAntonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Requiem for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 165 (Op. 89)
- Performers: Janusz Monarcha (Bass); Christiane Libor; Daniel Kirch (Tenor)
- Conductor: Antoni Wit
- Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
- Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (05/29/2012-06/05/2012)
- Running Time: 95 min. 46 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Choral