Chamber, choral and symphonic music
Gifted with a strong temperament and a curious nature, Fernand de La Tombelle is a highly appealing and interesting figure among French Romantic composers. He left a substantial œuvre, protean, stylistically eclectic, even atypical, that deserves reassessment not only for its own merits, but also because it illustrates a certain form of social and artistic activity in France at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
This new CD-book in the Palazzetto Bru Zane’s ‘Portrait’ series reveals the multiple facets of a captivating personality, ranging from orchestral music with operatic overtones through introspective chamber works to choral music recalling the Renaissance madrigal. The sublime Fantaisie for piano and orchestra would suffice on its own to demonstrate the quality of La Tombelle’s inspiration. To champion his cause as it deserves, this set calls on no fewer than fourteen soloists, along with orchestra, chorus and conductor.
Contents of the book
Jean-Christophe Branger, La Tombelle’s artistic and musical circle
Fernand de La Tombelle, Autobiographical notes
Jean-Emmanuel Filet, Constellations in sound
Antonia de Peretti Orsini, Beyond the composer: the man