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BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier - Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B flat; Viviane; Soir de fete; La tempete (1999)

Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B flat; Viviane; Soir de fête; La tempête (1999)
BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 318 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9650 | Time: 01:07:21

Ernest Chausson’s death in 1899 in a bicycle accident robbed French music of a major talent. Almost his entire orchestral output fits on this extremely fine CD. Yan Pascal Tortelier’s performance of the richly romantic Symphony is the best since Munch’s Boston Symphony recording. Like Munch, Tortelier knows how to keep the music moving along–he’s only an insignificant two minutes slower than Munch for the whole work–without overindulging the more luscious moments, which in Chausson’s opulent setting really do take care of themselves. Even better, rather than some overplayed encore piece by another composer, the symphony is coupled with two very attractive, rarely heard tone poems and two charming orchestral excerpts from the composer’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The orchestra plays with conviction, Chandos’ sonics are gorgeous, and if you don’t buy this disc, you’re missing out on some marvelous stuff.
Ulster Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier - Francis Poulenc, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud: Orchestral Works (1992)

Francis Poulenc - Les biches, Suite; Jacques Ibert - Divertissement; Darius Milhaud - Le Boeuf sur le Toit, La Creation du Monde (1992)
Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9023 | Time: 01:08:10

This programme of 1920s French music is in the hands of a conductor who gets right into the spirit of it, and plenty of spirit there is too. Apart from the Ibert, this is ballet music, and that work too originated as a theatre piece, having been incidental music for Eugene Labiche's farce The Italian Straw Hat. Poulenc's unfailingly fresh and bouncy suite from Les biches is very enjoyable although Chandos's warm and resonant recording takes some of the edge off the trumpet tone that is so central to the writing. The geniality of it all makes one forget that this is remarkable music in which (as Christopher Palmer's booklet essay points out) the twentieth-century French composer evokes eighteenth-century fetes galantes through the eyes of that greatest of nineteenth-century ballet composers, Tchaikovsky.
Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Lili Boulanger: Faust Et Helene, etc (1999)

Lili Boulanger - Faust Et Hélène; Psaume 24; Psaume 130; D'un soir triste; D'un matin de printemps (1999)
Lynne Dawson, soprano; Ann Murray, mezzo-soprano; Bonaventura Bottone, tenor; Neil MacKenzie, tenor; Jason Howard, bass
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; BBC Philharmonic; Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9745 | Time: 01:13:25

Lili Boulanger's setting of the 130th Psalm is a choral masterpiece. Tortelier and his forces deliver a vivid performance, recorded with tremendous presence. There is even more power in the old Markevich performance, done under Nadia Boulanger's supervision, but the superior Chandos recording makes a difference. Faust et Hélène is a somewhat immature student work (a strange qualification for music by a composer who died at 24), but it is also well performed. The remaining music represents Boulanger's visionary eloquence. This disc is highly recommended as an introduction to a great composer. After you hear it, try the Everest disc, despite the duplications. It contains Boulanger's deathbed Pie Jesu, a brief piece of such intense power that it will leave most listeners in tears.
Ravel, Debussy & Massenet - Bavouzet, Tortelier, BBC Symphony Orchestra (2010)

Ravel, Debussy & Massenet - Bavouzet, Tortelier, BBC Symphony Orchestra (2010)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 235 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 5084

The exclusive Chandos artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is a master of this repertoire. This is his second concerto recording for the label, after his survey of the complete piano concertos by Bartók (CHAN10610) which was released in September to high acclaim and voted ‘Orchestral Choice of the Month’ by the magazine BBC Music. Bavouzet’s complete recording of the piano music by Debussy also scooped awards from BBC Music and Gramophone, which wrote: ‘This could well be the finest and most challenging of all Debussy piano cycles.’ On this new release, Bavouzet is accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Yan Pascal Tortelier, a conductor steeped in the French tradition and utterly at home in this repertoire. The result is a totally idiomatic performance of these French masterpieces for piano and orchestra.
Schmitt: La Tragedie De Salome, Le Palais Hante, Psaume 47 - Tortelier, Bullock, Sao Paulo Symphony (2011)

Schmitt: La Tragedie De Salome, Le Palais Hante, Psaume 47 - Tortelier, Bullock, Sao Paulo Symphony (2011)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 274 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 5090

Florent Schmitt was well known as a critic and composer during his lifetime, but his compositions fell into neglect after his death. Difficult to pigeonhole, he has been called everything from conservative to neo-romantic to revolutionary, and Dutilleux wrote of him that he ‘gave back to the French school certain notions of grandeur’. The three works on this CD are all remarkable in their own ways – for their rhythmic exuberance, their rich and varied orchestration, their imaginative use of traditional harmonies, and in the case of Le Palais hanté and La Tragédie de Salomé for their exploration of the dark side of humanity.
Mischa Maisky & Martha Argerich - J.S. Bach: Three Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano, BWV 1027-1029 (1985)

Mischa Maisky & Martha Argerich - J.S. Bach: Three Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano, BWV 1027-1029 (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 192 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 415 471-2 | Time: 00:43:26

These three sonatas - composed originally for the viola da gamba and harpsichord - are very musically-appealing compositions. And unlike previous Baroque cahmber-music tradition, the harpsichord is not relegated to mere continuo but projected into the spotlight as co-soloist - perhaps to showcase some of Bach's keyboard virtuosity. There are several fine period recordings of these works on viola da gamba and harpsichord (Savall, Peri, Crum, Wispelwey) or modern cello with harpsichord (Ma, Tortelier). But if your taste favors all modern instuments (cello, piano), then this circa-80's CD by the legendary Martha Argerich and Misha Maisky is the ticket.

Henri Dutilleux - Complete Orchestral Works  

Posted by tapaz9 at Sept. 27, 2013
Henri Dutilleux - Complete Orchestral Works

Henri Dutilleux - Complete Orchestral Works
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 4 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 888 Mb
Date: 2000

‘Marvellously resourceful and inventive scores which are given vivid and persuasive performances by Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic orchestra… The engineers give us a splendidly detailed and refined portrayal of these complex textures – the sound is really state-of-the-art.’
The Penguin Complete Guide

Henri Dutilleux: Symphony Nos.1 & 2 (1993)  

Posted by peachfuzz at Feb. 21, 2009
Henri Dutilleux: Symphony Nos.1 & 2 (1993)

Henri Dutilleux - Symphony Nos.1 & 2 (1993)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 220 MB

Dutilleux belongs to that rare breed of composers whose music is both harmonically and rhythmically rich but with a twist that cannot easily be foreseen in advance, although this may not always be clearly realized. Dutilleux has never been a prolific writer of symphonies. Premiered more than 40 years ago by the composer, Dutilleux's only two symphonies are emotionally charged with apocalyptic brass writing that is reminiscent of William Schuman with a touch of Stravinsky and Messiaen thrown in the mix. The more intimate string and solo wind writing in the second symphony appear with variant treatment in each of the three movements leading up to the symphonic cohesion (hence Double) with the two competing forces interacting through distorted images of each other. In this recording, Yan Pascal Tortelier gives an outstanding performance, as he usually does when it comes to Dutilleux.