Albert Roussel - One of the most prominent composers in France between the Wars.

Paris Conservatory And Andrè Cluytens Play Music Of Roussel – 1949 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Albert Roussel - One of the most prominent composers in France between the Wars.

Albert Roussel – One of the most prominent composers in France between the Wars.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Albert Roussel – Bacchus et Ariane – Paris Conservatory, Andrè Cluytens, cond. – 1949 Besançon Festival – ORTF – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

More music from the 1949 Besançon Festival in France this week, featuring the legendary Paris Conservatoire Orchestra led by Andrè Cluytens.

This weekend it’s the second suite from the ballet Bacchus et Ariane by Albert Roussel, written in 1930 and premiered by the great French conductor and composer Phillipe Gaubert at The Paris Opera.

This recording from the 1949 Besançon Festival has most likely not been reissued, although I did run it via my other site several years ago in less-than-good sound. If you have the earlier one, this is an upgrade.

In any case, it’s a very spirited performance by one of the great ensembles led by one of the giants of the concert stage.

Enjoy.

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1 Response

  1. fremaux123 says:

    Thanks so much Gordon for this historical performance: together with Munch and Martinon (who studied with Roussel), this work several times performed under the elegant Cluytens is a reference. The OSSCP (the former Orchestre de Paris) is perfect there. The live performance is definitely a plus too.