Roussel - Symphony No. 2

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Roussel - Symphony No. 2



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8th May 2006




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Roussel - Symphony No. 2


Symphony No. 2, Op. 23

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 1

"Roussel's Second Symphony is one of the greatest musical discoveries I've made in years." Christoph Eschenbach



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

I. Introduction

II. Youths and Maidens at Play

III. The Labyrinth Dance

IV. Bacchus Appears

V. Theseus and His Companions Rush Toward Bacchus

VI. Dance of Bacchus

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

I. Introduction

II. Awakening of Ariadne

III. Bacchus Dances Alone

IV. The Kiss

V. The Dionysian Spell

VI. The Procession of the Thiase.

VII. Ariadne's Dance

VIII. Dance of Ariadne and Bacchus

IX. Bacchanale

Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 23

I. Lent

II. Modere

III. Tres lent

BBC Music Magazine

July 2006


“Christoph Eschenbach admits the Symphony has been a revelation to him, conducting it with the conviction of a convent, with his pacing of the sombre slow-burning introduction being especially finely judged. The Orchestre de Paris is in superlative form, both in the Symphony and the ballet Bacchus et Ariane, providing a marvellous lesson in nuanced gallic colours, all captured in fine sound.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2006

“…the symphony - Roussel's longest - is also the most complex and elusive. Eschenbach's account is strong on both atmosphere and clarity of line. The juxtaposition with the two Bacchus et Ariane concert suites (much more enjoyable than the Daphnis ones) makes for a rich programme, all brilliantly played by the Orchestre de Paris. Roussel's symphony has lived far too long in the shadows; this disc should help bring it out into the light.”

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