Roussel: Symphony No. 3

Naxos: 8570245

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Roussel: Symphony No. 3

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570245
(8.570245)

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th April 2007

Barcode:

0747313024575

Length:

62 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Roussel: Symphony No. 3


Roussel:

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 (complete ballet)

Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42


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Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42

I. Allegro vivace

II. Adagio

III. Vivace

IV. Allegro con spirito

Albert Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 1

Prelude

Jeux des ephebes et des vierges (Game of the young men and maidens)

Danse du labyrinthe (Dance of the Labyrinth)

Bacchus apparait deguise (Bacchus appears, disguised)

Il fait tournoyer au-dessus d'elle son manteau noir (He whirls his black mantle over her)

Thesee et ses compagnons se precipitent sur Bacchus (Theseus and his companions rush upon Bacchus)

Les nuages s'accumulent dans le ciel (The clouds gather)

Les nuages se dissipent, le soleil reparait (The clouds disperse, the sun re-appears)

Danse de Bacchus (Dance of Bacchus)

Ariane, toujours endormie, prend part a la danse avec Bacchus (Ariadne, still asleep, dances with Bacchus)

Bacchus depose Ariane sur le rocher (Bacchus sets Ariadne down on the rock)

Albert Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite No. 2

Prelude - Le sommeil d'Ariane (Ariadne's sleep)

Reveil d'Ariane (Ariadne's Awakening)

Elle tombe dans les bras de Bacchus qui a surgi derriere la crete du roc (She falls into the arms of Bacchus, who has appeared suddenly behind the summit)

Bacchus danse seul (Bacchus dances alone)

Le baiser (The kiss)

L'enchantement dionysiaque (The Dionysian spell)

Le thiase defile (The Bacchic procession of revellers forms)

Danse d'Ariane (Dance of Ariadne)

Danse d'Ariane et Bacchus (Dance of Ariadne and Bacchus)

Bacchanale

Le couronnement d'Ariane (The coronation of Ariadne)

BBC Music Magazine

Proms 2008

****

“The ballet bounces along with tremendous colour, and some elegant woodwind phrasing while Denève's ear for detail pays dividends. He maintains a relentless drive in the Symphony… keeping up a headlong assault throughout.”

Classic FM Magazine

“Denève does justice to a dazzling piece of work, fresh and vigorous, a mix of Stravinskyian rhythms and Debussyian colours… this is a thrilling reminder of an underperformed composer.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“The Third is the most sheerly exciting of Roussel's four symphonies. The pounding, soaring opening Allegro vivo has become iconic but there is far more to the symphony than that, with an Adagio of great emotional range, two scherzos (one embedded in the slow movement) and a whirlwind finale that fuses all the expressive elements together by its close.
The RSNO's performance is fully alive to the music's sweep and irrepressible joie de vivre as well as its more lyrical aspects. There is an edgeof- the-seat quality to the interpretation that is winning. In the third span, Vivace, Denève pushes on and here, as in the Allegro con spirito finale, he outpaces his rivals. But it is with its sound and orchestral balance that this newcomer scores, making audible a wealth of detail often submerged.
The woodwinds in particular benefit and their superb playing illuminates Bacchus et Ariane. The cover states that the complete ballet is being presented whereas the track listings show Suites Nos 1 and 2. There is little appreciable difference, the suites mirroring the two acts and published this way after the lacklustre premiere. Suite No 2 has become a warhorse for Francophile conductors but there is much to enjoy in the First. If you are coming new to Roussel, this is the perfect introduction.
Highly recommended.”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2007

“The Third is the most sheerly exciting of Roussel's four symphonies. The RSNO's performance is fully alive to the music's sweep and irrepressible joie de vivre as well as its more lyrical aspects. There is an edge-of-the-seat quality to the interpretation that is winning, although music director Stéphane Denéve's tempi are slower than Dutoit's... it is with its sound and orchestral balance that this newcomer scores, making audible a wealth of detail often submerged. The woodwinds in particular benefit and their superb playing illuminates Bacchus et Ariane. Highly recommended.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“The most recent digital set on Naxos is, on balance, perhaps the best [Roussel cycle], and is certainly well on its way to being the most comprehensive...With the third CD, one comes to...two of the most colourful and vibrant scores of the twentieth century. This is undoubtedly exciting music, and Deneve catches the mood perfectly. The pounding rhythms of the opening of the Symphony No. 3 are perhaps the best captured on CD”

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