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ROUSSEL, A.: Festin de l'araignee (Le) / Padmavati Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deneve)

Composer(s)Roussel, Albert
Artist(s) Deneve, Stephane, Conductor • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572243
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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One of Roussel’s most performed orchestral works, The Spider’s Banquet was composed during his earlier impressionistic period, and depicts the beauty and violence of insect life in a garden. Roussel’s experiences as a lieutenant in the French Navy first introduced him to Eastern influences, and the ‘opera-ballet’ Padmâvatî was inspired by his later visit to the ancient city of Chittor in Rajasthan state of western India. It uses aspects of Indian music to evoke this city’s legendary siege by the Mongols. This is the fifth and final volume in Stéphane Denève and the RSNO’s acclaimed survey of Roussel’s orchestral works. “An excellent disc, splendidly and idiomatically performed and a superb


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ROUSSEL, A.: Festin de l'araignee (Le) / Padmavati Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deneve) 54:53   
  Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17          
      Part 1: Prelude - Un Jardin (A Garden) 4:42       
      Part 1: Tres anime - Entree des Fourmis (Entrance of the Ants) 3:01       
      Part 1: Modere - Entree des Bousiers (Entrance of the Dung-Beetles). Danse du Papillon (Dance of the Butterfly) 4:11       
      Part 1: Lent - Joie de l'Araignee (The Spider rejoices). Danse de l'Araignee (Dance of the Spider) 2:24       
      Part 1: Assez lent - Entree des Vers de fruit (Entrance of the Fruit Worms) 0:52       
      Part 1: Solennel - Entree guerriere de deux Mantes religieuses (Warlike entrance of two praying Mantises) 0:43       
      Part 1: Assez vif - Ronde des Fourmis (Round-dance of the Ants) 2:13       
      Part 2: Assez lent - Eclosion de l'Ephemere (Hatching of the Mayfly) 1:49       
      Part 2: Anime - Danse de l'Ephemere (Dance of the Mayfly) 3:20       
      Part 2: Tres modere - L'Ephemere s'arrete, epuise (The Mayfly stops, exhausted) 3:56       
      Part 2: Tres lent - Mort de l'Ephemere (Death of the Mayfly) 2:13       
      Part 2: Moderement lent - Funerailles de l'Ephemere (Funeral of the Mayfly) 3:02       
  Padmavati Suite No. 1          
      I. Prelude 5:23       
      II. Danse guerriere (War Dance) 3:59       
      III. Danse des femmes esclaves (Dance of the Female Slaves) 2:54       
  Padmavati Suite No. 2          
      I. Prelude 2:48       
      II. Danse et Pantomime 7:23       
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