Roussel: Évocations, Pour une fête de printemps & Suite in F Major City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Yan Pascal Tortelier

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Label: Chandos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Albert Roussel (1869 - 1937): Suite for Orchestra in F Major, Op. 33:
  • 1Suite for Orchestra in F Major, Op. 33: I. Prélude04:05
  • 2Suite for Orchestra in F Major, Op. 33: II. Sarabande04:57
  • 3Suite for Orchestra in F Major, Op. 33: III. Gigue04:22
  • Pour une fête de printemps, Op. 22:
  • 4Pour une fête de printemps, Op. 2211:12
  • Évocations, Op. 15:
  • 5Évocations, Op. 15: I. Les dieux dans l'ombre des cavernes (Live)13:34
  • 6Évocations, Op. 15: II. La ville rose (Live)09:49
  • 7Évocations, Op. 15: III. Aux bords du fleuve sacré (Live)22:03
  • Total Runtime01:10:02

Info for Roussel: Évocations, Pour une fête de printemps & Suite in F Major

Maestro Yan Pascal Tortelier celebrates his twenty five-year recording career and seventy-album discography on Chandos with this album of three of Roussel's most remarkable compositions. It follows a highly praised Birmingham concert with the same forces, namely the exceptional BBCPO and CBSO Chorus, and three revelatory soloists: Kathryn Rudge, 2017 BBC New Generation Artist, the young tenor Alessandro Fisher, joint first prize winner at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and François Le Roux, famous for his award-winning performances of French operas. Although very rarely recorded, Evocations stands as a monument in the compositional life of Roussel, depicting scenes, sounds, and colours from his experiences of India. Also featured are the audacious Pour une fete de printemps, originally composed as a Scherzo for his controversial Second Symphony, and the later Suite in F, which was performed in Paris several times after its Boston premiere, to critical acclaim.

"This is a wonderful treat…Tortelier draws a detailed, yet marvellously atmospheric performance from the BBC Philharmonic, perfectly judging the balance between moments of luxuriance and the need to keep the pace moving. In the final movement, soloists Kathryn Rudge, Alessandro Fisher and François le Roux are utterly idiomatic, while the CBSO chorus, shimmering in the numerous wordless passages, is in especially fine voice." (BBC Music Magazine)

"Tortelier is in his element in such music, and he consistently obtains playing of impressive refinement from the orchestra of which he used to be chief conductor, as well as bringing surging energy to the Suite’s motor rhythms." (The Arts Desk)

François le Roux, baritone
Alessandro Fisher, tenor
Kathryn Rudge, mezzo-soprano
BBC Philharmonic
CBSO Chorus
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

François Le Roux
was a member of the Opéra de Lyon from 1980 to 1985, after which he embarked on an international career, taking him to the Paris Opéra, La Scala, Milan, Covent Garden, London, La Fenice, Venice, Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, Zurich, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, Schwetzingen, Schleswig-Holstein, Hong Kong, Santa Fé and elsewhere, collaborating with the greatest conductors and orchestras. His repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to contemporary opera and his name is associated particularly with Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, at first as Pelléas (a recording for Deutsche Grammophon under Claudio Abbado), then, since 1997, as Golaud. He is also a leading exponent of Lieder and of French song on the concert stage and in recordings.

Alessandro Fisher
Winner of First Prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and an Associate Artist of Classical Opera, Alessandro Fisher is a member of the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme. He read read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar at Clare College, furthering his studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

His operatic engagements have included Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for the Sinfonia d’Amici, Don Polidoro La finta semplice for Classical Opera, Christian The First Commandment for Classical Opera, First Armed Man / Priest Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera at West Green House, Bellecourt Vert Vert for Garsington Opera, the title role Dardanus and the B Minor Mass for English Touring Opera, Law Student in Matthew Rogers’And London Burned for the Temple Church and Count Bandiera in Salieri’s La scuola de’ gelosi for Bampton Classical Opera. For Glyndebourne Opera’s Jerwood Project, he sang Banquo in Luke Styles’ Macbeth for at Glyndebourne and in the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

He appeared in Jonathan Miller’s production of the St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Spirit of Schubert with Graham Johnson. Concert engagements have further included Evangelist St John Passion at Milton Court, Handel Dixit Dominus andMessiah at the Jesuitenkirche, Innsbruck, Testo Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda for Andrew Lawrence-King and The Wallace Collection, Roussel’s Evocations with the BBC Philharmonic, Stravinsky’s Mass with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall, recitals at the English Song Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Wigmore Hall and Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery and BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day.

Alessandro Fisher sang Delmiro / Alindo Hipermestra at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival and made his debut at the 2018 Salzburg Festival as Lucano / First Soldier L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Current engagements include Bastien Bastien und Bastienne for Classical Opera, Fenton Falstaff for The Grange Festival, Britten’s War Requiem in Lincoln Cathedral, Roussel’sEvocations with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and An Italian Songbook at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2018. For Retrospect Opera, he will record Harlequin in Ethel Smythe’s Fête Galante with Lontano conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.

His recordings include Theodore in Edward Loder’s Raymond and Agnes with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Richard Bonynge for Retrospect Opera, Bastien und Bastienne with Classical Opera conducted by Ian Page on Signum CD (Nominated for a 2019 International Classical Music Award) and Roussel’s Evocations with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Yan-Pascal Tortelier on Chandos CD.

Kathryn Rudge
is a critically acclaimed professional concert/recording artist and opera singer from Liverpool. Described by What’s on Stage as ‘One of Britain’s brightest young mezzos’ and named as The Times ‘Rising Star of Classical Music.’ Kathryn regularly collaborates with leading singers, instrumentalists, composers, conductors, orchestras, choirs and ensembles for live concert/opera performances, broadcasts and recordings nationally and internationally.

Kathryn has performed leading opera roles to critical acclaim for major companies including; English National Opera (ENO), Garsington, Glyndebourne and Opera North; Rosina in (The Barber of Seville) for English National Opera on the London Coliseum and Nancy in (Albert Herring) at Buxton Opera House. During 2018 Kathryn toured the UK in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the role of ‘Zerlina’ with Opera North. Opera role credits also include; Cherubino in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro English National Opera London Coliseum (Professional opera debut 2011), Sesto (Handel’s Giulio Cesare) Opera North Leeds Grand Theatre/UK Tour, Annio (Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito) Opera North Leeds Grand Theatre/UK Tour and Hermia (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Opera North Leeds Grand Theatre/UK Tour. Cherubino (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro) Glyndebourne/UK Tour. Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini (Barbican Centre) and Leoncavallo’s Zaza (Barbican Centre) (Opera Rara), Dorabella in (Cosi Fan Tutte) Garsington Opera. Barber’s Erika (Vanessa), Helena (Offenbach’s La Belle Helene), Olga (Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin) Haddo House. Bizet’s Carmen (title role) at Glastonbury Abbey. (Productions directed by Francis Matthews, Tim Albery, Fiona Shaw, Martin Duncan, John Fulljames, Stefan Janski, Michael Grandage, Sir Jonathan Miller)

“The Biggest news of the evening is the Liverpudlian mezzo Kathryn Rudge. Her cleanly produced tone, sensitive colouring of words..combine with a vividly attractive stage personality to make something special” The Telegraph

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