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OD 1092

ROUSSEL, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 (Orchestre de Paris, Eschenbach)

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release date: July 2010

Originally recorded in 2010


Orchestre de Paris

Eschenbach, Christoph

Christoph Eschenbach


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Total Time - 66:43
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, "Le poeme de la foret"

1 I. Foret d'hiver 6:17
2 II. Renouveau 8:30
3 III. Soir d'ete 10:43
4 IV. Faunes et dryades 16:19

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53

5 I. Lento - Allegro con brio 7:10
6 II. Lento molto 10:32
7 III. Allegro scherzando 3:09
8 IV. Allegro molto 4:03
 Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
 Eschenbach, Christoph

This Albert Roussel disc couples his First and Fourth Symphonies. It is the second volume in a cycle of three releases featuring the four symphonies and two ballets by the French composer. Performed by the Orchestre de Paris and its music director Christoph Eschenbach, the Fourth Symphony, written in 1934, is considered the crowning achievement of Roussel’s career. The First Symphony was completed in 1906 and consists of four movements tracing the four seasons with their descriptive titles.

"Christoph Eschenbach skilfully guides his players through the sylvan glades and urban landscapes of these contrasting works."

Matthew Rye

The Daily Telegraph - 24 March 2007

"As with his recording of No. 2, Eschenbach’s accounts are highly evocative and beautifully phrased. (...) in Le poème de la forêt (...) he finds the poetry of this quietly sumptuous score. (...) What makes this newcomer recommendable is the superb playing and Ondine’s first-rate sound."

Guy Rickards

Gramohpne - April 2007

                        Performance *****

"[Christoph Eschenbach’s] magnificent account of the First Symphony is unsurpassed."

Christopher Dingle

BBC Music Magazine - April 2007

"Under Christoph Eschenbach’s direction, the Orchestre de Paris delivers an enormously beautiful-sounding, excellently conceived plea for this French composer."

Oswald Beaujean

Partituren - July/August 2007

                       Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9

"Eschenbach’s trenchant reading alongside the expert playing of the Orchestre de Paris upholds Roussel’s claim as France’s finest 20th-century symphonist."

David Hurwitz - August 2007

"It’s fair to suggest that Eschenbach’s Paris orchestra outplays them all (...). He certainly enjoys the clearest, most up-to-date sonics. (...) This is beguilling music. Roussel belongs in every collection."

Phillip Scott

Fanfare - September/October 2007

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