VINCENT D'INDY (1851-1931): Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Symphony No. 3, Op. 70 "de Bello Gallico", Diptyque méditerranéen, Op. 87, Istar, Op. 42, Choral varié for Saxophone and Orchestra, Op. 55.
Catalogue Number: 04L003
Description: This series continues with only the second recording of D'Indy's "war symphony" (1916-18). Ostensibly, its four movements were associated with "mobilization. The Marne", "cheerfulness in the barrack-room; bugle calls at the barracks", "poking fun at contemporary German music; the charm of French music" and "victory, apotheosis" (the last using the Gregorian hymn of St. Michael slaying the dragon). But this is not the cry of a anguished soul (see below for Koechlin's piano quintet, which is); it's a piece of extremely creative music with all kinds of little details of themes, harmony and rhythm, orchestration and formal innovation which wouldn't suggest any program at all (except for that bit about mocking German music!). The other large work is the late Diptyque, from 1926, D'Indy's last orchestral work whose rich, impressionist/romantic style is very evocative of the south of France. Sigurdur Flosason (sax), Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba.