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Dukas: L'apprenti Sorcier

Magazine article Gramophone

Dukas: L'apprenti Sorcier

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Dukas

L'apprenti sorcier (a). Velleda (b) Polyeucte (c) (b) Chantal Santon sop (b) Julien Dran ten (b) Jean-Manuel Candenot bass-bar Les Siecles / Francois-Xavier Roth

Musicales Actes Sud [F] ASM12 (56' * DDD) Recorded live at the (ab) Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice, April 12, 2011; (c) Abbaye de l'Epau, Le Mans, May 31, 2012

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Last year's release of Debussy's La mer and Premiere Suite by Francois-Xavier Roth and his Les Siecles orchestra proved to be refreshing and revelatory in terms of colour, texture and characterisation. There are those who might be suspicious of orchestras that want to turn the clock back to the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries in an attempt to recapture the sonorities of a bygone age. But Roth does it with such verve and stylistic insight as to disarm naysayers. His conducting here of Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a brilliant piece of narrative music and a lesson in effective orchestration if ever there was one, is full of humour and sparkle, using the period timbres of his wind instruments to lend the sound a warmth that does not, however, preclude a brilliance of sheen. …

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