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Albert Roussel : Le festin de l'araignée (Intégrale)

Stéphane Denève

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The music of Albert Roussel, a naval officer turned composer, is only sporadically performed, although in his day it was championed by big names such as Ernest Ansermet and Arturo Toscanini. He draws on various strains of French music but is attached to none. This release is part of a cycle devoted to Roussel's orchestral music by French conductor Stéphane Denève. Le festin de l'araignée (The Spider's Banquet) opens with a flute line seemingly directly inspired by the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun but in general has a jocular style reminiscent of Ravel's lighter works. It is a detailed allegorical representation of insects in a garden, with the titular spider dining on other beasts but itself being killed by a praying mantis two-thirds of the way through. Roussel's wind writing is intricate and unusual, and both Denève and the Naxos engineering team, working in Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow, keep the textures open and clear, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra delivering precise playing throughout. Padmâvatî was a two-act opera-ballet that Roussel intended to evoke the splendor of Rameau's great spectacles of the 18th century. The opera's libretto is based on an old Indian legend. Excerpted here by two suites of instrumental sections, it makes occasional reference to Indian classical music but does not really come to grips with it (as indeed you would expect in music of this period). Instead Roussel delves into murky chromaticism that he would soon reject in favor of a lighter neo-classical style. In parts the music seems to reflect the influence of The Rite of Spring. Le festin de l'araignée, especially, deserves to be better known, and this strong performance will bring that goal closer.
© TiVo

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Albert Roussel : Le festin de l'araignée (Intégrale)

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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Le festin de l'araignee (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17 (Albert Roussel)

1
Part 1: Prelude - Un Jardin (A Garden)
Stéphane Denève
00:04:40

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

2
Part 1: Tres anime - Entree des Fourmis (Entrance of the Ants)
Stéphane Denève
00:03:00

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

3
Part 1: Modere - Entree des Bousiers (Entrance of the Dung-Beetles). Danse du Papillon (Dance of the Butterfly)
Stéphane Denève
00:04:11

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

4
Part 1: Lent - Joie de l'Araignee (The Spider rejoices). Danse de l'Araignee (Dance of the Spider)
Stéphane Denève
00:02:24

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

5
Part 1: Assez lent - Entree des Vers de fruit (Entrance of the Fruit Worms)
Stéphane Denève
00:00:52

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

6
Part 1: Solennel - Entree guerriere de deux Mantes religieuses (Warlike entrance of two praying Mantises)
Stéphane Denève
00:00:43

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

7
Part 1: Assez vif - Ronde des Fourmis (Round-dance of the Ants)
Stéphane Denève
00:02:12

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

8
Part 2: Assez lent - Eclosion de l'Ephemere (Hatching of the Mayfly)
Stéphane Denève
00:01:49

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

9
Part 2: Anime - Danse de l'Ephemere (Dance of the Mayfly)
Stéphane Denève
00:03:20

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

10
Part 2: Tres modere - L'Ephemere s'arrete, epuise (The Mayfly stops, exhausted)
Stéphane Denève
00:03:55

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

11
Part 2: Tres lent - Mort de l'Ephemere (Death of the Mayfly)
Stéphane Denève
00:02:13

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

12
Part 2: Moderement lent - Funerailles de l'Ephemere (Funeral of the Mayfly)
Stéphane Denève
00:03:01

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

Padmavati Suite No. 1 (Albert Roussel)

13
I. Prelude
Stéphane Denève
00:05:13

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

14
II. Danse guerriere (War Dance)
Stéphane Denève
00:03:58

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

15
III. Danse des femmes esclaves (Dance of the Female Slaves)
Stéphane Denève
00:02:54

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

Padmavati Suite No. 2 (Albert Roussel)

16
I. Prelude
Stéphane Denève
00:02:45

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

17
II. Danse et Pantomime
Stéphane Denève
00:07:22

Albert Roussel, Composer - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephane Deneve, Conductor

2012 Naxos 2012 Naxos

Album Description

The music of Albert Roussel, a naval officer turned composer, is only sporadically performed, although in his day it was championed by big names such as Ernest Ansermet and Arturo Toscanini. He draws on various strains of French music but is attached to none. This release is part of a cycle devoted to Roussel's orchestral music by French conductor Stéphane Denève. Le festin de l'araignée (The Spider's Banquet) opens with a flute line seemingly directly inspired by the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun but in general has a jocular style reminiscent of Ravel's lighter works. It is a detailed allegorical representation of insects in a garden, with the titular spider dining on other beasts but itself being killed by a praying mantis two-thirds of the way through. Roussel's wind writing is intricate and unusual, and both Denève and the Naxos engineering team, working in Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow, keep the textures open and clear, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra delivering precise playing throughout. Padmâvatî was a two-act opera-ballet that Roussel intended to evoke the splendor of Rameau's great spectacles of the 18th century. The opera's libretto is based on an old Indian legend. Excerpted here by two suites of instrumental sections, it makes occasional reference to Indian classical music but does not really come to grips with it (as indeed you would expect in music of this period). Instead Roussel delves into murky chromaticism that he would soon reject in favor of a lighter neo-classical style. In parts the music seems to reflect the influence of The Rite of Spring. Le festin de l'araignée, especially, deserves to be better known, and this strong performance will bring that goal closer.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : 54:53 - DDD - Enregistré les 4 et 5 octobre 2010 au Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow - Notes en français et anglais

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