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D'Indy: Wallenstein, Saugefleurie, etc / Power, Fischer, et al

Album Summary

>D'Indy, Vincent : Wallenstein, Op. 12
>D'Indy, Vincent : Choral varie, Op. 55
>D'Indy, Vincent : Saugefleurie, Op. 21
>D'Indy, Vincent : Lied, Op. 19
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Vincent d'Indy is one of many great nineteenth-century composers whose reputation has suffered through the vagaries of fashion. Yet his fine body of works shows an imaginatively eclectic engagement with the musical trends of his age. This disc from Thierry Fischer and The BBC National Orchestral of Wales presents a fascinating selection of d'Indy's orchestral works. Symphonic poems Wallenstein and Saugefleurie are paired with two charming single-movement works for solo viola and orchestra that showcase the talents of Hyperion artist Lawrence Power.

'D'Indy handles his outsize forces with conspicuous skill (there's some terrific horn writing throughout), and the work's A flat major apotheosis is haunting indeed. Both the Op 19 Lied and Choral varié prove very fetching discoveries, especially when Lawrence Power plays with the selfless dedication, sense of poetry and lustrous tone that made his world premiere recording of York Bowen's viola concerto so special ... A toothsome and notably enterprising collection, this, with splendidly ample and atmospheric sound to match. A confident recommendation seems in order' (Gramophone)

'These works make a good introduction to D'Indy's post-Wagnerian art ... Choral varié and Lied are concertante works in which, respectively, the saxophone and cello solos are replaced by viola, played by Lawrence Power with his customary seductiveness' (The Sunday Times)

'Full of vitality and warmth, with bright brass and energetic strings in upfront perspective against a resonant acoustic ... Lawrence Power as viola soloist ... responds generously to the passages of hushed intenstity in the Choral varié' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Scintillance and flair... enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Here's another rewarding d'Indy anthology courtesy of Hyperion, which finds Thierry Fischer obtaining commendably spruce and bright-eyed results from his BBC Welsh forces. The lengthiest (and earliest) offering here is Wallenstein. Begun in 1870 but not completed until 1881, it's a highly ambitious 37-minute trilogy based on Schiller's eponymous drama and reveals the budding composer as an unabashed acolyte of Liszt and Wagner. Fortunately the melodic invention (and its cyclical deployment) is as striking as it is satisfying (even on a first hearing the tunes stick in the memory), as is the ripe, unclotted orchestration - d'Indy clearly knew his Tristan, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung inside out.

The 1884 tone-poem Saugefleurie distils a most touching, fairy-tale charm (the music depicting the royal hunt readily calls to mind Franck's Le chasseur maudit of two years earlier), and once again d'Indy handles his outsize orchestral forces with conspicuous skill. Both the Op 19 Lied (written in the same year as Saugefleurie) and 1903 Choral varié prove very fetching discoveries, especially when Lawrence Power plays with selfless dedication, sense of poetry and lustrous tone.

A toothsome and notably enterprising collection, this, with splendidly ample and atmospheric sound to match.



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Works Details

>D'Indy, Vincent : Wallenstein, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (02/20/2008-02/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>D'Indy, Vincent : Choral varié, Op. 55
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (02/20/2008-02/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>D'Indy, Vincent : Saugefleurie, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (02/20/2008-02/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>D'Indy, Vincent : Lied, Op. 19
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (02/20/2008-02/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1884