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Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Etc / Lopez-cobos, Et Al


Release Date: 11/23/1999 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80515   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the least prolific of composers, Paul Dukas wrote one work that brought him lasting fame: 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' thanks to Mickey Mouse's star turn in FANTASIA in addition to the work's own pictorial merits. Beyond this orchestral showpiece, the few works that the highly self-critical Dukas allowed to see the light of day (he destroyed many more) are all colorful and brilliantly crafted, deserving the attention of anyone with a taste for Dukas' impressionist contemporaries.
This disc puts 'Sorcerer' in the context of Dukas' other major orchestral scores. The warhorse itself gets a spirited romp, with Jesús López-Cobos and the Cincinnati Symphony finding just the right "Once upon a time..." atmosphere for the opening. The
Read more other works fare well too. 'La Péri' is a lush, glittering ballet score that bears comparison to Debussy's 'Jeux' for refinement of timbre and to Ravel's 'Daphnis et Chloé' for sensuous abandon. The earlier Symphony in C is more in the classical tradition, sometimes reminiscent of César Franck's essay in that form, and boasting a singularly lovely central Andante between its exuberant outer movements. The performances throughout are sensitive to the originality of Dukas' orchestrations and to the sheer verve of his inspiration.
REVIEWS:
Fanfare (1-2/00, p.242) - "...spectacular...sonics capturing the Cincinnati band at the top of its bent rate a qualified recommendation. And Michael Murray's informed, superb liner copy adds a final amenity." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2. Symphony in C major by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; France 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 30 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3. La péri by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 19 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4. La péri: Fanfare by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; France 

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