ALBÉRIC MAGNARD (1865-1914): Symphonies No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 4, No. 2 in E, Op. 6, No. 3 in B Flat Minor, Op. 11 and No. 4 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 21.
Catalogue Number: 08K059
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Magnard's most important teacher was D'Indy and he moved in the circle of Franck, having been introduced to it by his fellow pupil Ropartz. Wagner cast his spell on Magnard as he did on an entire generation of French symphonists but there are intimations of Mahler and Richard Strauss - especially in the first two symphonies which date from his study period with D'Indy (1890-93) - as well; he uses the cyclic form made famous by Franck. These symphonies contain vivid drama, plangent melancholy and formidable grandeur allied to a joy in orchestral color and the Fourth of 1913, formidably expansive and of Mahlerian breadth, may yet come to be recognized as a lesser masterpiece. These decade-old BIS recordings were the second complete cycle of the works. 3 CDs. Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Sanderling. Original 1999 BIS releases.