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Albert Roussel

Duration: 47:41

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Albert Roussel; looking at his first major success, which vividly evokes the sights and sounds of India, where he spent his honeymoon, some of Roussel's earliest pieces, including a chamber work heavily indebted to his teacher Vincent d'Indy, works with connections to Serge Koussevitsky, who invited Roussel to compose for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Donald Macleod introduces a group of Bacchanalian songs and a ballet based on the myth of Ariadne on Naxos, regarded by some as one of the masterpieces of the 20th Century and the vast setting of Psalm 80 written for Roussel's own 60th birthday celebrations, his only string quartet and the orchestral piece described as 'a model of parody and invention'.

Available since: Thu 5 Jun 2014


Albert Roussel

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Albert Roussel (1869-1937)

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of the French composer Albert Roussel

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