A classical music blog by music critic Tim Mangan
Ernest Ansermet conducts L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
classical music, music videos
Chabrier, Ernest Ansermet, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
September 3, 2015
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It can probably be played better – cleaner, for example, would be nice.
I agree with MarK on the quality of the performance. Neat march though. One of those many orchestral bonbons that rarely (and sadly) don’t see a lot of performances nowadays.
The sloppiness doesn’t really bother me, though, yeah, it would be better without it. One of the things that makes this performance special is missing in this video recording: The original LP is vividly recorded in Victoria Hall in Geneva and the orchestra is French in style, and therefore wonderfully pungent in sound.
At any rate, I think the piece is very much worth hearing and the Beecham recording is even sloppier.
How about this performance as a comparison:
I remember when the recording came out that I wondered how often the Vienna Phil played this piece.
I’m not much of a Gardiner fan. I’ve sampled this before and found it wanting, but I’ll try again.
And so, what is your verdict now?
It’s not bad. I feel the Gardiner performance is a little too fast though. I prefer the intimacy of the Ansermet recording, and the way the percussion are front and forward. I prefer Ansermet’s pesante over Gardiner’s pep. I also think the Vienna Philharmonic sound is not ideal for this music, though they come close hear and there.
It may not be ideal, and i am not completely convinced by certain details of interpretation, but still for my ears this is a far more satisfying performance – playful, colorful and brilliant.
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