Orchestre National de Lille & Jun Markl - Saint-Saëns Symphonic Poems (2017)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 241 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 07 | Time: 55:19 min
A wide orchestral palette and stirring reserves of drama are used to evoke the youthful audacity and death of Phaéton, the ultimate triumph of virtue over pleasure in La Jeunesse dHercule (The Youth of Hercules), and Hercules punishment, spinning wool while dressed as a woman, for the inadvertent murder of one of his guests, in Le Rouet dOmphale (The Spinning Wheel of Omphale). The ever-popular Danse macabre is a spooky depiction of Death playing a dance on his fiddle on a tomb in a graveyard surrounded by skeletal dancers. Conductor Jun Märkl specialises in twentieth-century French music for Naxos and has earned international plaudits for his multi-volume Debussy series as well as for his Ravel and Messiaen discs.