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Symphonic Variations

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The D'Indy "Symphony" (really a piano concerto in all but name) used to be an extremely popular piece, but it seems to have disappeared entirely from concert programs. A couple of years ago, I talked a community orchestra into agreeing to play it, and we found a pianist--a hot-shot virtuoso, who agreed to do it as a "favor" since he would have preferred a "real concerto." Well, he waited until just before the concert before looking at the score, only to discover that he couldn't learn the music in time! We did find a substitute, but the point is that this is a more technically challenging (and musically rewarding) work than many more famous pieces, so if you like piano concertos, you'll want both this piece, as well as this smashing, budget-priced recording of it. --David Hurwitz


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Symphonic Variations, M. 46: Symphonic VariationsAntonio de Almeida15:15Album Only
  2. Ballade in F sharp major, Op. 19Antonio de Almeida13:43Album Only
  3. Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais, Op. 25, "Symphonie cevenole": I. Assez lent - Moderement animeFrancois-Joel Thiollier11:44Album Only
  4. Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais, Op. 25, "Symphonie cevenole": II. Assez modere, mais sans lenteurAntonio de Almeida 6:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais, Op. 25, "Symphonie cevenole": III. AnimeFrancois-Joel Thiollier 7:46$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Gabriel Faure, Cesar Franck, Antonio de Almeida
  • Audio CD (October 4, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013XT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Grasso on August 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a stunning disc. If you enjoy 19th century French music at all, and don't know these works, you have no excuse. Especially when the music comes at super budget price from a respected label like Naxos. Okay, the Penguin guide is a little dismissive of this disc, saying that Francois-Joel Thiollier isn't as competitive as the big names. Rubbish. He's a fantastic pianist who gives color to any piece he plays, as his recordings of the Ravel concertos and de Falla's Nights in the Gardens on Spain can attest (also on Naxos). The ever-reliable National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland is completely first rate, and the sound is one of Naxos' best. You simply cannot be disappointed by the performances of these works, and though there may well be better versions out there, where can you find all these works on one disc? And they go together so beautifully...

Shamefully, it took me well over 10 years to discover the sheer beauty that is Franck's Symphonic Variations. It's one of the most concise and dramatic works of the century, particularly in a period that was known for its verbosity. It's every bit as passionate as his famous D minor symphony, but unlike that magnificent work, it has dashes of humor and playfulness. The surprise in this program is Faure's Ballade, a gently unfolding piece that reveals its charms slowly, over a few listens. But it's quite dramatic in its way, with a broad, sensuous melody that becomes very compelling. I've heard the solo version of the Ballade, and I think the orchestration, though subtle, adds just the right amount of color and atmosphere. And then there's the show stopper by D'Indy, Symphony on a French Mountain Air, which is right up there with de Falla's famous concertante work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane B on November 13, 2012
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D'Indy's Symphonie on a French Mountain Air has been a favorite of mine for many years and I was very pleased to see it offered for my Kindle Fire HD.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2000
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This disc is a good choice if you do not want to buy a $15+ CD featuring these works. The symphonic variations and the ballade, especially, are worth having in your collection. Good playing. 'Nuff said.
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