Sunday, July 03, 2016

Sunday, July 03, 2016 12:54 am by M. in , ,    No comments
Emile Goué's 1940 Ballade sur un poème de Emily Brontë has been released on CD for the very first time:
Émile Goué(1904-1946)
Symphonie No. 2 op. 39 (1943) [32:41]
Ballade sur a poème d'Emily Brontë op. 25 (1940) [12:42]
Max Roques (violin); Orchestra Radio Symphony Paris/Tony Aubin (symphony); Marie Béronita (soprano); Quatuor Vocal; Quatuor Krettly/Louis de Froment
rec. Paris Radio, 8 Feb 1958 (symphony); 18 Mar 1949 (Ballade). INA. International Festival Albert-Roussel. mono
Azur Classical AZC135 [45:23]
Some reviews:
The Ballade is an example of Goué's penchant for multi-layered lyrical complexity. There's a touch of Ravel in there but his textures are not as fine as those of the senior composer. It is interesting to see Louis de Froment directing; this is the very same conductor who was used so much by Vox in the 1950s and 1960s. It's unusual to see a French composer setting Emily Brontë.
The vocals are inventively deployed - always something to tickle or caress the ear … even in this mono representation. I think of similarly exotic instrumentation and effects by Maurice Delage and by Roussel in his Evocation and in Padmavati. There's a hypnotic rapture but also a contrasting exultantly heroic side. The latter is voiced at 8:33 by the piano in a grand Rachmaninovian statement. There are some outstanding moments but overall this is not indelibly memorable. (Rob Barnett on MusicWeb International)
La Ballade sur un poème d’Emily Brontë pour soprano, quatuor vocal, quatuor à cordes et piano date de 1940 et manifeste la veine la plus lyrique et poétique de son auteur.
Ici, malgré un son un peu précaire, nous assistons avec bonheur à l’enregistrement de la création de cette œuvre en 1949 avec la soprano Marie Béronita, le Quatuor Krettly, Henriette Roget au piano, un quatuor vocal et la direction de Louis de Froment, qui tous manifestent l’émotion particulière de toute création.
Ces enregistrements, outre leur portée historique, ont surtout l’interêt de nous faire découvrir un répertoire inédit et un compositeur de grand talent qui mériterait de sortir des limbes du passé. (Jean-Félix Marquette on Utmisol) (Tranlation)

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