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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice & The Spider’s Feast

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2432 SACD
Release date2019-12-06
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time59:46

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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Extra material for download
  Composer: Dukas, Paul
01 Overture to the tragedy by Pierre Corneille 14:33 $ 3.49 USD
  Composer: Roussel, Albert
  Le Festin de l’Araignée (The Spider’s Feast), Op. 17 32:52
02 Prélude - Un Jardin (A Garden) 04:29 $ 1.08 USD
03 Entrée des Fourmis (Entrance of the Ants) 03:10 $ 0.76 USD
04 Entrée des Bousiers (Entrance of the Dung Beetles) 01:02 $ 0.25 USD
05 Danse du Papillon (Dance of the Butterfly) 04:14 $ 1.02 USD
06 Danse de l’Araignée (The Spider Dances) 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
07 Entrée des Vers de fruit (Entrance of the Fruit Worms) 00:50 $ 0.20 USD
08 Deux Mantes religieuses (Two praying mantises) 02:19 $ 0.56 USD
09 Danse de l’Araignée (The Spider Dances) 00:33 $ 0.13 USD
10 Eclosion de l’Éphémère (A Mayfly Hatches) 01:47 $ 0.43 USD
11 Danse de l’Éphémère (Dance of the Mayfly) 05:43 $ 1.37 USD
12 Danse de l’Éphémère (Dance of the Mayfly) continued 02:04 $ 0.50 USD
13 Agonie de l’Araignée (The Spider’s Agony) 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
14 Funérailles de l’Éphémère (Funeral of the Mayfly) 03:10 $ 0.76 USD
  Composer: Dukas, Paul
  L’Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
15 Scherzo for orchestra after a ballad by Goethe 12:15 $ 2.94 USD
  Album total 59:46
ComposerDukas, Paul
Roussel, Albert
OrchestraOrchestre National des Pays de la Loire
ConductorRophe, Pascal

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