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Roussel: Symphony no 1 & 4 / Eschenbach, et al

Album Summary

>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 1 in D minor ("Le poeme de la foret"), Op. 7
>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 53
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Roussel's First Symphony, subtitled "The Poem of the Forest", is so seldom played or recorded that it's faint praise to hail this newcomer as the best version available. As with Christoph Eschenbach's excellent version of the Second Symphony, he takes the music very seriously, you might say Germanically, producing a third-movement "Summer Evening" of exceptional depth and gravity. While some listeners might miss a bit of the traditional impressionistic lightness in the concluding "Fauns and Dryads", this is certainly a legitimate way to play the music, a fact that applies even more forcefully to the compactly argued Fourth Symphony. While memories of conductors such as Charles Munch aren't erased in this performance of the latter work, Eschenbach's trenchant reading alongside the expert playing of the Orchestre de Paris upholds Roussel's claim as France's finest 20th-century symphonist. Very good sonics complete the picture." -Classics Today

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
For a work composed originally as independent items, Roussel's impressionist First Symphony (1904-06) works surprisingly well. True, its structure is unorthodox, each of the four movements - which form a seasonal cycle from winter to autumn - larger than its predecessor, but it all flows together remarkably well, adding up to rather more than a picturesque set of tone poems or suite. Small wonder it so impressed early audiences... What makes this newcomer recommendable is the superb playing and Ondine's first-rate sound.



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>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 1 in D minor ("Le poème de la forêt"), Op. 7
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Running Time: 41 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906

>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 53
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Running Time: 24 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934