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Roussel: Symphony No 1 & 4 / Eschenbach, Orchestre de Paris


Release Date: 04/10/2007 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1092   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Roussel's First Symphony, subtitled "The Poem of the Forest", is so seldom played or recorded that it's faint praise to hail this newcomer as the best version available. As with Christoph Eschenbach's excellent version of the Second Symphony, he takes the music very seriously, you might say Germanically, producing a third-movement "Summer Evening" of exceptional depth and gravity. While some listeners might miss a bit of the traditional impressionistic lightness in the concluding "Fauns and Dryads", this is certainly a legitimate way to play the music, a fact that applies even more forcefully to the compactly argued Fourth Symphony. While memories of conductors such as Charles Munch aren't erased in this Read more performance of the latter work, Eschenbach's trenchant reading alongside the expert playing of the Orchestre de Paris upholds Roussel's claim as France's finest 20th-century symphonist. Very good sonics complete the picture.

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

1.
Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 7 "Poème de la forêt" by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
2.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 53 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret": I. Foret d'hiver
Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret": II. Renouveau
Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret": III. Soir d'ete
Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret": IV. Faunes et dryades
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53: I. Lento - Allegro con brio
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

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