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This new release will be of interest to those who know little of César Franck's output apart from his organ works and the Symphony in D minor; and the compilation of these three particular orchestral pieces is difficult to find elsewhere on one album.

Jean-Luc Tingaud's previous releases of French repertoire for Naxos have been widely acclaimed, including a 10/10 score by ClassicsToday.com for Poulenc’s Les Biches (8.573739), while his reading of d'Indy's Second Symphony (8.573522) was "very strongly, if not urgently, recommended" by Fanfare. Additionally, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's excellent reputation is further vindicated by the outstanding performances on this new recording.

César FRANCK (1822–1890)
Psyché *
Les Éolides
Le Chasseur maudit

RCS Voices *
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Jean-Luc Tingaud

César Franck was a childhood prodigy who gained later renown as an organist and teacher. His compositions received scant attention until the success of Le Chasseur maudit, a symphonic morality tale that vividly portrays the ‘accursed huntsman’ from his defiance of the Sabbath to a dramatic chase and a horrific fate. Les Éolides is infused with Wagnerian colours and depicts the mythological Aeolids as they reawaken nature with their song. Franck’s lushly orchestrated final symphonic poem Psyché expresses the power of love in dreams and a passionate union.

Listen to an extract from Psyché:
Part II: Les jardins d'Eros
About the Artists
Jean-Luc Tingaud studied with the French composer and conductor Manuel Rosenthal. He has made numerous appearances as music director for prestigious opera productions, including Pénélope and Le Roi malgré lui (Wexford Festival), Roméo et Juliette (Lisbon and Arena di Verona), La Damnation de Faust (Reims), Pelléas et Mélisande and Carmen (Toulon) and The Turn of the Screw (Lille). His concert appearances include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras. Its artistic team is led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, who was appointed RSNO music director in 2018. The orchestra performs across Scotland and appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the St Magnus Festival, Orkney, in addition to undertaking international tours. 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.
RCS Voices was established at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014. The group gave its first public performances in Glasgow in 2015, when it also made its Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) debut as the chorus in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, under whom it performed in the EIF’s 2019 production of Götterdämmerung alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
More recordings of French orchestral music conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud
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‘Tingaud draws clear contours with the thematic ideas in this music. The recording detail allows Poulenc’s witty orchestration to really shine here.’
Cinemusical ★★★★
8.573522
INDY, V. d':
Symphony No. 2
Souvenirs • Istar • Fervaal

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Tingaud
★★★★★
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★★★★
‘This recording of [d’Indy’s] works by Tingaud and his Scottish orchestra should absolutely fire up new interest in a composer who has been unjustly neglected.’
Fanfare
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‘The well-played performances under Jean-Luc Tingaud suit the music, being pointedly lively, flowing, and unfailingly intelligent, and the sonics are bright and clear.’
ClassicsToday.com
8.573296
DUKAS, P.:
Symphony in C
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice • La péri

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Tingaud
★★★★
‘The conductor has prepared his band well; they sound quite French in these performances, with the bright brass sonorities [and] suave playing in the other departments as well.’
Audiophile Audition ★★★★


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