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Tournemire: Symphonies No 3 & 8 / Almeida, Moscow Symphony


Release Date: 11/05/1996 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223808   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Natalia Malina
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Finally, here are accounts that do this marvellous music something close to justice. The Russian associations of the Moscou Symphony (1912-13) may have been a key factor: in marked contrast to the earlier issues, the orchestra here sound at home from the very first bar, and the jolly tintinnabulations of the dance-like scherzo come off very well.

Tournemire started the Third Symphony after a trip to Russia in 1911. The CD cover details its title as "Moscow 1913", though both Grove and Joel Marie Fauquet's notes omit "1913", merely the year of completion and not indicative of any programme concerning pre-Great War Russia. As its title suggests, No. 8 (1920-24; Fauquet's notes give conflicting completion
Read more dates three years apart) had a baleful inspiration - the death of the composer's wife in 1919. Tournemire became receptive to modern trends around this time, which might explain the score's more elusive atmosphere and resonances of Debussy, Holst and Prokofiev. This performance is a little more tentative than that of No. 3, but still quite serviceable.

-- Gramophone [5/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3, Op. 43 "Moscou" by Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Natalia Malina (Organ)
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 34 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 8, Op. 51 "La symphonie du triomphe de la mort" by Charles Tournemire
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920-1924; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 37 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3, Op. 43, "Moscou": I. Bien modere
Symphony No. 3, Op. 43, "Moscou": II. Avec du mouvement
Symphony No. 3, Op. 43, "Moscou": III. Les Cloches de Moscou: Lentement
Symphony No. 3, Op. 43, "Moscou": IV. Assez modere - Avec assez de mouvement
Symphony No. 8, Op. 51, "La symphonie du triomphe de la mort": Movement I - Lento
Symphony No. 8, Op. 51, "La symphonie du triomphe de la mort": Movement I - Assez vif
Symphony No. 8, Op. 51, "La symphonie du triomphe de la mort": Movement I - Assez vif
Symphony No. 8, Op. 51, "La symphonie du triomphe de la mort": Movement II - Allegro
Symphony No. 8, Op. 51, "La symphonie du triomphe de la mort": Movement II - Lento

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