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The Essential Dukas / Tortelier, Fingerhut, Et Al


Release Date: 05/23/2006 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 24132   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Paul Dukas
Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster OrchestraBBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Paul Dukas is almost entirely known for his popular tone poem 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'. This work is, of course, included in this release; however, these discs also offer several larger sclae works, including his impressive Symphony in C major and the Overture Polyeucte as well as the delightful ballet La Péri. Three examples of his rarely performed but no less impressive piano music are performed powerfully by Margaret Fingerhut who received lustrous reviews on the original release. The music of Dukas is highly colourful and atmospheric, demonstrating his somewhat eclectic inspirations, which included Wagner and Franck, as well as the beauty of classical form. There have been relatively few recordings of the Symphony in C major and it Read more is not commonly performed outside France. 'The rumbustious end to the first movement, with some superb brass and vigorous percussion, is a moment to be savoured', wrote Gramophone. The rarely recorded Polyeucte overture is a powerful work in five sections. In the work of Dukas, the Orient was the most seductive foreign influence, as demonstrated in La Péri, his last major work, written for Diaghilev in 1912. Yan Pascal Tortelier is famous for his interpretations of French music and plays this music with idiomatic flair. This bargain two-CD set, which includes the main orchestral and piano mastpieces of Dukas, is an ideal summation of the achievement of this wonderful composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La péri: Fanfare by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; France 
2.
La péri by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; France 
3.
L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
4.
Symphony in C major by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; France 
5.
Polyeucte by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
6.
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor by Paul Dukas
Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1901; France 
7.
Prélude élégiaque sur le nom de Haydn by Paul Dukas
Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909 
8.
Tombeau de Claude Debussy: La plainte, au loin, du faune by Paul Dukas
Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; France 

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