Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
Label: RCA Legacy
Manufacturer: RCA Legacy
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: RCA Legacy
Release Date: May 04, 2011
Running Time: 74 minutes
Studio: RCA Legacy
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Roussel: Symphonies by JANOWSKI, MAREK
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The fact that Roussel's four symphonies aren't better known is a pity, but surely the fault of his own countrymen. Symphonies were never a French specialty, and of the four great French practitioners of the symphonic art at the first decades of this century (Honegger, Roussel, Tournemire, and Magnard), only Honegger seems to have firmly established himself in the international repertoire. While Roussel's Third was championed by conductors like Charles Munch and Leonard Bernstein, even in France the remaining works are neglected. They are, however, one and all, excellently crafted pieces: tuneful, pithy, and very listenable. If you like one, you'll like them all; so this first-rate set is both good listening and good sense. --David Hurwitz
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