Maltempo - Liszt Jeux d'eau, Reminiscence de Norma, Polonaise mÃ©lancolique, SoirÃ©e de Vienne, Tarantelle de La Muette de Portici, Paganini etudes #2, Totentanz, Isoldes Liebestod.
Maltempo has great fingers. I liked in particular his Polonaise and Paganini etude.
But (a temptation I've long resisted) I have to ask: does he play
at the right soeed? :)
The two-and-a-half Roussel CD's in the Martinon "Late Years" box on Erato.
Most of the music was new to me, but it's nearly all really impressive,
at least as conveyed here (Martinon, Orchestre nationale de l'O.R.T.F,
with chorus for "Aeneas").
In a recent video, Dave Hurwitz promoted Roussel's Symphony #2 as the
greatest French symphony. If it weren't for Berlioz, I would say he has
a point. What else might contend (again, beyond Berlioz)? The popular
works of Saint-Saens and Franck, perhaos some of Magnard, what else?
It's a compelling work, albeit sometimes obsessive (here not a bad thing),
even better for me on second hearing.
By the way, I have DH to thank for calling my attention to this box.
I already knew Martinon's Debussy and Ravel, and this set has a lot
of repertory for which (even if familiar) I'm short on recordings
(if any). I'm looking forward to going through it.