Lalo : Rhapsodia NorvegienneKöln, 1947 (Audio)
Director: Louis Fourestier
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In the same concert:
Namouna, suites nr 1 y 2
Le Roi d´Ys. Obertura and aria de Margared (S. Joyol, mezzo)
Lalo's two-movement Norwegian rhapsody began as a Fantaisie norvégienne with solo violin, but not a single solo string passage remains in this version. The first movement, Andantino, begins with a forceful, knocking figure for full orchestra; this cedes to a lyrical little theme for oboe, then a searing melody for strings that's presented at some length. The oboe melody returns, followed by an imposing statement from the strings, backed by the brass and timpani. After one more appearance of the oboe tune, a new section arises, a gentle Norwegian dance with light percussion; it passes from the woodwinds to the various string sections with occasional, boisterous eruptions of the full orchestra.
The second movement, Presto, is another dance, but this one is a blazing number dominated by the brass. Contrast comes primarily from a central section of lighter but still strongly accented dance material traded between the woodwinds (led by the flutes) and the strings. The opening section returns in full force, maintaining its imposing muscularity almost until the end-the woodwinds make a few last-minute efforts to bring back the middle section, but the brass and timpani ultimately stamp out this cheery stuff once and for all.