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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Roussel's 4 Symphonies and other works!!!!, 19 Oct 2014
This review is from: Roussel: The Complete Symphonies and Other Orchestral Works (Audio CD)
I was able to hear Stephane Deneve and the RSNO on many occasions while he was their Music Director from 2005 to 2012. He led them very well and, being French, certainly had a strong affinity with French music like Debussy and Albert Roussel. So it was good that he and the RSNO were able to record all four of Roussel's symphonies plus other works that he wrote on the NAXOS label, particularly as his music is largely unknown and not played very often in the concert hall, at least in Britain. For me Deneve's interpretations on these recordings are spot on and he does draw some wonderful playing from the RSNO.

Much of Roussel's music was written in the early 20th century and his First Symphony was premièred in 1908 and is much like Debussy and very pleasant to listen to.

But his next three symphonies were in a different style and sounded darker and more intense. His Second Symphony actually was awarded The Gramophone editor's choice and is my favourite of all his symphonies. The RSNO woodwind playing in its opening movement is beautiful, building to an exciting climax in the brass. The final two movements are more mysterious, leading to richer sounds in the brass and strong but sensitive string playing.

His Third Symphony is coupled with Roussel's excellent ballet Bacchus et Ariane and won the Diapason d'Or de L'Annee in 2007.
The ballet has two suites and is exquisitely played by the RSNO with stunning trumpet and woodwind solos, especially the flute.
Other notable orchestral works in this Roussel box set include Pour une fete de printemps, Sinfonietta, Petite Suite, Rapsodie Flamande and Resurrection- Symphonic Prelude.

All in all an excellent introduction to Roussel's Music recorded by a very gifted conductor and orchestra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Box Set from Naxos, 6 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Roussel: The Complete Symphonies and Other Orchestral Works (Audio CD)
The individual discs of this box set are well regarded, so at a sub £10 price this has to be a genuine bargain! The recording quality is Naxos at it's usual best and the Stephane Deneve lead Royal Scottish National Orchestra give, at least to my ears, fine interpretations of Roussel's symphonies. If you are unfamiliar with Roussel's work, like Holst at his planetary best and want to hear something new, then buy this set and you'll not be disappointed.
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