EMI has had their share of questionable reissues lately, but with the "Gemini" series, the label's new incredibly inexpensive two-disc budget classical line, they've produced some real winners. A recent batch of releases (November 21, 2006) features a half-dozen must have titles, including this one showcasing the French composer Roussel. The highlight here is classic performances of the 3rd and 4th Symphonies, and the less frequently recorded Sinfonietta, by Andre Cluytens and the Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire from the mid 1960s. If you didn't plunk down $20 four years ago for the Cluytens Testament CD like I did (Roussel: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Bacchus & Ariane Suite; Sinfonietta -- see my review), then you have all the more reason to buy this two-fer. Despite this I am very glad to have purchased this set for the selections on CD 1. I have many Bacchus et Ariane Suites (including one by Cluytens on that aforementioned Testament), but no complete performances of the work, and Georges Pretre and the French National Orchestra's early digital recording is magical. However, the real discovery was Pierre Dervaux and Orchestre Colonne's account of the 2nd Symphony. This is a new work for me, and a relatively new conductor for me as well, having recently stumbled upon a stunning 3CD set of entitled Dervaux plays D'Indy, Pierne, and Rabaud. It is a subdued Symphony, requiring several listenings before I could fully process its beauty, but very rewarding after having done so. In all, this is rousing Roussel, and another delightful reissue from my current favorite series -- Gemini!!!