Greetings all. Here is a quick post before I head out to work. I have always thoroughly enjoyed the music of Jean Françaix, especially his chamber and concertante works. Everything he composed displays a tight and thoughtful craftsmanship. His style is loosely neoclassical, almost always charming and exuberant; there is a lightness of touch and the moods are typically cheerful and full of play, not unlike his compatriot Poulenc.
Here's a blurb from the Toccata page:
Jean Françaix (1912-97) has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the happier composers, his Gallic charm and breezy good humour obscuring the superb craftsmanship of his writing. Françaix once observed that 'I live in exile in my own country and am nourished from abroad' — Plus ça change, he then might have thought, with this CD presenting an Hungarian ensemble led by a Canadian conductor on a British label, with two first recordings and a rare hearing for one of his more substantial scores.
I have included the booklet notes, authored by the composer's son Jacques.