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Robert Casadesus Symphonies No. 1, 5 & 7 CD

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HASH(0x96c12078) out of 5 stars Symphony #1 is the winner here. 26 Dec. 2006
By David DeLucia - Published on
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All of these pieces are worth a listen, but especially the Symphony #1 which has a particularly haunting slow movement with expert writing for winds. The 5th symphony is similar, perhaps too similar to justify recording both. It strikes me as a slightly watered down version of the 1st symphony, with less interesting themes and motives. As for the 7th Symphony, the second movement is a gentle reflective treatment of wordless children's and adult voices that is very effective. Unfortuately, in the outer movements, the same wordless choirs are used in a more harsh and strident way, destroying the effect. Still, worth acquiring for the 1st Symphony, one of Casadesus' most beautiful works.
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HASH(0x97761424) out of 5 stars A mildly interesting release 8 Jan. 2010
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I've encountered Robert Casadesus's music before, and I am frankly more impressed by his chamber and instrumental music than by these symphonies. Stylistically, his music (at least the music here) owes much to Roussel and something, perhaps, to Milhaud and Martinu (and Hindemith). But it doesn't really approach the level of quality of these composers when it comes to inspiration or memorability.

The fist symphony dates from 1934-35 and is a pretty fine work; there are some decent if perhaps not exactly memorable ideas here, but at least the whole thing is varied and colorful - the final movement is even quite impressive. The fifth symphony dates from 1959-60 and is again a relatively attractive work, but it is very predictable and not genuinely inspired - nothing memorable, and the Haydn-homage only painfully underlines what Casadesus's music lacks in ingenuity, humor and profundity; adding wrong notes to plain melodies isn't in itself innovative, nor does it necessarily improve works that already verge on the dull.

The seventh symphony, subtitled `Israel' and inspired by the Six Days War (it was written 1967-70), is serious and earnest but again relatively uninspired, to be honest. The rhythmic and melodic material is annoyingly predictable, even if there are some good ideas in there, and Casadesus doesn't seem to be able to construct a musical argument - note-spinning is not a decent proxy, but this symphony doesn't really have much else. The performances are excellent; dynamic and rhythmically alive, so there are no complaints about that - the problem is that Shelley and his band don't have very much interesting to work with. I don't want to sound too dismissive - the adventuresome might find several things to enjoy here - but to be honest there's so much more deserving and rewarding repertoire out there that I don't want to give this release more than a cautious recommendation.
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