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ALBERT ROUSSEL

Albert Roussel, born at Tourcoing on 5 April 1869, touched on almost all the styles of his era on the way to a personal idiom. A gifted student, he was sent to Paris in 1884 and studied at the Collège Stanislas. His early career was in the French Navy, where he rose to lieutenant and visited the Near East and China. Resigning in 1894, he settled in Paris to study music in earnest.

Entering the Schola Cantorum to study with Vincent d’Indy in 1898, he took over the counterpoint class four years later and taught a generation of composers including Eric Satie, Edgard Varèse and Bohuslav Martinů. Roussel’s output falls into three main periods. From 1902–13 he absorbed the Impressionistic tendencies of such composers as Debussy and Ravel, evident in his First Symphony and choral work Evocations, arriving at an idiom of great refinement and subtlety in his ballet Le festin d’araignée.

The years of the First World War were occupied with an ambitious opera-ballet Padmâvatî, its Hindu-derived scenario a testament to his imagination and its harmonic complexity to an exploration of new musical territory. This was mined extensively in works from 1918 to 1925, notably the Second Symphony, the opera La naissance de la lyre and his Second Violin Sonata. This musical soul-searching was succeeded around 1925 by a mature idiom which, while related to European neo-Classicism, is highly personal in its subtle harmonies, intricate counterpoint and energetic rhythms. Notable works include the comic opera Le testament de la tante Caroline, the ballets Bacchus et Ariane and Aenéas, the Third and Fourth Symphonies, a setting of Psalm 80, and chamber works including the String Quartet and String Trio. This period also coincided with his growing success outside France, notably in the United States where he made a triumphal visit in 1930, but failing health gradually took its toll. Following a heart attack, he died at Royan on 23 August 1937 and was buried overlooking the sea: a composer whose music was always created for its own sake.

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A ROUSSEL Complete Symphonies Naxos 8.504017

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Autographes Vocaux (Les) - INDY, V. d' / WIDOR, C.-M. / ROPARTZ, J.-G. / BUSSER, H. / SCHMITT, F. / HUE, G. / ROUSSEL, A. (1930-1931) Timpani
1C1201
Orchestral
BEZALY, Sharon: French Delights BIS
BIS-SACD-1639
Vocal, Chamber Music
BIZET, G.: Carmen Suites / DEBUSSY, C.: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune / ROUSSEL, A.: Le festin de l'araign / FAURE: Masques et bergamasques Oehms Classics
OC329
Orchestral
Chamber Music (French Flute Quintets) - TOURNIER, M. / SCHMITT, F. / PIERNE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. / ROUSSEL, A. (Mirage Quintet) Naxos
8.570444
Chamber Music
GRAHAM, Susan: Live at the Verbier Festival (2009) (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3079128
Classical Concert
Guitar Recital: Segovia, Andres - PONCE, M.M. / MORENO TORROBA, F. / ESPLA, O. / ROUSSEL, A. / SEGOVIA, A. / TANSMAN, A. / GRANADOS, E. (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81151
Instrumental
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299 / DEBUSSY, C.: 2 Danses / RAVEL, M.: Introduction et Allegro / INDY, V. d': Suite, Op. 91 (Jamet) Timpani
2C2122
Chamber Music
MUSIC FOR COLORATURA SOPRANO, FLUTE AND PIANO BIS
BIS-CD-45
Vocal
Orchestral Music (French) - MEHUL, E.-N. / BERLIOZ, H. / LALO, E. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / CHARPENTIER, G. / ROUSSEL, A. / DUPONT, G.E.X. (Wolff) Timpani
4C4024
Orchestral
POULENC / IBERT / JOLIVET / ROUSSEL: Orchestral Music BIS
BIS-CD-630
Orchestral
POULENC: Flute Sonata / OLSSON: Romance / FAURE: Fantaisie BIS
BIS-CD-160
Chamber Music
ROUSSEL, A.: Aeneas / Psalm 80 / Fanfare pour un sacre paien / Le bardit des francs (Tovey) Timpani
1C1082
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Ballet
ROUSSEL, A.: Bacchus et Ariane (Bacchus and Ariadne) / Symphony No. 3 (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deneve) Naxos
8.570245
Orchestral, Ballet
ROUSSEL, A.: Bacchus et Ariane Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / Symphony No. 2 (Orchestre de Paris, Eschenbach) Ondine
ODE1065-2
Orchestral
ROUSSEL, A.: Festin de l'araignee (Le) / Padmavati Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deneve) Naxos
8.572243
Ballet, Orchestral
ROUSSEL, A.: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (Armengaud) Naxos
8.573093
Instrumental
ROUSSEL, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 (Orchestre de Paris, Eschenbach) Ondine
ODE1092-2
Orchestral
ROUSSEL, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Radio France Philharmonic, M. Janowski) Newton Classics
NC8802173
Orchestral
ROUSSEL, A.: Symphony No. 1, "Le poeme de la foret" / Resurrection / Le marchand de sable qui passe (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deneve) Naxos
8.570323
Orchestral
ROUSSEL, A.: Symphony No. 2 / Pour une fete de printemps / Suite in F Major (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deneve) Naxos
8.570529
Orchestral
ROUSSEL, A.: Symphony No. 3 / Le festin de l'araignee (Orchestre de Paris, Eschenbach) Ondine
ODE1107-2
Ballet, Orchestral
ROUSSEL, A.: Symphony No. 4 / Rapsodie Flamande / Petite Suite / Sinfonietta (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deneve) Naxos
8.572135
Orchestral
ROUSSEL, A.: Vocal Music (Devellereau, Beuron, Naouri) Timpani
2C2150
Vocal
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Songs of the Earth Altissimo
75442260012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Recital: Souzay, Gerard - FAURE, G. / POULENC, F. / RAVEL, M. / LEGUERNEY, J. / HAHN, R. / DUPARC, H. / GOUNOD, C.-F. (Melodies Francaises) Newton Classics
NC8802007
Vocal
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 4 (1921-1955) Naxos Historical
8.111218
Instrumental

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