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The five composers on this disc share the clarity and refinement, brio and wit, and subtle sensuality that permeate French music written between the Franco-Prussian and Second World Wars.
Each found in literature, the visual arts and the music of Debussy and Ravel touchstones for their own compositions, while expressing their individual personalities.
Refinement and pellucid textures characterise Tournier’s Suite; vigour, elegance and passion Schmitt’s.
Françaix’s Quintet, much-loved for its charm and delicacy, matches Roussel’s neo-classical Serenade and complements Pierné’s virtuosic and translucently scored Variations.
Marcel Tournier: Suite, Op. 34
Florent Schmitt: Suite en rocaille, Op. 84
I. Sans hate
III. Sans lenteur
Gabriel Pierne: Variations libres et final, Op. 51
Variations libres et final, Op. 51
Jean Francaix: Quintet
I. Andante tranquillo
Albert Roussel: Serenade, Op. 30
“All this alternately thoughtful and exuberant music is played with great care and authority by the Mirage Quintet who never mistake a term such as animé for fast. Brilliantly alive to their challenge, they have been well recorded.”