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Roussel: Padmavati / Plasson, Horne, Gedda, Van Dam

Release Date: 02/11/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 47891   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Albert Roussel
Performer:  Marian EtxeberriaGérard BlattCharles BurlesMarc Vento,   ... 
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole OrchestraOrféon Donostiarra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Set in fourteenth-century Chitoor (which Roussel visited in 1909 sharing Ramsay Macdonald's elephant), Padmdvaii combines exotic indulgence with heroic astringency. It's what Saint-Saëns tried to do in Samson et Dalila, but he lived in the age of the Grand Tune and so his work has survived in the repertoire while Roussel's web of shimmering colours and ambiguous harmonies has rarely seen the light of day since its premiere in 1923. At that performance it was given in a double-bill with L'heure espagnole, and no doubt the practical problems of staging (its in-between length and the necessity for an elaborate ballet) have also contributed to its neglect.

The dances and orchestral preludes are certainly prominent among
Read more the attractions of the score, and the playing of the Toulouse orchestra under Plasson is a great strength in the recording. The strong cast is headed by Marilyn Home, whom LS in his original review found "altogether too masterful": I think we disagree there, but it is unfortunately true that her voice loses firmness under pressure in the upper register. Van Dam sings with grave, treacherous nobility, Gedda with more character than beauty in the role originally taken by Paul Franz. Among the supporting singers are two of France's best lyric tenors, Buries and Dran." -- Gramophone [9/1988]
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Works on This Recording

Padmâvatî, Op. 18 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Marian Etxeberria (Soprano), Gérard Blatt (Baritone), Charles Burles (Tenor),
Marc Vento (Baritone), Hugues Brambilla (Tenor), Elena Perez (Alto),
Martine Mahé (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Jacques Cubaynes (Baritone), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano),
Laurence Dale (Tenor), Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), José van Dam (Baritone),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Isabel Alvarez (Soprano), Henri Amiel (Baritone),
Thierry Dran (Tenor), Hermina Laborde (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; France 
Length: 103 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 

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