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Koechlin: Seven Stars Symphony, Ballade / Rigutto, Myrat


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64369   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Bruno RiguttoFrançoise Pellié
Conductor:  Alexander Myrat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Very poetic character sketches as filtered through the mythologizing atmosphere of a nostalgic aural dream.

Recorded in 1982, the fact that [this album is] reentering the catalog suggests a select appeal which makes competition unlikely in the foreseeable future, thus [it enters] the Hall of Fame, if not - quite - by default (these are strong performances in better than average sound), less as outstanding sonic or interpretive artifacts and a great deal more on the strength of their artistic and musical import.

As Paul Snook took pains to note of The Seven Stars Symphony (in Fanfare 7:3) when this recording surfaced on vinyl, the provocative title "arouse[s] superficial and irrelevant expectations in
Read more the unprepared listener which are sure to be disappointed. This is not a set of slick and meretricious symphonic tableaux à la Ferde Grófé but a leisurely paced succession of unrelated miniature tone poems, constituting a suite of very subjective, very poetic, and very elusive character-sketches, or, more accurately, meditations, on the screen imagery of vedettes such as Fairbanks, Sr., Garbo, Dietrich, and Jannings as filtered through the allusively mythologizing atmosphere of a nostalgic aural dream." Got that? Well get it: he's on the money. Oddly, the compact disc has been processed from analog masters—the exemplary vinyl issue was digital: prominent tape hiss in the Ballade has been reduced but hardly banished from the symphony. Despite that, detail and timbrai play are more keenly served on silver, as is one's wish to return again to certain oddments, moments, and entire movements until this miragelike play of tone, texture, and color has been savored and assimilated.

-- Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 50 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Bruno Rigutto (Piano)
Conductor:  Alexander Myrat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1915; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1982 
Venue:  Salle Garnier, Monte Carlo 
Length: 20 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Seven Stars' Symphony, Op. 132 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Françoise Pellié (Ondes Martenot)
Conductor:  Alexander Myrat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1982 
Venue:  Salle Garnier, Monte Carlo 
Length: 44 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Ballade for Piano and Orchestra
Seven Stars' Symphony: III. Greta Garbo

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