Notes and Editorial Reviews
Canadian/Spanish violinist Alexandre da Costa is teamed with the Spanish Radio & TV Orchestra to perform Lalo's popular violin spectacular, Symphonie Espagnole. Coupled with two suites from the rarely heard ballet by Lalo and a short Scherzo for violin and orchestra. "Among too many stupid ballets," Debussy wrote at the turn of the century, "Lalo's Namouna is something of a masterpiece." When finally finished the ballet only ran for 15 performances but sensing that he'd given some of his best inspiration to Namouna, Lalo salvaged a great deal of it in two suites, recomposing and re-orchestrating much of the music.
"Edouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole was considered fluff until recently, when the new generation of violinists began to champion it. Canadaian Alexandre Da Costa is the latest to take it seriously...no doubt that this makes a fine, radical alternative to more traditional extrovert versions." -- The Guardian [3/8/2013]