d'Indy: Symphony No 2 in B flat major, Op 57; Souvenirs, Op 62; Istar, Op 42, Fervaal, Op 40 (Prelude to Act 1)

Reviewed on Thu 29 Sep, 2016

Jean-Luc Tingaud presides over a finely prepared account of d'Indy's imposing Second Symphony; indeed, his conception possesses impressive cogency, fiery purpose and intelligent observation.

A pupil of César Franck, Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931) completed the second of his three symphonies in 1903. Bearing a dedication to Paul Dukas, it's a formidably inventive, shrewdly plotted creation lasting nearly three quarters of an hour, whose foundations are underpinned by two motto themes heard in the darkly expectant introduction, and which also displays the breezy influence of folk music from the composer's native Ardèche region. Jean-Luc Tingaud (who has already given us two wholly excellent CDs of Dukas and Bizet with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for Naxos) presides over a finely prepared account of this imposing work; indeed, his conception possesses impressive cogency, fiery purpose and intelligent observation. He also secures first-rate accounts of the deeply affecting symphonic poem Souvenirs (written following the death of d'Indy's wife in 1906), Istar (an uncommonly rewarding 13-minute set of variations dating from 1896) and the dusky, very Wagnerian Prelude to Act 1 from the 1889-95 opera, Fervaal. Here, then, is a generously full, vividly engineered anthology which can be strongly recommended – and it won't break the bank either!
–Andrew Achenbach