“For a long time d’Indy was to me a name in music dictionaries, so when Klaus Heymann suggested I should have a look at his music for Naxos, it was the sudden revelation of a composer at the junction between Debussy’s hedonism and Franck’s symphonic masterworks, plus a hint of French folk music, a bit like Canteloube. I felt completely enthusiastic about d’Indy’s Second Symphony, his masterwork in my opinion. It’s the true discovery of one of the greatest French symphonies, a masterful elaboration of powerful music of heroic fantasy. So d’Indy is, against all odds, a musician of flesh and blood, lyrical and passionate. For this album, we added our favourite music of his: Istar, an oriental symphonic poem, as well as Souvenirs, the moving evocation of his loving wife, and the irresistible lyricism of the Prelude to Fervaal.”
Vincent d’Indy is one of the most important yet neglected figures in French musical history. Though he was celebrated as a teacher, his eclectic yet inventive orchestral music has taken longer to secure him fame. The Symphony No. 2 in B flat major has a powerful architectural design within which tensions between tradition and innovation are played out, and through which the composer draws on folk motifs and his religious faith alike. The powerful, grief-laden symphonic poem Souvenirs was dedicated to the memory of his late wife whilst Istar is a majestic series of variations. The Prelude to Fervaal, his first opera, reveals atmospheric Wagnerian writing.
Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 2:
II. Modéré – Très animé
About the Artists
Jean-Luc Tingaud was born in 1969 and studied with Manuel Rosenthal, himself a pupil of Maurice Ravel. His concert engagements include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, the Warsaw and Kraków Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National de Lyon, and the Orchestre National de Lorraine.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra and became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950. It was awarded Royal Patronage in 1991. Throughout its history the orchestra has played an integral part in Scotland’s musical life. The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’Or de l’année awards for Symphonic Music and eight GRAMMY® Awards nominations over the last decade.
Paul Dukas is famed for his brilliant, meticulously scored symphonic scherzo The Sorcerer’sApprentice, first performed in 1897, which almost immediately entered the international repertoire. It was subsequently the focus of a ballet and later Walt Disney’s film Fantasia. Magical scoring is also a feature of La péri, a poème dansé of great imaginative verve. The delightful, colourful Symphony in C was composed mid-way between these works. For this recording, manuscript sources for the three works were consulted, including the hitherto private proofs of the first edition of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, ensuring rigorously faithful performances.
Listen to an extract from
La péri: Poème dansé
“…this new Naxos release from Dublin, under rising young conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, steps to the head of the pack. We seem to have before our ears a French George Szell in the making. Tingaud’s performance of La Péri would sweep the field … And his Sorcerer’s Apprentice need not apologize to anyone … the music comes across beautifully, with Szell-like articulation. There is not a hint of Disney. The Irish putting on French airs will impress you.”
The success of Bizet’s opera Carmen has overshadowed the rest of his output, but this fascinating orchestral programme, which includes a number of seldom performed works, reveals more of his talent for writing colourful, atmospheric and melodic music. The Overture in A was Bizet’s first orchestral work and unperformed in his lifetime, while the Marche funèbre was originally the prelude to an opera about love and vengeance, now lost. The dramatic overture Patrie captures the mood following the Franco-Prussian war of 1870–71, while the Petite suite is a set of orchestrations of movements from Jeux d’enfants (Children’s Games). Conceived in Italy as a symphony, after Bizet had won the Prix de Rome, Roma occupied the composer for 11 years before the final version heard here.
Listen to an extract from Roma:
IV. Allegro vivacissimo
“…this disc offers delights aplenty, not least thanks to Jean-Luc Tingaud’s stylish and alert conducting. Everything is in place, nothing is rushed, even at the fastest tempo, and nothing drags at the slowest; …it’s particularly good to have the teenage Overture in A as testimony to the composer’s precocious understanding of the orchestra.”
- BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★
Rossini adapted his own Italian opera of 1820, Maometto, for the Parisian stage under the title of Le Siège de Corinthe. As Rossini’s original work had already absorbed distinctive French characteristics such as heroic arias, and characterisation through orchestral colour, the newly composed music for the reworking makes for a powerful and compelling operatic tour de force. With its historical subject matter and tragic ending, Le Siège de Corinthe anticipates the advent of grand opera.
Listen to an extract from Act I:
Marche et Choeur: La flamme rapide
“The chorus are well up to Rossini’s extended demands whilst, on the rostrum, Jean-Luc Tingaud is fully at home in the idiom … this audio recording [does] Rossini’s creation full justice. It also allows enthusiasts to appreciate his first venture into the French style of composition which was to last all too briefly.”
- MusicWeb International