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D'Indy: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Rumon Gamba, Iceland SO

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> Jour d'ete a la montagne, Op. 61 - I. Aurore
> Jour d'ete a la montagne, Op. 61 - II. Jour (Apres-midi sous les pins)
> Jour d'ete a la montagne, Op. 61 - III. Soir
> La foret enchantee, Op. 8 - Adagio - Allegro -
> La foret enchantee, Op. 8 - Un peu plus lent - Meme Mouvement - Plus lent - Andante maestoso -
> La foret enchantee, Op. 8 - Allegro con fuoco - Plus lent - Tres lent - Allegretto non troppo - Un peu plus lent - Andante maestoso - Plus lent
> Souvenirs, Op. 62 - Tres lent -
> Souvenirs, Op. 62 - Anime - Tres calme - Meme mouvement - La moitie moins vite, tres intense d'expression - Plus anime, avec chaleur -
> Souvenirs, Op. 62 - Mouvement initial, tres lent - Un peu plus vite, tres modere - Tres calme -
> Souvenirs, Op. 62 - Anime (Premier Mouvement) - Lent - Premier Mouvement - Lent - Premier Mouvement - Plus anime - Lento - Tres lent - Meme Mouvement, un peu retenu

Album Summary

>D'Indy, Vincent : Jour d'ete a la montagne, symphonic triptych for orchestra, Op. 61
>D'Indy, Vincent : La Foret Enchantee, symphonic legend after Uhland for orchestra, Op. 8
>D'Indy, Vincent : Souvenirs, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 62
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

D'Indy was a contemporary of Debussy and Ravel, and a pupil of Cesar Franck. Faure described him as 'The Samson of Music' for his multifarious and generous-minded work as a composer, conductor, educator and propagandist who greatly strengthened French musical culture. Today the music of d'Indy is sadly neglected, which is why Chandos and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra have decided to embark upon a series devoted to his orchestral works with conductor Rumon Gamba. D'Indy drew particular inspiration from his native region in southern France, and formed a body of post-romantic works richly orchestrated, often inflected with folk-like melodies and employing Franck's well-known 'cyclic method'.

The Telegraph
The orchestra, under its music director Rumon Gamba, has no problem warming to the Ardèche summer's day so evocatively conjured up in d'Indy's tone poem Jour d'été à la montagne of 1905. And with some exceptional playing it delves deep into the Wagnerian world of La Forêt enchantée and explores the changing moods of Souvenirs. It is all aided by a sumptuous recording.

Gramophone Magazine
The rich orchestration in all three works is superbly realised by the excellent Iceland Symphony Orchestra unde Rumon Gamba and the state-of-the-art Chandos recording; definitely a key record of d'Indy's orchestral output.

BBC Music Magazine
Most record lovers will be drawn primarily by Jour d'été à la montagne. Rumon Gamba, eliciting controlled and delicate playing from the orchestra in the other two works, does so again here.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Three of d'Indy's most colourful works show him not only as an impressionist in a Debussian mould but also influenced by Wagner and folk music from his own culture. La forêt enchantée (1878) is described as a 'légende-symphonique' and is inspired by an epic ballad by Ludwig Uhland. D'Indy creates a mysteriously expectant opening atmosphere, then Knight Harald and his followers ride out vigorously. Female elves seduce his followers, but Harald loftily resists their enticements and gallops off to reach an enchanted spring, where the elves are waiting for him. This time he yields to their alluring invitation before slipping into a 'centuries-lasting' sleep.

By the time the masterly Jour d'été à la montagne was written some 30 years later, d'Indy's style had matured. While the Wagnerian sensuality remains, here the influences from Debussy and even Ravel are very potent: there's a daybreak with an orchestral chorus of birds. The sultry central movement, 'Après-midi sous les pins', includes lively folk dancing before the clouds arrive, with thunder in the distance. Twilight transforms the mood for 'Soir' and the work closes in nocturnal bliss.

D'Indy wrote Souvenirs almost immediately afterwards (in 1906) in memory of his wife (represented by a leitmotif, Bien-Aimée), recalling the couple's idyllic summers together and again evoking the countryside. This idée fixe is continually transformed before the music darkens and 12 harp harmonics set the time of Isabelle's death at midnight; the evocation ends in sad serene acceptance.

The rich orchestration in all three works is superbly realised by the excellent Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Rumon Gamba and the state-of-the-art Chandos recording; definitely a key record of d'Indy's orchestral output.



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Works Details

>D'Indy, Vincent : Jour d'été à la montagne, symphonic triptych for orchestra, Op. 61
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Háskólabíó, Iceland (10/09/2007-10/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>D'Indy, Vincent : La Forêt Enchantée, symphonic legend after Uhland for orchestra, Op. 8
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Háskólabíó, Iceland (10/09/2007-10/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>D'Indy, Vincent : Souvenirs, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 62
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Háskólabíó, Iceland (10/09/2007-10/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906