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Albert Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 (Complete) / Le festin de l'araignée (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17 (Complete) - Yan Pascal Tortelier / BBC Philharmonic
Albert Roussel, Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic
Albert Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 (Complete) / Le festin de l'araignée (The Spider's Banquet), Op. 17 (Complete) - Yan Pascal Tortelier / BBC Philharmonic
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These two ballet masterpieces belong with the works of Ravel and Stravinsky at the pinnacle of French dance music from the interwar period. They are very different sounding. The Spider's Feast, as befits an "insect" pie...  more »

      
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These two ballet masterpieces belong with the works of Ravel and Stravinsky at the pinnacle of French dance music from the interwar period. They are very different sounding. The Spider's Feast, as befits an "insect" piece, is a delicate impressionist tone poem painted in musical watercolors. Bacchus, by contrast, is a symphonically constructed epic told in pungent melodies and clear-cut, stamping rhythms. The second half of the ballet, also known as Suite No. 2, has long been popular at orchestral concerts, and builds up to a smashing ending. Yan Pascal Tortelier's performances of both works are the best available, both as interpretations and sound. --David Hurwitz

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Two Great Ballets
D. A Wend | Buffalo Grove, IL USA | 03/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bacchus and Ariane (Ariadne), like his Third Symphony, is a late work. Albert Roussel was at the height of his powers when he wrote this ballet for a lavish production at the Paris Opera. It was a gala affair with sets designed by Giorgio de Chirico and choreography by Sergei Lifar. The story concerns the adventures of Ariadne on the island of Naxos after she fled Crete with the hero Theseus, having outwitted the Minotaur. The ballet is in two acts and is characterized by spiraling melodies of great beauty and energy. The second act was performed as a concert piece and was very popular.The other work on this disc, The Spider's Feast, is a ballet from 1913. The scene is set in the corner of a garden and depicts the goings on of the insect life. Roussel loved the natural world and his inspiration shows in this work. The insects are meant to represent human emotions with the spider, with an insatiable appetite, done in by his own excesses. The music is very charming and impressionistic in its writing, sounding as if influenced by Debussy. Yan Pascal Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic are superb in these pieces. The disc is a good introduction to Roussel's music and has been a favorite of mine for several years."