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Lalo: Cello Concerto, Symphony In G, Namouna / Bakels


Release Date: 07/25/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1296   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Torleif Thedéen
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Édouard Lalo is one of those composers that you really want to like. His masterpiece, the ballet Namouna, is a wonderful, colorful, tuneful score, as the six extracts presented here prove. The Danses marocaines and brilliant Fête foraine (which closes the disc) show the composer in the best possible light. His popular cello concerto also is very appealing once you get past the first movement, with its dysfunctional take on sonata-form and clunky orchestral writing. The Symphony in G minor is a rarity, though Beecham championed it (a performance recently reissued by EMI). At less than half an hour, it's an easy piece to digest, made easier by its tunefulness, although it sounds much earlier than its 1886 composition date. Read more Certainly this is no Franck or Saint-Saëns, but it's very nice to have it in modern sound.


The performances here are stunning. Torleif Thedéen is a terrific soloist, playing every note as if he really means it, and while he's not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve (the finale's introduction), it's never to the point where he sounds sleazy. Kees Bakels and his Malaysian orchestra play the living daylights out of all of this music, offering bold, gutsy rhythms (in the symphony and concerto as much as the ballet) and delivering the music with the conviction that it needs. You might come away thinking that all three works are masterpieces, and I can't praise the performers more than that. The sonics have great range and impact, but they also capture an unusual amount of performance noises--clicking keys, scraping bows, and the like. It's a small price to pay for such intense interpretations. I just wish that they had given us a complete Namouna. [4/26/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in D minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Torleif Thedéen (Cello)
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 25 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Symphony in G minor by Edouard Lalo
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; France 
Length: 26 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Namouna: Prélude by Edouard Lalo
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1881 - 1882). 
4.
Namouna: Sérénade (Scène du balcon) by Edouard Lalo
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1881 - 1882). 
5.
Namouna: Pas des cymbales by Edouard Lalo
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1881 - 1882). 
6.
Namouna: Danses Marocaines by Edouard Lalo
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1881 - 1882). 
7.
Namouna: Dolce far niente by Edouard Lalo
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 09 Secs. 
8.
Namouna: Fête forlaine by Edouard Lalo
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto in D minor: I. Prelude: Lento - Allegro maestoso - Tempo I
Cello Concerto in D minor: II. Intermezzo: Andantino con moto - Allegro presto - Andantino (Tempo I) - Allegro presto
Cello Concerto in D minor: III. Introduction: Andante - Allegro vivace
Symphony in G minor: I. Andante - Allegro non troppo
Symphony in G minor: II. Vivace
Symphony in G minor: III. Adagio
Symphony in G minor: IV. Allegro
Namouna: I. Prelude: Andante
Namouna: II. Serenade (Scene du balcon): Allegro
Namouna: III. Pas des cymbales: Moderato
Namouna: IV. Danses marocaines: Vivace
Namouna: V. Dolce far niente (La sieste): Allegretto quasi andantino
Namouna: VI. Fete foraine: Presto - Danse

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