Michel Fleury's remarks on Koechlin in the Timpani booklet bear the title 'Open Air Music', alluding to the idea that Koechlin was an 'outdoor' kind of composer. Certainly in this splendid recording nature's big, bold canvases are very much in evidence, nowhere more so than in the retrospective Paysages et Marines ('Landscapes and Seascapes'), one of Koechlin's key works. The same can be said of the spirited Wind Septet. These are all lovely, often unusual chamber works
("Sonate a Sept" as an example is scored for Piano, Flute, Oboe, 2 Violins, Alto (stringed instrument, somewhere between a cello and a viola), and Harpsichord). Enjoy!