This disc includes Lalo's Overture to Le roi d'Ys and Namouna Suite #1; also, Henry Barraud's Offrande a une ombre in
addition to the major work: Chausson's Symphony in Bb.
Lalo and Chausson were recorded in Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit in 1958 and 1956 respectively; Barraud in Ford Auditorium in 1957.
The Lalo pieces present an interesting further insight into a composer better known for the Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra. Barraud's work I will have to leave to others; it is too dissonant for me to evaluate.
In the Chausson Symphony, Paray's forceful and somewhat clipped conducting style is leavened by numerous sensitive shapings of phrases and control of dynamics; the result, while balanced and clear-sighted in the French tradition, is also a truly sympathetic performance.
I also have the Symphony by : Mata and Dallas SO; Munch and Boston; and Tortelier and BBC PO.
The sheer scope and romantic sweep of the first movement in particular are present in all, but best captured by Munch.
Mata's is the most hair-raising, with the shortest time : 10:17; while Tortelier's, the longest at 12:06, gives a more definite
impression of something magnificent unfolding, but can occasionally seem a bit studied.
Paray's tempi are in the middle of things and well - chosen to convey the composer's intentions.
As with other Mercury Living Presence recordings, orchestral detail becomes audible here which registers on the other
recordings as generalized background, a result of closer miking. Clarity and presence characterize the sound picture
This disc will tell you what this wonderful symphony sounds like, and will provide a good base for comparison.
Chausson, Lalo, Barraud / Paray, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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- 梱包サイズ : 13.97 x 12.55 x 1.14 cm; 104.33 g
- メーカー : Polygram Records
- EAN : 0028943438926
- SPARSコード : ADD
- レーベル : Polygram Records
- ASIN : B0000041JR
- ディスク枚数 : 1