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listen  1. Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 : I. Allegro vivace 5:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 : II. Adagio10:21Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 : III. Vivace 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 : IV. Allegro con spirito 6:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Prelude 1:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Jeux des ephebes et des vierges (Game of the young men and maidens) 2:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Danse du labyrinthe (Dance of the Labyrinth) 3:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Bacchus apparait deguise (Bacchus appears, disguised) 1:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Il fait tournoyer au-dessus d'elle son manteau noir (He whirls his black mantle over her)0:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Thesee et ses compagnons se precipitent sur Bacchus (Theseus and his companions rush upon Bacchus)0:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Les nuages s'accumulent dans le ciel (The clouds gather) 1:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Les nuages se dissipent, le soleil reparait (The clouds disperse, the sun re-appears)0:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Danse de Bacchus (Dance of Bacchus) 1:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Ariane, toujours endormie, prend part a la danse avec Bacchus (Ariadne, still asleep, dances with Bacchus) 2:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Bacchus depose Ariane sur le rocher (Bacchus sets Ariadne down on the rock) 1:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Prelude - Le sommeil d'Ariane (Ariadne's sleep) 2:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Reveil d'Ariane (Ariadne's Awakening) 1:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Elle tombe dans les bras de Bacchus qui a surgi derriere la crete du roc (She falls into the arms of Bacchus, who has appeared suddenly behind the summit) 1:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Bacchus danse seul (Bacchus dances alone) 1:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Le baiser (The kiss) 1:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: L'enchantement dionysiaque (The Dionysian spell) 1:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Le thiase defile (The Bacchic procession of revellers forms)0:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Danse d'Ariane (Dance of Ariadne) 3:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Danse d'Ariane et Bacchus (Dance of Ariadne and Bacchus) 1:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Bacchanale 3:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Le couronnement d'Ariane (The coronation of Ariadne)0:49$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000OQDRXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Roussel' two most successful works, the ballet Bacchus et Ariane and Symphony No. 3 demonstrate his mature, neo-classical idiom. The Third Symphony, one of a number of workscommissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for its fiftieth anniversary season,

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"10/10" & "What makes the performance so special is that all this excitement never compromises precision of execution, or sparkle and lightness of touch that we have come to regard as quintessentially French." -- ClassicsToday.com, David Hurwitz

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The symphony is rich with melodies painted on a backdrop of some of the more original and unique percussive writing in the literature.
Grady Harp
It is unconscionable that the symphonic works of the French composers Alberic Magnard and Albert Roussel have been so neglected on disc and in the concert hall!
Robin Dalziell
Yet Deneve gives plenty of expressive shaping (including great flexibility of tempo) and reveals oases of calm in the midst of turmoil and relentless motion.
M. De Sapio

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robin Dalziell on June 30, 2007
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It is unconscionable that the symphonic works of the French composers Alberic Magnard and Albert Roussel have been so neglected on disc and in the concert hall!
This performance on the super budget Naxos label may, hopefully, bring to a wider audience the wonders of Roussel's music. And, let me say right away, vies with the best in sound and exceeds all in interpretation!
The only performances that come close to the third symphony on this disc are Berstein's and Cluytens'.
Roussel's 3rd can be described as neo-classical with a 'French flavour' and is eminently approachable. The slow music hints at the 'nature' music so well known in Debussy and and the fast outer movements have a rhythm and energy that Stravinsky would have been proud of. Both the vigour and harmony throughout this work is compelling! That Martinu was one of his students is obvious.
The rest of the programme is taken up by the most sensitive and inspiring account of Roussel's most well known work - Bacchus et Ariane - even when compared with the excellent version by Tortelier on Chandos.
Deneve's accounts of both works cries out to heard by anyone interested in great music, particularly of the first half of the twentieth century!
I can hardly wait for the other three symphonies!
Do yourself a big favour and have a listen. Rewards are waiting in abundance!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2007
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After many years of neglect by the record companies, Albert Roussel's orchestral music seems to be coming into its own. There are currently excellent low-price recordings of the Third Symphony -- his most popular; the one commissioned in 1930 for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony, along with Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms -- by such artists as Cluytens/Colonne onEMI, Dutoit/Orchestre National de France on Apex/Warner, and Järvi/Detroit on Chandos Classics. His 'Bacchus et Ariane' ballet is slightly less well-represented, especially the complete score (arranged by Roussel into two suites that are simply Acts I & II), but there are competing versions by Järvi/Detroit and Yan Pascal Tortelier/BBC Philharmonic. What's more, most of these competing versions are also offered at budget price. So what's a person to do?

Well, as much as I like this new version by Stéphane Denève and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, I must cast my vote for the EMI which only costs a couple of dollars more for 2 CDs containing the Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4, as well as one of the Bacchus Suites, the Festin de l'Araignée, and the Sinfonietta. Granted, they are older recordings but they have been very nicely remastered and sound terrific. Further, the French orchestras led by Cluytens, Prêtre and Dervaux play gorgeously throughout. I imagine that Denève and RSNO (of which he has been the music director for a couple of years now) will record more of Roussel's orchestral output but the cash outlay will be significantly more for the amount of music presented. And as far as that's concerned, I thought the sound on this new recording was just a little cloudy and with the brass sometimes drowning the strings.

Scott Morrison
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2008
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How often are we given the opportunity to revel in Roussel? Too infrequently, we are reminded, until a concert of well known French music played with élan happens to feature a work such as Albert Roussel's Symphony No. 3 nested among the well known favorites such as Ravel's 'Le Tombeau de Couperin' and 'La Valse' and Poulenc's 'Concerto for 2 Pianos'. Such was the case at a recent Los Angeles Philharmonic concert, one that the conductor of this excellent recording was scheduled to conduct but defaulted to the orchestra's superb assistant conductor Daniel Bringuier. Hearing the Roussel live is as refreshing as discovering something new, and yet here is a recording to savor that is as fine as any of this work available.

Stéphane Denève knows his way around and through this brief (25 minute) symphony and is able to capitalize on all the creative aspects of the work while knitting it together in a way that eludes many conductors. The symphony is rich with melodies painted on a backdrop of some of the more original and unique percussive writing in the literature. While the spirit of the work is exhilarating, listening repeatedly to the way Denève keeps the textures clear reminds us of just how fine (and how very French!) is this 20th century masterpiece. This is a symphony AND a performance to cherish.

Denève also manages to make the better known ballet score 'Bacchus et Ariane' sound both grand and eloquent. And while his Royal Scottish National Orchestra may not be the richest sounding ensemble, it is very responsive to Denève dissection of the score. In all this is a recording very much deserving to be a part of every music lover's library - especially those who have neglected the always surprising pleasures of the music of Albert Roussel! Grady Harp, March 08
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. De Sapio on August 31, 2007
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The mature music of Albert Roussel (1869-1937) represents a high water mark of early 20th-century French neoclassicsm. Roussel's symphonies are crystaline compositions of great integrity combining clarity, grace and logic in a synthesis of counterpoint, impressionistic colorism, and potent rhythms and dissonance. Until very recently, listeners wanting newer recordings of these works had few truly good options to choose from: a version of the Third and Fourth on Chandos with Neeme Jaervi is deeply inadequate, while the complete symphonies with Charles Dutoit does not appear to have garnered a lot of favor. But just in time for the seventieth anniversary of Roussel's death, a group of recent recordings has given Roussel-lovers cause to rejoice: Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris have given us recordings of the First, Second, and Fourth, and now we have this terrific new version of the Third on Naxos.

This recording has received several enthusiastic reviews, including one in Gramophone magazine. In Stephane Deneve the Royal Scottish Orchestra has a leader that obviously understands the French idiom, and leads a performance of the Third Symphony that is attentive to all the expressive requirements of the work. The pounding opening is attacked with vigor, the rhythms are sharply etched, and the dissonant outbursts that interrupt at various points in that movement are delightfully shocking. Yet Deneve gives plenty of expressive shaping (including great flexibility of tempo) and reveals oases of calm in the midst of turmoil and relentless motion. The Third has at its center a superbly conceived slow movement, a serene panorama constructed in a perfect arc.
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