LABELS: Erato Ultima
WORKS: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4
PERFORMER: French National Orchestra/Charles Dutoit
CATALOGUE NO: 3984-21090-2 1987
From the Debussyian impressionism of the First to the acerbic neo-classicism of the Fourth, Roussel’s unjustly neglected symphonies provide a fascinating conspectus of early 20th-century musical styles. Dutoit and his French players rise to their challenge, encapsulating the ardour and abrasiveness of Roussel’s musical personality most convincingly.