Jane Evrard And The Women’s String Orchestra Of Paris Play Roussel – 1956 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone
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Not the world premier recording (that happened in 1934 and that performance may not exist), but instead the performance by the dedicatee, who conducted the same orchestra as the premier. Only this one is from around 1956.
Jane Evrard and the Women’s String Orchestra of Paris had two firsts: Jane Evrard was the first Woman to conduct an orchestra in France, and the Women’s String Orchestra of Paris was the first exclusively Women’s performing body in Europe. And both were highly celebrated and regarded in musical circles.
So this broadcast performance, recorded by the ORTF (Radio France in a previous incarnation) around 1956 serves as perhaps the next best thing. Because of her close relationship with the composer, Jane Evrard brings with her an authority of phrasing and execution which would only come with someone closely linked to a works’ inception.
This may or may not be the same performance as was issued several years ago on CD via the Malabran label in France. My source are the original transcription discs and I haven’t heard the CD reissue so I haven’t been able to make comparisons.
In either case, the performance is stunning.