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Roussel: Symphony No. 1 / Résurrection - Symphonic Prelude / Le marchand de sable qui passe


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Stephane Deneve' accounts of Roussel' symphonies have been praised for their 'energy, enthusiasm, and panache' and 'electrifying...ravishing...breathtaking' . Resurrection, Roussel' first orchestral work, is a delicate and mysterious piece inspired by

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Stéphane Denève's Roussel cycle is shaping up to be the finest available--not that there's a lot of compelling competition. All of the symphonies are shockingly neglected, but the First might be the least-familiar of them all, God only knows why. It's a gorgeous, impressionistic piece with evocative titles (Forest in Winter, Renewal, Summer evening, Fauns and Dryads) and shimmering, atmospheric music that lives up to its expectations. Denève leads a thoroughly committed, even inspired performance, sensitive to Roussel's detailed scoring but also fluent, lively, and attentive to each movement's symphonic architecture. It's a wonderful performance, excellently played and recorded. There's very little "minor" Roussel. Even his short works have a certain seriousness and substance. This is certainly true of Résurrection, a symphonic prelude after Tolstoy, while the four-movement suite from Le marchand de sable qui passe reveals Roussel's expert scoring for small ensemble (flute, horn, clarinet, harp, and strings). Really this is an essential acquisition for anyone who loves French music and the late Romantic school in general. Don't pass it up. -- Classics Today, David Hurwitz, January 2010

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret": I. Foret d'hiverRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 5:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret": II. RenouveauRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 7:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret": III. Soir d'eteRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 8:29Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret": IV. Faunes et dryadesRoyal Scottish National Orchestra14:20Album Only
listen  5. Resurrection, Op. 4Royal Scottish National Orchestra10:34Album Only
listen  6. Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13: PreludeRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 4:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13: Scene 2Royal Scottish National Orchestra 3:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13: Interlude - Scene 4Royal Scottish National Orchestra 4:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13: Final SceneRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 5:11$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Composer: Albert Roussel
  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B002QEXBVS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Walz on November 27, 2009
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With Naxos, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and conductor Stephane Deneve's third disc of Albert Roussel's (1869-1937) orchestral music, we have another resounding winner. The sound, performances, and conducting are all superb. The sense of commitment, passion yet refinement, and atmosphere combined with precision is everywhere apparent.

With at least two more CDs of orchestral Roussel recorded and planned for release, this series looks set to become the most thoroughly recommendable set of Roussel's orchestral works. Hopefully Naxos and Deneve will continue with the music for chorus and orchestra, like Aeneas, Psalm 80, and Evocations, as well as with the piano concerto and cello concertino. Even his few operas, such as Padmavati, should not be out of the question, as Deneve conducts opera as well.

Roussel was the most important French symphonic composer of the interwar years, and his orchestral works deserve far more exposure on concert programs than they have received, at least outside of the French-speaking parts of Europe.

On recordings at least, Deneve and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have become his preeminent exponents, not withstanding Christoph Eschenbach's recent releases of the four symphonies on the Ondine label. Andre Cluytens's recordings (from decades ago) of many of the orchestral works will always be worth listening to, as will Ernest Ansermet's pioneering ones. Jean Martinon (Sym. No. 2), Charles Munch (Sym. Nos. 3 and 4), and Pierre Dervaux (Sym. No. 2) are also part of the indispensable pantheon. Charles Dutoit's and Marek Janowski's more recent recordings of the four symphonies are more than serviceable.
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As other reviewers have noted on Amazon and elsewhere, this recording series from Naxos is a real winner, sonically, musically.

Unlikely, this success, just at a glance. Yet? If any living French conductor should be a forceful Roussel advocate, why not younger Stephane Deneve? Oh wait. Our band is the Royal Scottish National Orchestra? Not exactly noted as one of the leading bands with a vital French musical tradition. If Sir Alexander Gibson laid strong foundations for the band's growth and excellence, surely Jarvi and other conductors have been able to build to fine musical effect. Still, this Roussel series is a bit of a surprise, showing how open the band's technical-musical excellence is to being lit up, from inside, by music of Roussel's refinement, strength, and challenge. Truly, so far in this Roussel series, the RSNO seems musically energized and deftly imbued with Stephane Deneve's brilliant leadership.

I'm still getting to know Roussel, so I find his harmony and style difficult to pigeonhole or characterize in musical history contexts. He's clearly indebted to French classical music generally. His orchestral sound is consistent with Les Six, yet somehow reaches far beyond them. He has a sense of line, edge, and tonal color that connotes Debussy and Ravel without really sounding all that much like either more famous composer. His sense of melody and harmony are just a tad quirky. New listeners are not going to leave the concert hall or this disc, humming Roussel melodies like Puccini. Roussel writes music that generates atmosphere above all, just clouds and wafts and surges and storms of atmosphere, actually.
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By T. A. Ernst on March 5, 2015
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I will not attempt to be as comprehensive as the two expert, earlier reviews, but I want to add my vote of strong approval for this enjoyable disc. The music is lush and shimmering, the performance spiritually involved and technically masterful, and the recording transparent and dynamic. I am not particularly fond of some other Roussel music, but I really like this beautiful stuff.
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