D. Buys | Boston | 04/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Please let me share with you how fine this cd is. Eschenbach has the Orchestre de Paris on the edge of their seats and making music of the highest order. Technically the ensemble and intonation are great, and they play with both a soloists mentality where appropriate, and but as chamber players elsewhere- something this orchestra was criticized for lacking in the past. Bravo Mr. Eschenbach!
This performance bears Eschenbach's stamp, but is very stylistically appropriate for this French master composer.
I have good to excellent other performances of these pieces by Bernstein (2), Munch (3), Ansermet, Markevich. I have heard most of the others. This recording is the best, certainly from an orchestral virtuosity and recorded sound perspective.
Since I play the important Roussel piano pieces, I was honored to be given a letter from Roussel himself to composer David Diamond while studying at Juilliard, so my passion for Roussel goes back 25 years.
Eschenbach has a fine achievement. If you like Debussy, Ravel, Martinu, and Picasso- try this!"