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Louis Lortie, BBC Philharmonic & Yan Pascal Tortelier - Franck: Orchestral Works (2001)

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Louis Lortie, BBC Philharmonic & Yan Pascal Tortelier - Franck: Orchestral Works (2001)
Artist: Louis Lortie, BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier
Title Of Album: Franck: Symphony in D Minor, Symphonic Variations, Les Eolides
Year Of Release: 2001
Label: Chandos
Country: Various Countries
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, booklet)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 61:45
Full Size: 243 MB





Tracklist:

1. Les Eolides
2. Symphonic Variations

Symphony in D minor
3. Lento - Allegro non troppo
4. Allegretto
5. Allegro non troppo

Yan Pascal Tortelier's long series of French music recordings has often proved ideal in tone colour, pacing and expressive style, limited only by the orchestras' technique. Happily the BBC Philharmonic, like the Ulster Orchestra before it, has steadily improved towards performances that appeal more deeply than the relatively slick catalogue conducted by Charles Dutoit - not a current option for Franck's Symphony anyway. This time Les Eolides joins a well-tried pairing. It's a fleet, atmospheric tone poem whose delicacy of sound will surprise listeners who know only the Symphony. Really it is more typical of Franck, as witness at least the Symphony's middle movement. Tortelier feels slow in this latter fusion of scherzo and lyrical interlude, until the pointed vitality of the more animated music vindicates him. The whole Symphony has unusual rhythmic energy and, elsewhere, pace, moving the first movement on so that the big tunes pick up momentum instead of making the structure sag. Incisive brass tone helps the climaxes glow and exult. Again typically fresh, Romantic and fluent in the Symphonic Variations, Tortelier has an evident ally in Lortie, who makes the beginning conversational rather than brusque and unfolds the melodies with broad rubato and a full tonal range. There's a lovely transition to the central variations, and a surging finale. Chandos catches the bright sound colours and keeps resonance under control. Main items become clear choices in the absence of idiomatic alternatives for the Symphony, and for the Variations unless you fancy more offbeat couplings from Roge (ASV) and the historical Cortot (Naxos or Philips).

Performance *****
Sound ****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001

Louis Lortie, BBC Philharmonic & Yan Pascal Tortelier - Franck: Orchestral Works (2001)



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