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Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931): Orchestral Works, Vol. 6 / Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir, cello; Iceland SO; Gamba

Album Summary

>D'Indy, Vincent : Wallenstein, Op. 12
>D'Indy, Vincent : Fervaal, Op. 40
>D'Indy, Vincent : Lied, Op. 19
>D'Indy, Vincent : Suite dans le style ancien, for trumpet, 2 flutes & string quintet in D major, Op 24
>D'Indy, Vincent : Sérénade et Valse, for orchestra, Op. 28
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This release marks the last volume in the Chandos label's Vincent d'Indy series of recordings. The project, undertaken with the Iceland Symphony and conductor Rumon Gamba, brings the neglected, eclectic and richly orchestrated works of an eminent, well-deserving representative of the late-Romantic French musical tradition and to a wider audience. Previous volumes in the series have garnered many awards, from the Grammy® nomination for V1, a Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' for V2 to a 'Choc de Classica' for V5, confirming Chandos' reputation as a top label in the groundbreaking search for neglected musical gems. D'Indy's Wagnerian influences are clearly highlighted both in the three interlinked symphonic overtures of Wallenstein, and in the Prelude to Act III of Fervaal, d'Indy's first opera, a work of Wagnerian scale and proportions, displaying the influence of Parsifal. The three remaining works on the disc were all written for small orchestras. The lightweight, sophisticated pieces of the Sérénade et Valse and the early Lied for Cello and Orchestra contrast with the five-movement Suite dans le style ancien, a work based on traditional dance forms and reflective of d'Indy's enthusiasm for early music. The soloist, Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir, is the Iceland Symphony's principal cellist. This sixth recording, exceptional for the series, is a Hybrid SACD.

The Guardian, 23rd April 2015
[Kuniko] takes on the 1978 dance score PlTnades, and treats its effervescent textures to a loose, sensual swing. Who knows what the spatially obsessed Xenakis would have thought of her overdubbing the multiple parts of the sixxen (an instrument of Xenakis's own devising), and it isn't a hugely muscular performance, but the delicacy and sway are enticing.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
Gamba's conducting evinces the care and thought characteristic of the retrospective as a whole. There's an admirable awareness of the crafted sensuousness of d'Indy's textures, the slightly studied novelty of his compositional style. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's brass glare a bit, though the playing is judiciously honed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland (11/10/2014-11/13/2014).



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Works Details

>D'Indy, Vincent : Wallenstein, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland (11/10/2014-11/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>D'Indy, Vincent : Fervaal, Op. 40 :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland (11/10/2014-11/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>D'Indy, Vincent : Lied, Op. 19
  • Performer: Bryndis Gylfadottir (Cello)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland (11/10/2014-11/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1884

>D'Indy, Vincent : Suite dans le style ancien, for trumpet, 2 flutes & string quintet in D major, Op 24
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland (11/10/2014-11/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>D'Indy, Vincent : Sérénade et Valse, for orchestra, Op. 28
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland (11/10/2014-11/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885