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Symphony in B Flat Major / Poeme / Viviane

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listen  1. Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20: I. Lent - Allegro vivo - Allegro molto - Plus lent - Allegro scherzando - Moins vite - Allegro molto - Allegro vivo - Allegro molto - PrestoJerome Kaltenbach12:47Album Only
listen  2. Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20: II. Tres lent - Un peu plus vite - (Tempo I)Jerome Kaltenbach 9:21Album Only
listen  3. Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20: III. Anime - Tres anime - Encore plus anime - Tres anime - Grave - Modere - LargementJerome Kaltenbach12:16Album Only
listen  4. Poeme, Op. 25 +: I. Lento e misterioso - Cadenza - Animato - Poco lento - Allegro - TranquilloLaurent Korcia16:32Album Only
listen  5. Viviane, Op. 5: I. Andante - Allegro - Lent - AndanteJerome Kaltenbach11:41Album Only

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  • Audio CD (May 12, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000060CI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Ernest Chausson's symphony is, like Paul Dukas's, perhaps, one of those works that still retain a well-deserved place at the fringes of the repertoire. It is perhaps not quite as good as Franck's, nor quite as striking as his own masterpiece Poème de l'amour et de la mer, but still a thoroughly impressive and memorable work. The style is late romantic and not at all impressionistic, but displays some of the same fascination with colors as the latter with subtle shifts from lights to half-lights and flickering shadows. Franck's music is certainly all over the place in the symphony (including cyclic treatment of the themes), and there are strong reminiscences of d'Indy, both in the formal arguments and in the harmonies, but Chausson's work couldn't really be mistaken for either.

Cast in three movements, the brooding opening of the first gives way to a solemn theme and builds up to a darkly sorrowful climax and a quite marvelous transformation into a light Allegro vivo. The second subject is more relaxed but harmonically inventive, and - rather abruptly - turns to anguish, back to the Allegro vivo theme and a majestic close. The second movement is beautifully songful, built around two subjects, a darkly pensive one and a more light-hearted second subject. The third movement is perhaps the finest; a rondo with an epilogue, starting out with high drama (inventively scored), contrasted with a chorale and building to a marvelous close drawing on thematic fragments frm the first movement.

Poeme is of course Chausson's most famous work; it is inferior to the symphony but does at least contain strikingly memorable themes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Rockwell on January 26, 2008
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Chausson's symphony arrived at the time when French or at least Parisian audiences were beginning to support and enjoy what would become a French symphonic tradition.
With an orchestra requiring in addition to strings, triple woodwinds, four horns, trombones, trumpets timpani, percussion and two harps. The symphony is one of deep contrasts between moments of dramatic intensity and moments of tranquil calmness both of which are quite beautiful.
Chausson's interest in literature is demonstrated in the Poem for violin and orchestra and Viviane a symphonic poem based on a legend of the round table. The Poem is not a concerto which Ysaye the person who premiered the work originally wanted but 16 minutes of dreamy tenderness in which Debussy found moments of originality. I have not heard any other version but I cannot imagine that the French orchestra and Laurent Korcia could be bettered.
The Viviane was Chasson's first orchestral work but is interesting when Viviane's uses of magic against Merlin and it's evocation of the forest.
As usual Naxos notes are quite helpful in explaining these works.
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