I bought this recording with a gift card yesterday. What ever happened to these pieces? Leave a comment if you’ve heard any of them performed live (and when and where), other than “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” of course.
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I heard Le festin de l’araignee during the 2011-12 season at San Francisco Symphony. You will not be surprised to hear that the program was under Stephane Deneve, who is recording a bang-up Roussel cycle for Naxos with with the RSNO.
Lisa, what did you think of it? Worth performing every now and again?
Not sure if this is a comment or a reply…
Deneve was involved in my story, too, although he never showed up to conduct the Roussel Third Symphony with the LA Phil. (His wife was about to give birth to their baby…).
Happily, Lionel Bringuier came to the rescue, conducting a swell performance.
This was about five years ago, FYI.
Otherwise, Tim, you’re right; these works might as well not exist.
I would love to hear more of the French repertory. Major prejudice in the US against French music, in favor of German music, I feel.
Back in the day, the Chausson (which I like a lot) was recorded by Munch, Monteux, Ansermet, Paray and probably a few others. It’s a little like the Franck Symphony for those of you who haven’t heard it.
Roussel third symphony was performed at the last season of the Swiss Romande Orchestra under its former chief conductor Marek Janowski.
And yet, we get plenty of Debussy and Ravel, plus Berlioz and even Saint-Saens, plus occasional operas by Gounod (yawn) and Rameau (yay!).
Yep, but: Dukas, Roussel, Reyer, Magnard, D’Indy, Charpentier, and others remain comparatively unknown. Except for a few big pieces, how much Poulenc and Faure gets performed? How often is Messiaen on US symphonic programs?
Indeed, aside from Debussy and Ravel, that’s about it. Magnard has some great symphonies too. Also, Poulenc and Milhaud have some good pieces but also don’t show up much in the concert halls anymore. Dukas’ Symphony is also very good.
Yup, and don’t forget Honegger and Chabrier.
Yes, indeed. Honegger especially, in my opinion.
And this conversation thread could also be easily flipped to talk about neglected English composers as well.
Yes, it could. Heh, if anyone needs a narrator for the magnificent “Antarctica” Symphony, I’m ready and willing.
I think the basic wish of those who have commented and myself is that performing organizations were “repertoire nerds” like us.
Speaking of Magnard, his Overture op.10 is wonderful, top-drawer stuff that would be a crowd-pleasing opener for any program …
Tim, I am sure you are referring to programming for orchestras playing live music in the Los Angeles Basin; however, if your readers want a change of pace in Internet classical music programming, try http://www.wksu.org/classical/classicalchannel/
the classical music channel of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
I tuned in the other evening, and after three hours, I had not heard one classical piece that I had ever heard before. I don’t want to divert revenue from KUSC.org, but venturing once in a while out of state can be rewarding.
Oooo! Thanks for that pointer, Bob.
Tim, about L’assigne, I have a short reply and a long reply.
Short: Hell, yes.
Long: Hell, yes. Beautiful piece, gorgeous sonorities, very witty. It was performed so convincingly that I went out and bought five or six Roussel CDs a week later, all with Deneve/RSNO.
Oooo, I can’t wait for my new CD to arrive!
Just saw that the Chicago Symphony has programmed La Peri next season with Charles Dutoit.
They’re all wonderful works . IMHO., Roussel is one of th emost underrapreciated of all composers , and his quirky and highly individual music is sadly neglected for the most part . Try his remarkable opera/ballet “Padmavati” , which is set in India during the Moghul conquest on EMI with Marilyn Horne,Nicolai Gedda and Jose Van Dam. It’s the greatest opera you’ve never heard , a fantastically colorful and exotic maserwork .