Rabaud: Divertissement, Eclogues, Etc / Pierre Dervaux
Release Date: 06/07/2011
Label:Emi ClassicsCatalog #: 63951
Spars Code: n/a Composer: Henri Rabaud Conductor: Pierre Dervaux Orchestra/Ensemble: Loire Philharmonic Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
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Rabaud's melodic invention is fluent, the harmony tonal but piquant, the orchestration superb. Anyone with a taste for late-romantic tone painting will have a ball.
...Other [albums] venture onto rarer musical territory, especially a...collection of performances conducted by Pierre Dervaux. The orchestra is the Philharmonique des Pays de Loire, and the works programmed are...by Henri Rabaud: the Divertissement sur des chansons russes, La procession nocturne, Mârouf and Eglogue. Anyone with a taste for late-romantic tone painting will have a ball, and the late-1970s sound allows for plenty of colour.
-- Gramophone [3/2001]
A Massenet pupil, Henri Rabaud (1873-1949)Read more was professor of harmony at the Paris Conservatoire, conductor at the Opêra, and later on, after Faurê, Director of the Conservatoire. In those days in France, as the mention of Faure's name implies, such posts were sometimes held by musicians of greater creative stature than in other countries, and Rabaud's output is not that of a dim academic. In fact its still considerable impact will surprise many listeners, for he is one of that large group of composers whose work holds a respectable position at home but is virtually unknown elsewhere.
Rabaud established his main reputation in 1914 with Mârouf, a comic opera from which the well-knit sequence of Act III dances is here included. They are in the superficially oriental yet pleasing style that French composers of his time and earlier favoured. The melodic invention is fluent, however, the harmony piquant if securely tonal, the orchestration, always Rabaud's strongest suit, quite superb.
Similar qualities are displayed in the other works, whose low opus numbers are deceptive, for their craftsmanship is already mature, the expected influences on a French composer of that period, such as Franck and Wagner, being well digested. Perhaps the Russian themes of Op. 2 lose their Slavonic character in Rabaud's hands, but this piece, like La procession nocturne, after Lenau's Faust, and Eglogue, after Virgil, are in an idiom which exerts an immediate appeal.
The Loire Philharmonic, and its conductor, Pierre Dervaux, were previously unknown to me, but show themselves excellently attuned to this music, playing it at full force, so to speak, yet with an acute sense of style. In this, as with the other LPs of this fine series, they are seconded by recordings which most enjoyably convey the colour and vivacity of each work.
-- Gramophone [1/1981] reviewing the original LP release of this album Read less