Tres Francaix

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Tres Francaix

Catalogue No:

CC2029

Discs:

1

Release date:

26th Aug 2014

Barcode:

5023581202927

Length:

58 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Tres Francaix

Chamber Music of Jean Francaix


Françaix:

Françaix par lui-même Variations sur un thème plaisant

Quatuor (1971) for cor anglais, violin, viola and cello

Sextet

L'heure du berger


Anthony Robb (flute), Sandra Skipper (flute/alto flute), Neyire Ashworth (clarinet/bass clarinet), Alan Andrews (clarinet/bass clarinet/basset horn), Philip Gibbon (bassoon), Damian Brasington (bassoon/contra-bassoon), David Juritz (violin), Martin Outram (viola), Rebecca Knight (cello), Jeremy Polmear (oboe/cor anglais), Christopher Hooker (oboe/cor anglais), Susan Dent, Alexia Cammish (horns), Diana Ambache (piano)

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"Good humour is indispensable to the well-being of humanity." So wrote Jean Françaix of his Quatuor for cor anglais and strings, and all the music on this CD demonstrates his ability not just to entertain, but to lift the spirits.

Like his models Ravel and Poulenc, Françaix was masterful in his writing for instruments, and his particular delight in writing for winds lasted the sixty years of his compositional life. Wit is ever-present, except in the Elègie, a meditation on what Françaix called the 'catastrophe' of Mozart's early death. In the piano Variations, each of the nine variations illustrates a different aspect of Françaix' style, from American rumbustiousness to beautiful, touching miniatures.

"Jean Françaix's chamber music, whose great charm is difficult to analyse, is delightfully French, with its wit, lightness of touch, quixotic changing of moods, and blending of colours.

"It is most sympathetically played here, helped by a believable balance, with each wind group felicitously blended.

"Altogether a most infectious and enjoyable collection." Ivan March, Gramophone

Jean Françaix: Variations sur un thème plaisant (1976): Tema - Nine variations - Come primo

Variations sur un thème plaisant (1976): Tema - Nine variations - Come primo

Jean Françaix: Quatuor (1971)

I. Allegro vivace

II. Andante tranquillo

III. Vivo assai

IV. Andantino

V. Allegro giocoso

Jean Françaix: Sixtuor (1992)

I. Risoluto

II. Andante

III. Scherzo

IV. Andante

V. Risoluto

Jean Françaix: Elégie (1990): Largo

Elégie (1990): Largo

Jean Françaix: L'heure du Berger

I. Les Vieux Beaux

II. Pin-up Girls

III. Les petits nerveux

Gramophone Magazine

January 2015

“Francaix's chamber music...is delightfully French, with its wit, lightness of touch, quixotic changing of moods and blending of colours. It is most sympathetically played here, helped by a believable balance, with each wind group felicitously blended...Altogether a most infectious and enjoyable collection.”

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