VINCENT D'INDY (1851-1931): Wallenstein, Op. 12, Saugefleurie, Op. 21, Lied for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 19, Choral varié for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 55.
Catalogue Number: 02K003
Reference: CDA 67690
Description: Available once on French EMI (Wallenstein) and the defunct Valois label (Saugefleurie), these two tone-poems from the early part of D'Indy's life will doubtless not be in many people's collections. Taking almost eleven years from 1870 to 1881, the young composer finally finished his three-part representation of Schiller's dramatic poem (of which Smetana only dealt with Wallenstein's Camp) and left us a 37-minute piece steeped in Wagnerian influence, youthful energy and vigor and with a wide-ranging and colorful orchestration. Saugefleurie (1884) is a 17-minute tale of a forest fairy who falls in love with a prince and must die because she cannot love a mortal; the Wagnerian influence is still strong but the orchestration is Gallic in its clarity and luminosity. A surprising dash of Impressionism livens up the central section of 1903's Choral varié (also playable on saxophone) while the shorter, simpler Lied is another early work from 1884. Lawrence Power (viola), BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Thierry Fischer.