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Roussel: Bacchus Et Ariane, Symphony No 3 / Denève, Royal Scottish NO


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570245   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This disc recalls the heady days of Munch and Bernstein in this music. Stéphane Denève, music director of the RSNO since 2005, plays Roussel's music to the manner born (he was, of course, but you never know--remember Prêtre?). The first movement of the Third Symphony revels in its unbridled rhythmic thrust, while Denève wrings every drop of bittersweet poignancy from the slow movement, capping it off with the most intense and powerful climax you will ever hope to hear. The remainder of the symphony, ebullient and sparkling, with the finale emerging seamlessly from the quiet ending of the scherzo, caps a performance that's just about perfect.

Bacchus et
Read more Ariane--the two suites presented here constitute the entire ballet--has just as much fervor and brilliance. From the opening bars the orchestra plays like a pack of demons, and this makes the more melting and lyrical bits all the more moving. The opening of the Second Suite has that same feeling of deep nostalgia as does the slow movement of the symphony, and in the final Bacchanal Denève whips up an orchestral fury the likes of which we haven't heard in this piece since Munch. What makes the performance so special is that all of this excitement never compromises precision of execution, or that special sparkle and lightness of touch that we have come to regard as quintessentially French. This team looks set to become a major musical force, and a genuine star of the Naxos catalog. Keep it coming, please!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in G minor, Op. 42 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 25 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (10/17/2006 - 10/18/2006) 
2.
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite no 1 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1933; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 18 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2006 - 05/04/2006) 
3.
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite no 2 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 19 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2006 - 05/04/2006) 

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
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Prelude
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Jeux des ephebes et des vierges (Game of the young men and maidens)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Danse du labyrinthe (Dance of the Labyrinth)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Bacchus apparait deguise (Bacchus appears, disguised)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Il fait tournoyer au-dessus d'elle son manteau noir (He whirls his black mantle over her)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Thesee et ses compagnons se precipitent sur Bacchus (Theseus and his companions rush upon Bacchus)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Les nuages s'accumulent dans le ciel (The clouds gather)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Les nuages se dissipent, le soleil reparait (The clouds disperse, the sun re-appears)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Danse de Bacchus (Dance of Bacchus)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Ariane, toujours endormie, prend part a la danse avec Bacchus (Ariadne, still asleep, dances with Bacchus)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1: Bacchus depose Ariane sur le rocher (Bacchus sets Ariadne down on the rock)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Prelude - Le sommeil d'Ariane (Ariadne's sleep)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Reveil d'Ariane (Ariadne's Awakening)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Elle tombe dans les bras de Bacchus qui a surgi derriere la crete du roc (She falls into the arms of Bacchus, who has appeared suddenly behind the summit)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Bacchus danse seul (Bacchus dances alone)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Le baiser (The kiss)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: L'enchantement dionysiaque (The Dionysian spell)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Le thiase defile (The Bacchic procession of revellers forms)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Danse d'Ariane (Dance of Ariadne)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Danse d'Ariane et Bacchus (Dance of Ariadne and Bacchus)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Bacchanale
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2: Le couronnement d'Ariane (The coronation of Ariadne)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Stirring perf. by the RSNO and DENEVE March 30, 2012 By r. corrado (virginia beach, VA) See All My Reviews "Thrilling orchestra playing,and repertoire that should be heard more often by the major SYM.orchestras in their seasons.This recording is engineered beautifully ,and balances and dynamics are first rate. I eventually would like to hear the recording of Roussel with Dutoit.However this would be hard to beat. Thanks, R. CORRADO" Report Abuse
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