More Roussel from Stéphane Denève and the RSNO
June 12, 2007
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, led by Stéphane Denève, recently recorded Albert Roussel’s tone poem, Pour une fête de printemps, Op.22, and Symphony No. 2 in Bb, Op. 23.
Both works were composed between 1919 and 1921. The tone poem was first conceived as part of the Second Symphony, but grew into a standalone work of vibrant character. The symphony, a compelling work, is unusual in the composer’s oeuvre due to its overall sombre cast.
The recordings were done on May 30th and June 1st, 2007, at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UK. Tim Handley produced and engineered the sessions, which were recorded in Surround Sound. A third work, the well-known neo-classical Suite en Fa, from 1926, was recorded in 2006, and will round out the CD when released.
Future Roussel releases from this same orchestra and conductor will include the composer’s Sinfonietta and Rapsodie flamande on one disc, and his Symphony No. 4, Petite Suite and Concert pour petit orchestre, on another. Their initial Roussel offering (8.570245) has garnered rave reviews in the classical music press.