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ROUSSEL, A.: Symphony No. 1, "Le poeme de la foret" / Resurrection / Le marchand de sable qui passe (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 Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570323
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Stéphane Denève’s accounts of Roussel’s symphonies have been praised for their ‘energy, enthusiasm, and panache’ (American Record Guide on No. 2 – 8.570529 – which also gained Gramophone Editor’s Choice) and ‘electrifying…ravishing…breathtaking’ (The Herald on No. 3 – 8.570245). Résurrection, Roussel’s first orchestral work, is a delicate and mysterious piece inspired by Tolstoy’s last novel, while Le marchand de sable qui passe (The Sandman) is a tuneful, colourfully orchestrated suite. His Symphony No. 1 ‘Poem of the traces the cycle of seasons from winter to autumn through its four movements.



Review By Robert Benson,,December 2009

…we have this superb performance of Symphony No. 1, Poem of the Forest, portraying Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Hints of Debussy and Ravel are heard throughout this exquisite music. Equally fascinating are the four movements of incidental music for the pantomime The Sandman written in 1908 about the same time as Symphony No. 1. The CD also includes Roussel’s first orchestral work, Resurrection, which only hints at Roussel’s later style—but it is a welcome addition to the catalog just to hear what it sounds like…Another terrific value from Naxos!


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