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 Forest’ traces the cycle of seasons from winter to autumn through its four movements.
“The sumptuously beautiful First Symphony is the headline work… Stéphane Denève and the RSNO have already proven themselves to be fine advocates of Roussel's music, and this is no exception, with plenty of colour and panache.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ****
“Denève excels in flagging up Roussel’s supple ear for hybrid washes of colour.” Classic FM Magazine
“…Le poème de la forêt… sounds beautiful to the ear, especially in Stéphane Denève's sensitive but firmly paced interpretation. ,,,Le marchand de sable qui passe… is disarmingly gentle, attractive and easy on the ear. Highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010
“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...The First Symphony is a highly atmospheric, impressionistic piece and, although with no programme, each movement represents a season, starting with Winter.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition