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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice & The Spider’s Feast

Composer Paul Dukas
Albert Roussel
Performer Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Pascal Rophé, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2432 SACD
EAN 7318599924328
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2019
Total time 59'46

Under its music director Pascal Rophé, l’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (ONPL) here performs two great orchestral spectaculars of French music – scintillating and imaginative scores composed only 15 years apart. A perennial favourite, Paul Dukas’ symphonic poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1897) became a ‘hit’ with the general public after being included in the soundtrack of the Disney animation film Fantasia in 1940. In the work, based on a ballad by Goethe, Dukas displayed an extraordinary command of the large late-Romantic orchestra as he depicted the disastrous consequences when a young apprentice tries to work the magic charms of his master. In 1912, when Albert Roussel composed his ballet score The Spider’s Feast, he was rather influenced by Impressionism, but his use of the orchestra was no less inventive than Dukas. The plot of the ballet is played out in a garden where a spider is trapping various insects in its net looking forward to having a sumptuous meal. Roussel’s sophisticated use of timbres and his characteristic rhythmic pointillism conjures a micro-drama which also features a mayfly, a team of ants and a rather terrifying pair of praying mantises. The disc opens with another piece by Dukas: Polyeucte, a concert overture inspired by a 17th century play and a work of a surprising expressive power.
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  Paul Dukas
01 Overture to the tragedy by Pierre Corneille 14'23
  Albert Roussel
  Le Festin de l’Araignée (The Spider’s Feast), Op. 17 32'52
02 Prélude - Un Jardin (A Garden) 4'29
03 Entrée des Fourmis (Entrance of the Ants) 3'10
04 Entrée des Bousiers (Entrance of the Dung Beetles) 1'02
05 Danse du Papillon (Dance of the Butterfly) 4'14
06 Danse de l’Araignée (The Spider Dances) 1'52
07 Entrée des Vers de fruit (Entrance of the Fruit Worms) 0'50
08 Deux Mantes religieuses (Two praying mantises) 2'19
09 Danse de l’Araignée (The Spider Dances) 0'33
10 Eclosion de l’Éphémère (A Mayfly Hatches) 1'47
11 Danse de l’Éphémère (Dance of the Mayfly) 5'43
12 Danse de l’Éphémère (Dance of the Mayfly) continued 2'04
13 Agonie de l’Araignée (The Spider’s Agony) 1'39
14 Funérailles de l’Éphémère (Funeral of the Mayfly) 3'10
  Paul Dukas
  L’Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
15 Scherzo for orchestra after a ballad by Goethe 11'48
  Album total 59'46
ComposerDukas, Paul
Roussel, Albert
OrchestraOrchestre National des Pays de la Loire
ConductorRophe, Pascal

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