Robert Denzler – The Decca Recordings
Robert Denzler
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4840262
Barcode
00028948402625
Format
2-CD
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CD 1      

ERNEST CHAUSSON (1855–1899)

1–3 Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20*                                                                   

ARTHUR HONEGGER (1892–1955)

4–6 Symphony No. 3 ‘Symphonie Liturgique’
7 Chant de joie

 

CD 2      

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)

1 Benvenuto CelliniOverture*
2 Béatrice et BénédictOverture*

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)

3–6 Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36*                                                                 

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris (Chausson, Honegger)
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Berlioz, Tchaikovsky)
Robert Denzler

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Track previews
Symphony in B Flat, Op. 20: 1. Lent - Allegro vivo
Symphony in B Flat, Op. 20: 2. Très lent
Symphony in B Flat, Op. 20: 3. Animé - Très animé
Symphony No. 3 - "Liturgique": 1. "Dies Irae" - Allegro marcato
Symphony No. 3 - "Liturgique": 2. "De Profundis Clamavi" - Adagio
Symphony No. 3 - "Liturgique": 3. "Dona Nobis Pacem" - Andante
Chant de joie
Benvenuto Cellini: Ouverture
Overture Béatrice et Bénedict
Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36, TH.27: 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36, TH.27: 2. Andantino in modo di canzone
Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36, TH.27: 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36, TH.27: 4. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
Recording information

Recording Producers: James Walker (Honegger); John Culshaw (Chausson); James Walker (Berlioz); Michael Bremner, James Walker (Tchaikovsky)
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson, Roy Wallace (Honegger, Chausson); Gil Went, Roy Wallace (Berlioz); Karl Brugger, Roy Wallace (Tchaikovsky)
Recording Locations: La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France, 15 & 16 June 1955 (Honegger: Symphony No. 3), 17 June 1955 (Honegger: Chant de joie), 14–16 May 1956 (Chausson); Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, May 1954 (Berlioz), October/November 1960 (Tchaikovsky)
Original Decca Releases: LXT 5118 (Honegger): February 1956; LXT 5244 (Chausson): August 1957; LW 5125 (Berlioz): September 1954; ACL 127 (Tchaikovsky): April 1961

Reviews

‘Berlioz would have liked this disc. Like his music, and his orchestration, it is brilliant and clear.’ Gramophone, November 1954 (Berlioz)

‘A record that must obviously be recommended to all Honegger enthusiasts.’ Gramophone, April 1956 (Honegger)

‘The slow movement is beautifully done.’ Musical Times, September 1956 (Honegger)

‘Throughout there is a richness and warmth in the playing that suits the late-romantic style of the music very well.’ Gramophone, September 1957 (Chausson)

‘Denzler’s approach is refreshingly direct and unaffected.’ Gramophone, June 1961 (Tchaikovsky)

‘A vigorous and straightforward account … the performance is unfussy and has conviction, while the stereo recording is remarkably good for its age.’ Gramophone, April 1972 (Chausson)