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D'Indy: Orchestral Works Vol. 5

Louis Lorti, Iceland Symphony Orchesta/Rumon Gamba

Chandos: CHAN 10760]

"Unjustly neglected" starts Andrew Thomson's scholarly notes encouraging this release.

I fear not so, and was disappointed on renewing acqaintance with the orchestra+piano Symphonie Cévenole which I used to like half a century ago.

His Medée suite is unbelievably bland...

Important for his multifarious activities, which "strengthened French musical culture"; as a composer, I think he can be safely allowed to rest.

Peter Grahame Woolf

See Tim Ashley in The Guardian Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931) is a troubling figure. Antisemitic and anti-Dreyfusard, his far-right views place him beyond any ideological pale for many. Yet he was also a composer of considerable stature, and Chandos's ongoing retrospective of his orchestral works – this is volume five – is a reminder of just how influential he was. - - The performances, from the Iceland Symphony under Rumon Gamba, are faultless. Louis Lortie is the restrained yet dexterous soloist in the Symphonie.