"...The Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Rumon Gamba are thoroughly at home in all this music, and Sigurdur Flosason is a splendid soloist, phrasing with a rich, expansive tone. All four performances have striking sponteneity and the Chandos recording is very much in the demonstration bracket. if you are unfamiliar with D’Indy’s music, this CD will make an admirable introduction to a very rewarding composer."
The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12
Artistic Quality 9 Sound Quality 9
“…this third volume in Chandos’ ongoing series deserves a spot on your shelf.”
David Hurwitz – Classicstoday.com – May 2011
"In addition to the revelation that this disc is in terms of lesser known wonderful orchestral repertoire, this is a first class introduction to the talent of the Iceland Symphony and its gifted director, maestro Gamba. I had never heard this ensemble before and they play very well indeed! It is often a good strategy for a lesser known orchestra to showcase music that is not previously recorded and given great audio treatment, as Chandos does! The overall sound of this group is on a par with any of the top orchestras in the world and I would look forward to hearing what they can with some of the “big beasts” in the repertory. I was amply impressed and recommend that you do as I intend to – go get the first two discs in this rewarding trilogy." ****
Audiophile Audition - 21 December 2010
Performance ***** Recording *****
BBC Music Magazine - May 2010
"Following their first two much-praised discs, Rumon Gamba and the Iceland Symphony further champion the lushly colourful and impressionistic orchestral music of Vincent d’Indy. The core of this programme is a clearly argued and well-paced performance of the composer’s Third Symphony. It’s a fascinating work that mixes straighforward militaristic passages with a high-Romantic, 20th century language that’s part Expressionist, part Impressionist. It’s framed by three delicious tone-poems."
Classic FM Magazine - May 2010
“… Vincent d’Indy wrote gorgeously expressive music that is scarcely played today. The Iceland SO and Rumon Gamba’s excellent advocacy reminds us that he was a sensual orchestral colourist, at once French and Teutonic in style. This volume includes the erotic Istar, the eccentric but appealing Choral varie Op 55 with solo saxophone and the highly charged heroic Symphony No 3, quasi-militaristic and full of big “nobilmente” tunes…” “ Bizarrely addictive.
The Observer - 4 April 2010
Because of his activities as a teacher, Vincent d'Indy has always been considered a dull and severe "petit maître". If, to a point, the Choral varié can match this description, such is not the case of the other works recorded here, from the lush exotic tone poem Istar, which reminds us of Dukas' La Péri, to the perfectly orchestrated Diptyque méditerranéen, full of sun and poetry.
The Sinfonia Brevis manages the exploit to reflect on the Great War without ever sounding too gloomy nor too jingoistic (even the final sparkling fanfare seems serene, then joyful, more than bellicose) and can be seen in my humble opinion as the opposite of, let's say, Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. It also proves that d'Indy's style is less classical and outdated than its reputation and far more hedonistic.
Colorful, enthusiastic, masterly orchestrated, these works are beautifully played by the Iceland Symphony under Mr Gamba, and the recording shines (especially in the Studio Master download that I strongly recommend if your gear supports it).