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Roussel: Symphony No 1, Resurrection / Deneve


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570323   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Stéphane Denève's Roussel cycle is shaping up to be the finest available--not that there's a lot of compelling competition. All of the symphonies are shockingly neglected, but the First might be the least-familiar of them all, God only knows why. It's a gorgeous, impressionistic piece with evocative titles (Forest in Winter, Renewal, Summer evening, Fauns and Dryads) and shimmering, atmospheric music that lives up to its expectations. Denève leads a thoroughly committed, even inspired performance, sensitive to Roussel's detailed scoring but also fluent, lively, and attentive to each movement's symphonic architecture. It's a wonderful performance, excellently played and
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There's very little "minor" Roussel. Even his short works have a certain seriousness and substance. This is certainly true of Résurrection, a symphonic prelude after Tolstoy, while the four-movement suite from Le marchand de sable qui passe reveals Roussel's expert scoring for small ensemble (flute, horn, clarinet, harp, and strings). Really this is an essential acquisition for anyone who loves French music and the late Romantic school in general. Don't pass it up.

--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:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
2.
Résurrection, Op. 4 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
3.
Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; 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
Resurrection, Op. 4
Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13: Prelude
Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13: Scene 2
Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13: Interlude - Scene 4
Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13: Final Scene

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