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Vincent d'Indy: Orchestral Works, Volume 2: Symphony No. 2 in B flat, Op. 57 / Tableaux de voyage, Op. 36 / Karadec, Op. 34 CD

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Genre: Classical Music
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Release Date: 28-APR-2009

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Paris-born Vincent d'Indy (a pupil of César Franck) is enjoying a remarkable renaissance on disc. This new disc from Rumon Gamba should win new admirers to the cause. These charming performances are beguiling, the sound unfailingly warm. I don't think d'Indy will ever be a repertoire staple but he certainly deserves further exploration and I look forward to Gamba's continuing guidance. -- Gramophone, June 2009

Chandos's engineers learned nothing from the dull, distant sonics of Volume 1 (see Fanfare 32:2), and this second album of d'Indy's orchestral works is more of the shadowy same. Gamba, as before, has d'Indy much at heart. The Icelanders are valiant but thin. And the upshot is rather less than satisfactory, especially for anyone who has lived with competing versions of these pieces. The Symphony, for instance, trails a classic, incisive 1942 first-recorded performance by the San Francisco Symphony led by Pierre Monteux (now available separately rather than as part of an expensive set, RCA Gold Seal 618880), and more expansive yet quite passable tilts by Plasson and the Toulouse band (EMI 63952, from 1982), and James DePreist leading the Monte Carlo Phil (nla Koch International 3-7280-2 H1, Fanfare 19:2).

D'Indy was embarrassed by his theater scores, of which that for Arsène Alexandre's Karadec is perhaps the best, describing them to Ropartz as "du toc"--brummagem. Curiously, Karadec has not lacked for recorded performances, beginning with Jean-François Paillard's 1981 LP account (Erato STU 71423), whose crisp delivery makes it seem almost important while maintaining a keen edge over later comers--Gilles Nopre with the Württemberg Phil (marco polo 8.223654, Fanfare 18:1), Douglas Bostock and the Bohemian Chamber Phil (Classico 168, Fanfare 21:3). The present reading is no more than workmanlike. D'Indy, by the way, would have been mortified had anyone pointed out to him that the theme of the slinky march opening Karadec--perhaps the closest he came to catchiness--is note-for-note the same as the grandiose peroration of his master Franck's oratorio, Les béatitudes.

The six Tableaux de voyage, orchestrated from a youthful set of 13 piano pieces, are, likewise, small beer but heard to better advantage chez Pierre Dervaux and the Loire Phil (EMI 74136). Andrew Thomson, who has written a biography of d'Indy, provides liner copy long on musicology and short on interest. Chandos's d'Indy revival has, so far, been short-winded--a genuine resurrection might begin with an optimum performance of his most viable opera, L'étranger. -- Fanfare, Adrian Corleonis, Jan-Feb 2010

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tableaux de voyage for orchestra, Op. 36: 2. En marche. Joyeusement - Un peu plus lent - Plus lent et toujours ralenti - 1er Mouvemen
  2. Tableaux de voyage for orchestra, Op. 36: 3. Le Glas. Lent
  3. Tableaux de voyage for orchestra, Op. 36: 4. Lac Vert. Tranquillement
  4. Tableaux de voyage for orchestra, Op. 36: 5. La Poste. Assez vite
  5. Tableaux de voyage for orchestra, Op. 36: 6. Rêve. Assez lent - Vite - 1er Mouvement (très lent) - Plus vite (Mouvement du: Lac Vert)


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Iceland Symphony
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Composer: Vincent d'Indy
  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B001U4XZTS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2009
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If I've ever owned a recording of an orchestral work by Vincent D'Indy I don't recall it. Nor do I remember ever hearing anything of his in the concert hall. I've heard a recording of his 'Symphony on a French Mountain Air', of course, and vaguely recall hearing something from his opera 'Fervaal', but that's about it. I knew of him primarily as co-founder of the Paris Schola Cantorum and as a guardian (and teacher) of conservative compositional techniques, stemming from his study with Franck and his admiration of Wagner. I was not, therefore, prepared to be particularly impressed by anything of his. But this recording of three of his works -- the Second Symphony, 'Tableaux de voyage' suite, and 'Karadec' -- has shown me that he was indeed an interesting and engaging composer.

Dedicated to D'Indy's friend, Paul Dukas, the Second Symphony, in the usual four movements, is an example of the cyclic form of composition propounded by Franck. It is based largely on two themes that we hear early in the first movement. It begins mysteriously and with a slightly menacing tone but evolves into a second movement that is in song form and contains a lovely melody sung in turn by viola, cor anglais, horn and clarinet. The third movement is an intermezzo that is lighter than anything previously. It starts with a melancholy folklike melody that is eventually transformed into a tipsy dance. The finale, early on, has a fugal treatment of one of the two main themes followed by a transformation of the other theme into a boisterous 5/4 section. The work concludes with a majestic chorale based on the more diatonic of the two themes, a triumphant conclusion to an immensely satisfying work.
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I am happy about this project from CHANDOS, since there are so few recordings of most of these works. However, don't forget that there are excellent recordings of d'Indy's orchestral music on French EMI, from the 70s and 80s, 4 CDs with French orchestras and conductors, some of them well known. The CHANDOS series has even better sound, but the interpretations could have more charisma and I enjoy the French recordings more.D'Indy: Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français, Symphony no. 2 CHANDOS, on the other hand include additional works, although they aren't always the most inspired.
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