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Albert Roussel: Complete Symphonies / Marek Janowski, French Radio PO

Audio Samples

>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 1 in D minor ("Le poème de la forêt"), Op. 7
>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 3 in G minor, Op. 42
>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 23
>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 53

Album Summary

>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 1 in D minor ("Le poème de la forêt"), Op. 7
>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 3 in G minor, Op. 42
>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 23
>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 53
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

France's symphonic tradition may not compare in number to Germany's, but it has produced its fair share of impressive works. And while less famous than some of his countrymen, late starter Albert Roussel was an important and compelling composer whose works deftly blended Classical structures with a decidedly 20th-century sensibility. This recording traces the entire development of his symphonic style with assured played by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Marek Janowski.

Gramophone Magazine
It is Janowski's exquisite nuancing of melody (timing as well as shaping) that catches the ear as often as the correctly achieved balances, the purity of tone and the general limpidity of the sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Olivier Messiaen, Radio France, Paris, France.



Reviews

Master Symphonist
Collectors have come to expect topnotch results from conductor, Marek Janowski. This set of the four symphonies by Albert Roussel clearly embodies the conductor’s ethos: thoughtful, unhysterical music making. There is great care exercised regarding tempo
relationships, dynamics and most saliently, clarifying complex textures. To be sure, there may be more hard driven accounts of these works, especially #3 and #4, but none more logically worked out. Throughout, the O.P. de Radio France is responsive to Janowski’s ideas. Originally recorded by RCA in 1996, the set is excellently engineered. Packaging and liner notes cannot be faulted.


Submitted on 06/17/13 by conway 
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Works Details

>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 1 in D minor ("Le poème de la forêt"), Op. 7
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Salle Olivier Messiaen, Radio France, Paris, France (12/13/1994-12/14/1994)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906

>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 3 in G minor, Op. 42
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Notes: Salle Olivier Messiaen, Radio France, Paris, France (09/14/1994-09/15/1994)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 23
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Notes: Salle Olivier Messiaen, Radio France, Paris, France (12/13/1994-12/14/1994)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1921

>Roussel, Albert : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 53
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Notes: Salle Olivier Messiaen, Radio France, Paris, France (09/14/1994-09/16/1994)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934