Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Albert Roussel, looking at his first major success, which vividly evokes the sights and sounds of India, where he spent his honeymoon.
Plus some of Roussel's earliest pieces, including a chamber work heavily indebted to his teacher Vincent d'Indy.
Amoureux Separes (Deux Poemes Chinois, Op 12, No 2)brilliant classics 8413chandos chan8887 t1-3
divertissement for wind quintet and pianodalton baldwin (piano)emi cds7492712 cd1 t1
rustiqueseric parkin (piano)frank van den brink (clarinet)hans roerade (oboe)herman jeurissen (horn)jet roling (piano)jos de lange (bassoon)kurt ollmann (baritone)paul verhey (flute)
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Albert Roussel, introducing a complete performance of his ballet set in the insect world, which came to be one of his most successful works. There is also an excerpt from a piece completed during his convalescence - his only opera, inspired by his fascination with the Far East.
Sarabande (Deux Melodies, Op 20, No 2)Roger Vignoles (piano)Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano)alouddin....jose van dambadal....laurence dalebbc philharmonicchandos chan9494 t23-52
padmavati (end of act 1)emi cds7478918 cd1 t7 and 8.
Donald Macleod presents a roussel stage work set in the insect worldgora....marc ventomichel plasson (conductor)nakamti....jane berbieorchestre du capitole du toulouseorfeon donostiarraratan-sen....nicolai geddathe brahman....charles burlesunicorn ukcd2078 t10
le festin de l'araigneeyan pascal tortelier (conductor)
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Albert Roussel, introducing works with connections to Serge Koussevitsky, who invited Roussel to compose for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
There is also a piece commissioned by the famous musical patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, who asked Roussel for a chamber piece for his favourite instrument - the flute.
Tytyre; Krishna (Joueurs de flute)brillian classics 8413 cd2 t15
suite in fbrilliant 8413 cd2 t5 and 6
duo for bassoon and double basshenk guittart (viola)herre-jan stegenga (cello)jet roling (piano)jos de lange (bassoon)naxos 8570529 t5-7
trio for flute, viola and cello, op 40 (final movement)new york philharmonicpan paul verhey (flute)paul verhey (flute)pierre boulez (conductor)quirijn van regteren altena (double bass)royal scottish national orchestrasony classical smk64107 t15-18z.
Donald Macleod introduces the work which established roussel's international reputationstephane deneve (conductor)timpani 1c1082 cd3 t3
symphony no 3
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Albert Roussel, introducing a group of Bacchanalian songs and a ballet based on the myth of Ariadne on Naxos, regarded by some as one of the masterpieces of the 20th Century.
Fanfare pour un Sacre Paienbbc philharmonicbramwell tovey (conductor)brass of the philharmonic orchestra of luxembourgchandos chan9494 t1-22.
Donald Macleod introduces a group of bacchanalian songs by rousseldalton baldwin (piano)emi cds7492712 cd2 t13, 14, 16
bacchus et arianeerato 3984 24240-2 cd2 t2-4
odes anacreontiques (op 31, nos 1 and 2; op 32, no 1)jean martinon (conductor)jose van dam (bass-baritone)orchestre national de l'ortftimpani 1c1082 t1
petite suiteyan pascal tortelier (conductor)
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Albert Roussel, introducing the vast setting of Psalm 80 written for Roussel's own 60th birthday celebrations, his only string quartet and the orchestral piece described as 'a model of parody and invention'.
Psalm 80benjamin butterfield (tenor)bramwell tovey (conductor)brilliant classics 8413 cd3 t4-7.
Donald Macleod introduces the setting of psalm 80 written for roussel's 60th birthdaydalton baldwin (piano)emi cds749271-2 cd1 t2
string quarteteuropachor akademiei musicikurt ollmann (baritone)philharmonic orchestra of luxemburgphilips 4266692 t10-12
coeur en peril (deux melodies, op 50, no 2)schonberg quartettimpani 1c1082 t1