AUBERT LEMELAND (b.1932): Symphony No. 6 "Les Eléments", Op. 130, Time Landscapes for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 153, Mémorial "Dieppe, 19-08-1942", Op. 158 (Carole Farley [soprano], Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie; José Serebrier), Concert Nocturne for Harp and Strings, Op. 137 (Sabine Chefson [harp], Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble; Marc Tardue).
Catalogue Number: 07M091
Reference: DSK 3104
Description: The symphony is a succinct yet emotionally eloquent three-movement structure, with a determined first movement, a nocturnal slow movement - a dense, tropical night this, with impressionistic overtones - and a stormy finale with distinct echoes of Sibelius, in a richly orchestrated, tonal language. Time Landscapes sets (in English translation) eight classical Chinese poems vividly evoking specific time and place in precise imagery. Lemeland's music is similarly precise, in small, precise brush-strokes of illustrative color, with just a hint of musical chinoiserie here and there in the tonal vocabulary. Mémorial, commemorating the dead of a particularly tragic episode in WWII is a somber elegy for large orchestra, ebbing and flowing like the gray waves lapping on the beach where the massacre occurred. The Concert Nocturne is a more personal memorial, for a harpist colleague. It is a miniature harp concerto in three sections; an elegiac quasi-chaconne, a more vigorous central episode, and after a restrained and eloquently grieving cadenza, a resigned and wistful chorale.