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Magnard: Hymne a la Justice / Stringer, Luxembourg PO


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Timpani   Catalog #: 1171   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Albéric Magnard
Conductor:  Mark Stringer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Admirers of Albéric Magnard’s four noble symphonies should probably seize this chance to acquire all his other orchestral music handily collected on a single disc. Serious-minded and self-critical, Magnard did not allow substandard work to see the light of day, and all these scores reflect his distinctive personality. Even the early Suite dans le style ancien, for all its inspiration in Rameau, brings a Wagnerian gravity to its dance movements and a nascent polyphonic mastery to the final gigue.

The other works show the hand of the symphonist even more clearly. The Hymne à la justice, inspired by the Dreyfus Affair but completed in comparative tranquillity some years later, is one of Magnard’s most dramatic and
Read more passionate utterances; the chorale melodies of the deeply troubled Chant funèbre, written on the death of his father, are patently cut from the same cloth as the great Third Symphony. The Overture could be another symphonic first movement, while the Hymne à Vénus – last and, in its austere fashion, lushest and most Romantic of these scores – serves as a useful reminder that the major gap still to be filled in the Magnard discography is precisely Magnard’s Bérénice, for which the piece was a kind of study. Fiery, committed performances and excellent recording.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hymne a la Justice, Op. 14 by Albéric Magnard
Conductor:  Mark Stringer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
2.
Suite for Orchestra in G minor, Op. 2 "Dans le Style Ancien" by Albéric Magnard
Conductor:  Mark Stringer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; France 
3.
Chant Funčbre, Op. 9 by Albéric Magnard
Conductor:  Mark Stringer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; France 
4.
Ouverture, Op. 10 by Albéric Magnard
Conductor:  Mark Stringer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; France 
5.
Hymn a Venus, Op. 17 by Albéric Magnard
Conductor:  Mark Stringer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 chausson+beethoven=magnard January 15, 2012 By David Landau (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "I am now listening to the "Hymne a la Justice" and it strikes me that Magnard combines the sweetness and refinement of the impressionist composers with the muscularity and structural strength of Beethoven. Not having heard the Luxembourg orchestra outside the old analogue recordings under Froment, I am struck by the power and beauty of the playing under Stringer. The BBC reviewer has this exactly right. Highest rating for both performance and sound." Report Abuse
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