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Roussel: Symphony No 4, Petite Suite / Deneve, Royal Scottish NO

Roussel / Rsno / Deneve
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572135   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 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Stéphane Denève's Roussel cycle for Naxos easily has been the finest ever recorded, and this concluding disc fully lives up to expectations. The Fourth symphony explodes with rhythmic vigor in the outer movements and captures all of the bittersweet lyricism of the slow second movement. It's an exuberant, effortless performance of a work that probably will never receive the attention it deserves on account of its brevity (just a touch more than 20 minutes) and pungent (but never gratuitously harsh) harmonic vocabulary. The couplings
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The Flemish Rhapsody (Rapsodie flamande) is a virtually unknown but wonderfully tuneful, even catchy example of Roussel's punchy late style. You'll wonder where it's been. The three works for chamber orchestra (the Sinfonietta is for strings only) are all cut from the same cloth as the symphony, and they are just as well played. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra sports some fine players, particularly the principal trumpet, and Denève lets them demonstrate their artistry without ever losing sight of the big formal picture in music that makes a point of its structural integrity. Great sound, great music, great performances--a great series.

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

1.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 53 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
2.
Concerto for small Orchestra, Op. 34 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; France 
Venue:  City Halls, Glasgow, UK 
Length: 13 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Petite Suite, Op. 39 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, UK 
Length: 12 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Sinfonietta for Strings, Op. 52 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, UK 
Length: 9 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Rapsodie flamande by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53: I. Lento
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53: II. Lento molto
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53: III. Allegro scherzando
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53: IV. Allegro molto
Rapsodie flamande, Op. 56: Rapsodie Flamande, Op. 56
Petite suite, Op. 39: I. Aubade
Petite suite, Op. 39: II. Pastorale
Petite suite, Op. 39: III. Mascarade
Concert for Small Orchestra, Op. 34: I. Allegro
Concert for Small Orchestra, Op. 34: II. Andante
Concert for Small Orchestra, Op. 34: III. Presto
Sinfonietta, Op. 52: I. Allegro molto
Sinfonietta, Op. 52: II. Andante
Sinfonietta, Op. 52: III. Allegro

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