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‘Vincent d’Indy for me is the missing link in a long, great line of French composers. Perhaps it’s his assimilation of the Wagnerian style which permeates his work so succinctly, centered on harmony and vibrant colours, but the inherent melodrama in Médée makes one suspect Alban Berg might have known it intimately; it unmistakably foreshadows Samuel Barber’s Medea.

Saugefleurie continues where Parsifal left off, and with it d’Indy succeeds in creating his very own haunting sound world.

Karadec represents the composer at his best, infusing chamber-like intimacy in a work that is imbued with Breton folk-flavour at every moment!’

Darrell Ang

Vincent D’INDY (1851–1931)
Karadec Suite • Saugefleurie

Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Darrel Ang

Described by Gabriel Fauré as the ‘Samson of Music’, Vincent d’Indy enriched French musical culture considerably as it made its transition into the 20th century. His orchestral works in particular demonstrate great skill and creativity, with his eclectic style often drawing inspiration from other composers, especially Wagner. At other times his music integrates Gregorian chant or French folk tunes, as in two of the works that feature on this recording, Médée and Karadec, both drawn from his incidental music for plays. Based on a poem about a lonely fairy, d’Indy’s superbly crafted symphonic poem Saugefleurie is permeated by Wagner’s influence while remaining quintessentially French.

Listen to an extract from Médée, Op. 47:
V. Le Triomphe auroral
INDY, V. d': Médée / Karadec Suite / Saugefleurie
Dmitry KABALEVSKY (1904–1987)
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Colas Breugnon Overture
Pathétique Overture

Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Darrell Ang

Dmitry Kabalevsky found his mature style and achieved international success with his first opera Colas Breugnon, the overture of which was soon picked up as an orchestral showpiece in the West. The Second Symphony was likewise championed by conductors such as Arturo Toscanini, its bittersweet sense of drama and lyricism comparable with Prokofiev. Dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the First Symphony illustrates progress from oppression to liberation, while the later Pathétique Overture is a rousing and highly effective reminder of Kabalevsky’s skill in orchestration.

Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 19:
I. Allegro quasi presto
INDY, V. d': Piano Sonata / Tableaux de Voyage (excerpts)
Vincent d’INDY (1851–1931)
Piano Sonata in E, Op. 63
Tableaux de Voyage (excerpts)

Jean-Pierre Armengaud

A student of Franck, Vincent d’Indy (1851–1931) founded the Schola Cantorum de Paris where he taught for many years. He was also a conductor, with a busy schedule of international touring. His compositions were permeated by the influence of Wagner – he attended the premiere of the Ring cycle – but in time he also absorbed the influence of French folk music, especially from the Vivarais, his ancestral home.

Vincent d’Indy’s large-scale Piano Sonata is one of a small but masterful sequence of nonprogrammatic instrumental works that he wrote in the first decade of the 20th century. Notable for a novel application of variation form in its opening movement it fuses experimentation with expressive power. Poetic atmospheres and landscapes are evoked in the Tableaux de voyage, postcards of his walks in Germany.

Listen to an extract from
Piano Sonata in E, Op. 63: III. Premier mouvement –
About the Artists
Darrell Ang studied conducting in St Petersburg and at Yale, taking all three top awards at the 50th Besançon International Young Conductors’ Competition. He has been the artistic director and chief conductor of China’s Sichuan Symphony since December 2016. His first disc for Naxos was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2016 (8.570611). He regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world, including the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
Founded in 1925, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is one of Sweden's leading orchestras. Performing the full breadth of the symphonic repertoire, the MSO collaborates with prominent international conductors and soloists, including its current chief conductor Marc Soustrot. The MSO has won critical acclaim for its numerous recordings with leading record labels, including first prizes in competitions such as the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or.
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‘Darrell Ang leads a bold, gutsy performance, swiftly paced and played with great confidence.’
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