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Roussel: Symphony No 3, Le Festin De L'Araignee / Eschenbach, Orchestre De Paris


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1107   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Third Symphony was...favoured by Karajan in the 1950s. It was the product of a composer in his sixties writing in his Normandy home at Vasterival. It was premiered by the Boston SO and Koussevitsky on 24 October 1930. The thud and thunder of the first movement contrasts with the pastoral melancholy meditation of the Adagio. This is followed by the fairground pleasantrie of the Vivace and the massive fountains of exultation of the last movement. No wonder the audience - whose applause forms part of the track - greeted this performance with such warmth.

Le Festin is here given complete across 21 tracks. You are likely to enjoy this music - if you do already know it - if you already number Ravel's Ma Mère l'Oye and
Read more Debussy's Prélude a l'après midi d'un faune among your favourites. It has the magical elegance of the Ravel and the sultriness of the Debussy. Add to this the motorised thunder of Roussel's last two symphonies. It is superbly recorded - listen to the whispering distant gold of the violins in The Ants Dance in a Circle (tr. 16). The instrumental howls in the Funeral of the Gadfly (tr. 24) are memorable. Also in the same movement how similar some of the writing is to Ravel's dawn rustlings in Rapsodie espagnole. Those gentle rustles from the tam-tam suggest Ma Mère l'Oye. Eschenbach heartbreakingly captures the valedictory melancholy of Night falling on the deserted garden but brings out the solace too. This makes for an easy full price choice - poetically done in every aspect.

– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

The liner notes for this release make the argument that French modernist Albert Roussel was the greatest composer of his time. It is an argument Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris do much to advance in these live performances. Coupling Le Festin de l'araignée from 1912 and the Symphony No. 3 from 1930, Eschenbach and the Parisian orchestra give Roussel's music the kind of clear-eyed, strong-willed performances that make the most of the composer's best features. Though distinctly of its prewar time, Le Festin de l'araignée nevertheless sounds brightly colorful, lightly ironic, and surprisingly inventive in this smoothly polished and vigorously rhythmic performance. The postwar Third Symphony sounds both of and above its time here, its angular themes, gleaming colors, and muscular rhythms brilliantly brought out by the German conductor and the French orchestra. If Eschenbach and the Parisian musicians' racing finale for the symphony, with its relentless polyrhythms, doesn't get your heart pumping, consult a doctor immediately. Recorded in vibrant live sound complete with appreciative applause, these performances may well convince the listener that Roussel is indeed underrated.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le festin de l'araignée, Op. 17 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Length: 33 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 3 in G minor, Op. 42 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
Venue:  Live  Live 
Length: 26 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42: I. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42: III. Vivace
Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42: IV. Allegro con spirito
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Prelude
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: A garden. - Sitting in her web, a spider surveys the surroundings
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Entry of the ants. - They find a rose petal. - With great effort they lift
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Left alone, the spider daydreams and watches the landscape. - She checks the strength of her thread.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Entry of the dung beetles.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Dance of the butterfly. - The spider invites the butterfly to dance closer to her web. - The butterfly is caught in the web and struggles.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: The spider rejoices. - She frees the butterfly from her web and takes it to her larder.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: The spider dances. - Suddenly fruits come crashing down from a tree.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Fruit worms enter and prepare to revel in the fallen fruits.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Warlike entry of two praying mantises who lift their frightening blades and forbid anyone to approach.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: The ants dance in a circle. - The two mantises blame each other for the trick which was played upon them.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: The mantises challenge each other to a duel. - They fight. - The spider dances in order to make the mantises more excited.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: A mayfly hatches.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: He dances.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: The mayfly stops, exhausted. - The ants, the spider and finally the dung beetles pay their respects.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: The mayfly and the fruit worms dance.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: The mayfly dies.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: The spider prepares to begin her feast, but one of the mantises, freed by the dung beetles from the web, slips behind the spider and kills her.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Death throes of the spider
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Funeral of the mayfly. - The funeral cortege sets off and vanishes into the distance.
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17: Night falls on the deserted garden.

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