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Roussel: Le Festin de l'Araignee, Padmavati / Deneve, Royal Scottish


Release Date: 01/31/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572243  
Composer:  Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Stéphane Denève's Roussel recordings for Naxos are far and away the most comprehensively satisfying in the catalog. This final installment provides a worthy and memorable conclusion to the series. In the first place, the two suites from Roussel's magnificent opera-ballet Pâdmavatî are all but unknown, either in concert or on disc. They are wonderful, not least because the obligatory touches of Eastern exoticism are fully integrated into Roussel's personal idiom. All of his music, even the lightest or the most purely tactile and voluptuous, has substance.

This is especially true of his shimmering, impressionist ballet The Spider's Feast (oddly referred to as
Read more "The Spider's Banquet" on the CD booklet, which is fine, and as "The Spider's Web" on the tray card, which is just a mistake). Although Roussel prepared a suite in the form of "symphonic fragments", there's no gratuitous musical flab here, and the work always should be performed complete. The scoring is astonishing, given the amazing range of timbres and textures that Roussel conjures: two flutes (one doubling piccolo), two oboes (one doubling English horn), pairs of clarinets, bassoons, horns, and trumpets, timpani, percussion, harp, celeste, and strings.

As already suggested, these performances are as good as they come. Denève has an unerring feel for Roussel's idiom, for that combination of rhythmic drive, precision of accent, and elegant phrasing that somehow seems both personal to this composer as well as quintessentially French. Beyond that, he gets excellent, truly refined playing from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and he's expertly recorded. Essential.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le festin de l'araignée, Op. 17 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
2.
Padmâvatî, Op. 18: Suite no 1 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924 
3.
Padmâvatî, Op. 18: Suite no 2 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924 

Sound Samples

Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 1: Prelude - Un Jardin (A Garden)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 1: Tres anime - Entree des Fourmis (Entrance of the Ants)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 1: Modere - Entree des Bousiers (Entrance of the Dung-Beetles). Danse du Papillon (Dance of the Butterfly)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 1: Lent - Joie de l'Araignee (The Spider rejoices). Danse de l'Araignee (Dance of the Spider)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 1: Assez lent - Entree des Vers de fruit (Entrance of the Fruit Worms)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 1: Solennel - Entree guerriere de deux Mantes religieuses (Warlike entrance of two praying Mantises)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 1: Assez vif - Ronde des Fourmis (Round-dance of the Ants)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 2: Assez lent - Eclosion de l'Ephemere (Hatching of the Mayfly)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 2: Anime - Danse de l'Ephemere (Dance of the Mayfly)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 2: Tres modere - L'Ephemere s'arrete, epuise (The Mayfly stops, exhausted)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 2: Tres lent - Mort de l'Ephemere (Death of the Mayfly)
Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17: Part 2: Moderement lent - Funerailles de l'Ephemere (Funeral of the Mayfly)
Padmavati Suite No. 1: I. Prelude
Padmavati Suite No. 1: II. Danse guerriere (War Dance)
Padmavati Suite No. 1: III. Danse des femmes esclaves (Dance of the Female Slaves)
Padmavati Suite No. 2: I. Prelude
Padmavati Suite No. 2: II. Danse et Pantomime

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Carnival of the Insects? September 25, 2012 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "'The Spider's Banquet' is an imaginative ballet score which colorfully depicts the battle for survival among insects in a garden. Perhaps it could be called an impressionistic counterpart to Saint-Saens' well known 'Carnival of the Animals.' The orchestration is vivid and varied in mood and tempo. The second work on the disk (Padmavati)is also a ballet score based on Indian legends. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra's brilliant playing is matched by the firm control demonstrated by conductor Stephane Deneve. This disk provides solid evidence of Albert Roussel's fertile imagination as a composer. An excellent listening experience, which I definitely recommend." Report Abuse
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