Magazine article Gramophone

d'Indy: Symphony No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

d'Indy: Symphony No 2

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d'Indy Symphony No 2, Op 57. Fervaal--Prelude. Istar, Op 42. Souvenirs, Op 62 Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Jean-Luc Tingaud Naxos (M) 8 573522 (80' * ODD)

The d'Indy discography has become increasingly distinguished of late, largely thanks to Rumon Gamba's comprehensive survey of the orchestral works for Chandos. Whether Jean-Luc Tingaud's Naxos disc with the RSNO marks the start of a further cycle is unclear, though it is unquestionably another significant achievement, well worth hearing if you care for the composer's output.

For d'Indy, as for Bruckner, the symphony as a genre had devotional associations and the conflict between faith and uncertainty in the Second is both dramatised and intellectualised by the rigorous derivation of its thematic material from two brief phrases heard at the outset. Tingaud is wonderfully persuasive with it, the freshness of his approach sweeping away notions of the work as being coolly intelligent and a bit forbidding. There's a dark intensity in the first movement and an electric energy in the whirling figurations of the finale, though Tingaud can't quite disguise the episodic quality of the slow movement with its occasionally exaggerated contrasts of mood. …

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