ANDRÉ JOLIVET (1905-1974): Symphony No. 1, 5 Ritual Dances, Flute Concerto (A. Korneyev [flute], Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra; André Jolivet. Rec. 1966), Cello Concerto No. 2 (Mstislav Rostropovich [cello], Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Jolivet. Rec. 1969), Bassoon Concerto (Victor Popov [bassoon], USSR State Symphony Orchestra; Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Rec. 1976), Piano Concerto (Victor Kastelsky [piano], Latvian State Symphony Orchestra; Vasily Sinaisky. Rec. 1981), Rhapsody for Seven for Violin, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Double Bass and Percussion (soloists; Vladmir Polyansky. Rec. 1982).
Catalogue Number: 12Q010
Reference: MEL CD 10 02215
Description: From a very unexpected source, we get the only available recording of Jolivet's first symphony of 1953: a live recording from 1966 in Moscow with the composer conducting! It's very much in the composer's "primitivist" style, with a wild Allegro strepitoso followed by a mysterious, "other"-sounding slow movement (intimations of a tropical night?), a scherzo like a pagan rite and an allegro corruscante finale, very like a Ritual Dance, whose pulsating rhythms and dissonant sounds may make you think of Mossolov's Iron Foundry. This is also the only available stereo recording of the 1949-50 piano concerto, whose three movements draw on African, Middle Eastern and Polynesian musics. The other rarity is the 1957 Rhapsody, whose three movements (20 minutes) revisit similar sonic regions in bright, brassy chamber mode. 2 CDs.