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Chausson: Symphony in B-Flat, Op. 20 / Ibert: Escales, Divertissement

Jacques Ibert , Ernest Chausson , Eduardo Mata , Dallas Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Composer: Jacques Ibert, Ernest Chausson
  • Audio CD (June 28, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000001Q9T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sym In B-Flat, Op.20: Lento; Allegro vivo
2. Sym In B-Flat, Op.20: Tres lent; Un peu plus vite
3. Sym In B-Flat, Op.20: Anime; tres anime
4. Escales: Palermo: Calme
5. Escales: Tunis: Modere tres rythme
6. Escales: Valencia: Anime
7. Divertissement: Intro: Allegro vivo
8. Divertissement: Cortege: Moderato molto
9. Divertissement: Nocturne: Lento
10. Divertissement: Valse: Animato assai
11. Divertissement: Parade: Tempo di marcia
12. Divertissement: Finale: Quasi cadenza

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Chausson : Symphonie en si bémol, op.20 - Ibert : Escales - Divertissements / Dallas Symphony Orchestra, dir. Eduardo Mata

Ibert's sunny musical travelogue receives one of its finest performances on this sparklingly played and flawlessly recorded disc. Eduardo Mata always had a special affinity for French music, and this performance is one of his very best. The wacky Divertissement derives from stage music, and it includes some very funny references to Mendelssohn's Wedding March and what sounds a lot like a football fight song (complete with referee whistles). Chausson's only Symphony is another matter entirely, the logical successor to Franck's famously serious Symphony in D minor. It's a measure of Mata's range as a conductor that he does so well with music of such differing character. --David Hurwitz

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy package of French titles July 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this to broaden my experience with the late Eduardo Mata (born September 5, 1942; died January 4, 1995) who made something of himself in music like this. My first exposure to Mata and his Dallas Symphony Orchestra was in Prokofiev's "Love for Three Oranges" and "Lt. Kije" suites on an RCA CD no longer available.

That CD was the best recording I've ever heard of "Lt. Kije", surpassing big name conductors including Szell, Abbado and Ormandy. Mata's heart on sleeve out front approach worked well in those 20th century masterworks. I wondered how he would do in French music of a similar era.

This was my first exposure to the Chausson Symphony in B flat, making comparison impossible. The symphony is clearly a follower of the Franck D Minor Symphony, employing a notable passage in its second movement (Tres lent; Un eu plus vite) borrowed from the theme that closes the Franck first movement. Like the Franck symphony, this one is also cyclical, closing on its opening theme.

The symphony is optimistic in its opening movement and shows passion in rising chords in it second movement, closing with drama and still more passion. I wasn't quite expecting this from a symphony published in 1890, which makes it parallel to Bruckner and Mahler. Mata and his Dallas forces do well with the high passion in the music and play with much vitruosity.

In "Escales" Mata goes into compettion with the recording industry's greatest French conductors. His approach includes Mediterranean swagger, concert music and mysticism. The timpani play a major role in the larger moments, especially during the Palermo and Valencia sequences.
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