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d'Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air… / Gamba

D'indy / Lortie / Iceland Symphony Orch / Gamba
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10760   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
Performer:  Louis Lortie
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the latest volume in the Chandos series exploring the orchestral output of Vincent d’Indy, nicknamed ‘The Samson of Music’ by Fauré for his work as a composer, conductor, and teacher. His style was essentially eclectic, strongly influenced by Beethoven and Wagner, into which he frequently incorporated folk melodies.

Based on a folk tune from the Tourtous, the Symphonie sur un Chant montagnard français has become one of the composer’s best-loved works. The highly atmospheric work is scored for piano and orchestra; however, far from engaging in conflict with the orchestra, the soloist operates on equal terms. The part is here performed by the internationally acclaimed Louis Lortie.

Read more symphonic poem Saugefleurie tells the story of the tragic love between Saugefleurie, a lonely yet charming little fairy, and the King’s son, based on a poem from the Contes de fées by Robert de Bonnières, a friend of the composer’s. The Wagnerian influence is apparent throughout; however, in terms of orchestration and sonority the work remains characteristically French.

Among the now forgotten works of the French poet, novelist, and dramatist Catulle Mendès is the play Medée, based on the Greek myth of Medea, who murdered her two sons to avenge her rejection by her lover, Jason, the leader of the Argonauts. D’Indy wrote incidental music to the play in 1898, and later preserved much of it in the form of an orchestral suite in five movements, recorded here.

Also on the theme of doomed love is d’Indy’s first opera, Fervaal, a work of Wagnerian scale and proportions, and clearly displaying the influence of Parsifal in the complex network of leitmotivs. At the same time, in its historical setting at the time of the Saracen invasion, and in its musical evocation of local colour, it reflects the earlier Parisian Grand Opéra of Meyerbeer and Halévy.

Review quotes:

The mixture of post-Wagnerian chromaticism and refined orchestral sensuousness is typical of a style that left an indelible impression on French music for decades. The performances are faultless. Louis Lortie is the restrained yet dexterous soloist in the Symphonie.

– The Guardian

d'Indy is his own man, conjuring up fragrant atmosphere from his mountain theme and generating a good deal of healthy vigor in the finale. All this is potently communicated by the orchestral playing and by Louis Lortie's scintillating fluency in the piano obbligato.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Op. 25 by Vincent D'Indy
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Saugefleurie, Op. 21 by Vincent D'Indy
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Médée, Op. 47 by Vincent D'Indy
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Fervaal, Op. 40: Prelude by Vincent D'Indy
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893/1895; France 

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