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Dukas: Symphony in C, Sorcerer's Apprentice... / Tingaud

Dukas / Tingaud / Rte National Sym Orch
Release Date: 11/11/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573296   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jean-Luc Tingaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dukas’ three major orchestral works make a logical and satisfying single program, and they are very well performed and recorded on this fine new disc from Naxos. There’s no guarantee, of course, that a French conductor will do especially well in French music, and no doubt Jean-Luc Tingaud does not wish to be pigeon-holed or limited only to the music of his countrymen, but he does play all three pieces with a certain idiomatic flair that’s both quite memorable and often excitingly fresh.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which opens the program, receives a swift and brilliant reading, but also one notable for its naturalness and unforced musicality. Right from the start, in the slow introduction, you will register the way that
Read more Tingaud and the RTÉ wind players skillfully build long phrases from Dukas’ melodic fragments, and ensure that the tension never sags. The climaxes also are perfectly judged. La péri, with its opening fanfare brilliantly played, never lapses into the sort of droopy languor that tempts other artists into overindulgence: the music has both rhythm and impetus as well as lusciousness.

This reading of the Symphony in C major may be the most impressive performance of all. The opening movement is really gripping, and the long coda, which can sound like an artificial appendage, builds in energy right through to the final bars. Kudos to the orchestra for keeping up with some pretty hard-driving conducting here. The central Andante also is beautifully shaped and truly “espressivo”, but with no dead spots, while the lively finale offers a very satisfying conclusion. Although there is no shortage of available recordings of these works, or even discs that present them together, this one is as good as any, and better than most. Give it a shot.

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

L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jean-Luc Tingaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
La péri by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jean-Luc Tingaud
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; France 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Symphony in C major by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Jean-Luc Tingaud
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; France 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 40 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Excellent Dukas March 27, 2020 By Ronald Y. (Morris Plains, NJ) See All My Reviews "This is a very fine collection of Dukas pieces that will give you a good taste of his style and flair. All are performed with excitement and are provided excellent sound quality and clarity." Report Abuse
 fun January 8, 2016 By David L. (chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "This is fun, but you cannot play it on a car system, even a Levinson. You need a house and have to crank the system up high - high enough disturb the upstairs neighbors" Report Abuse
 No Magical Brooms Here January 9, 2015 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "I was indelibly impressed by the music and accompanying animated cartoons of Fantasia over 70 years ago. Lacking any Dukas in my music collection I ordered this disc. Alas, I did not find this Sorcerer's Apprentice as exciting as Stokowski's sensational Fantasia performance. Original manuscripts were consulted for these works ensuring ''rigorously faithful performances.'' Perhaps the most interesting piece on this disc is the La Peri a ''poeme danse.'' I did not find the Symphony particularly interesting. I won't go so far as to say that overall I found this disc boring, but after repeated listenings over a several months I decided to get rid of it because I did not find it engaging. So for whatever it's worth that is my take." Report Abuse
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