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Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Martinu: Symphony No. 4 / Ansermet, Suisse Romande

Martinu / Osr / Ansermet
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Cascavelle   Catalog #: 3127   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henri DutilleuxBohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Broadcasts are always potentially revelatory, not least of increased adrenalin levels. [This] disc certainly contain a good share of excitement and drama. The first contains a really splendid performance of Dutilleux’s First Symphony performed in 1956, four years after it had been written. Martinon had premiered it, but Ansermet locates its gauzy romantic moments just as much as its more terse ones with unerring precision. As well as a debt to Honegger, we find some spectral sonorities, clarified with analytical perception by the conductor. Ansermet had been a Martinu admirer for a number of years; they’d been in touch since the 1930s so when Ansermet broadcast the Czech composer’s Fourth Symphony in 1967 he could look back on many Read more years’ acquaintance with the music. Whilst this isn’t as comprehensively fine a performance as the Dutilleux, it does reveal the breadth of Ansermet’s affinity, and the solidity of his conception. Rhythmic dynamism underpins the performance, and his grip is taut, but relaxes when necessary. It’s impressive."

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by Henri Dutilleux
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Length: 35 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 4 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Length: 33 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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