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Chausson: Symphony in Bb, etc / Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic

Album Summary

>Chausson, Ernest : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20
>Chausson, Ernest : Viviane, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 5
>Chausson, Ernest : Soir de fete, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 32
>Chausson, Ernest : La tempete, incidental music for solo voices & small orchestra, Op. 18
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...Yan Pascal Tortelier's performance with the BBC Symphony [of Viviane is] hands down the most stunningly effective account of this thriller ever committed to discs. And the collector, who will long have known the classic readings of the Symphony by Ansermet, Munch, Paray, and Monteux, will still find things to admire in Tortelier's reading - captured with spectacular color, impact, and spacious transparency. It may not be premature to cite this as an indespensable classic" -Fanfare

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
There are at least two misconceptions to put right about Franck's arguably most gifted pupil.

The first, which this disc dispels admirably, is that the majority of Chausson's music, in the manner of his Poème, is endlessly melancholic or elegiac. The second, which the disc doesn't dispel quite so well, is that in his orchestral writing never managed to free itself from Wagner's embrace. Never entirely perhaps, but by the time the 43-year-old composer came to write his last orchestral piece, the nocturnal Soir de fête included here, his escape from Wagner was well under way, and who knows where it might have led, had it not been for his tragically early death the following year? The outer sections of Soir defête have something about them of 'the vibrating, dancing rhythms of the atmosphere' of Debussy's later Fêtes. The programme as a whole, the overall richness of the orchestral process - whether Wagnerian, Franckian, Straussian or Chaussonian - is well served by the full-bodied sound of Tortelier's BBC Philharmonic.

The Symphony, like Franck's, is cyclical, but not otherwise as indebted to the older composer as is often suggested.

There are none of Franck's organ-loft sonorities anywhere in this wonderfully variegated, open-air orchestration. This is the finest modern recording of the Symphony now available. Each movement is superbly built, and Chandos's recording is truly impressive although in the excerpts from Chausson's incidental music for The Tempest, the sound is perhaps a little bulky.

Penguin Guide
While vintage versions retain a unique magic, this modern performance more than holds its own. Moreoever, it comes with some excellent rare orchestral works.



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Works Details

>Chausson, Ernest : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (09/10/1997-09/11/1997)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1889-1890

>Chausson, Ernest : Viviane, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 5
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (09/10/1997-09/11/1997)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1882-1887

>Chausson, Ernest : Soir de fête, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 32
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (09/10/1997-09/11/1997)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Chausson, Ernest : La tempête, incidental music for solo voices & small orchestra, Op. 18
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (09/10/1997-09/11/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888