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Steven Kruger
Fanfare, November 2017

The d’Indy Second features a gripping rondo finale in quintuple meter, and the Fervaal Prelude is mesmeric, a great favorite of mine over the years—a sort of “counter-Tristan prelude” in mood. Istar is a wonderful set of variations constructed backwards, as if Istar were putting on her clothes and finally declaring “There!” © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

The Absolute Sound, May 2017


…the orchestra plays wonderfully overall. © 2017 The Aboslute Sound

David Barker
MusicWeb International, March 2017

The performances here are uniformly excellent, at least the equal of the Icelanders and Gamba. The various solo episodes, the viola theme at the start of the third movement of the symphony, for example, are beautifully played. Tingaud is perhaps a little more strident in places, sacrificing lushness of sound for dynamic effect. That’s not a negative in any way. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, January 2017

Performances are excellent and sympathetic. Tingaud’s conducting shows the numerous interconnections that make the symphony such a masterpiece, but not at the expense of making enjoyable music. At 42 minutes, it’s about midway in length between its competent competing readings. He also leads the tone poems eloquently, though, like everyone nowadays, he takes Istar’s unclad scene much too fast. The score has no such direction, and beauty of such purity should never be rushed. Recorded sound is excellent, with good balances. The symphony especially has a host of fascinating details and you can easily hear them. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2017

…Jean-Luc Tingaud and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have opened my ears to music new to me which is full of life, vibrant colors, and extraordinary beauty. …This recording of his works by Tingaud and his Scottish orchestra should absolutely fire up new interest in a composer who has been unjustly neglected. Very strongly, if not urgently, recommended. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, December 2016

Jean-Luc Tingaud conducts the Royal National Orchestra in a set of dynamic, very serviceable readings that bring out the orchestrational excellence of the works and provide a clear roadmap through the thickets and twists of D’Indy’s mature musical mind. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Roger Nichols
BBC Music Magazine, December 2016


Of the four works recorded here, the symphonic variations Istar are by some way the best known and, as it happens, the best played.

Certainly the powerful, impressive Second Symphony deserves to be heard more often and, despite one or two balance problems at climaxes and a less than pre-eminent trumpet at the final entry of the fugue subject in the last movement, this overall is an honest and enjoyable interpretation. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine

Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, November 2016

Different types of compositions from Vincent d’Indy are combined on this CD, showing his French descent as well as his preference for Wagner’s music. The fine performances offer the chance to meet a slightly unknown composer in-depth. © 2016 Pizzicato

Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, November 2016

The quality of the playing and engineering again shines through in the complex textures of the big climaxes… This is an impressively compact score rich in detail and incident and one that thoroughly deserves more concert outings than I suspect it gets.

Lovely music that deserves to be more widely known. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Tim Ashley
Gramophone, October 2016

…Superbly done. The anguish of Souvenirs really hits home. Istar sounds very sensual and the RSNO have a field day with its virtuoso scoring, particularly the brass and woodwind, who are on fine form throughout. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2016

If Vincent D’Indy had found a famous conductor to champion his substantial portfolio of music, it may never have fallen into the today’s unjustified neglect. He had been an organ and composition student of César Franck, but was much in the thrall of Wagner, his often outspoken dislike of some the French Impressionist school—Ravel in particular—doing nothing to win him friends, though he was eventually to become a guiding light in Paris’s Schola Cantorum. The Second Symphony is a weighty and immaculately crafted score completed in 1903, and dedicated to Paul Dukas with whom he shared a musical parentage. He had a ready gift for memorable thematic material, and an equal ability to take it in directions that we are not expecting. For musicologists, the accompanying booklet contains a worthy treatise, though you may prefer just to give yourself to this gorgeous score, its finale in a dramatic mode. Souvenirs came three years later, its dedication to his ‘Good Friend’ being his wife, who had just died at an early age. Sadness frames a whole cosmos of emotions that he leaves us to interpret. Very different is Istar, a story of an exotic striptease by the Goddess, Istar, here retold in a subtly coloured score. In the opera house and concert hall, the conductor, Jean-Luc Tingaud, has impressed me as one of the most rewarding interpreters of French music, and he has obtained some of the finest playing I have heard from the Royal Scottish National. The sound engineer avoids that added reverberation that has marred a whole raft of their past releases on other labels. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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