Thursday, April 7, 2016

Jean Françaix - Music for String Orchestra - Symphony for Strings - Ode sur 'La Naissance de Vénus' de Botticelli - Die Kamelien: Pantomime - Sir Georg Solti Chamber Orchestra, Kerry Stratton - Toccata Classics 2012

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.



Marcelo Lasta said...

GraAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaacias opus inéditos,conocia la Sinfonia del autor en hyperion,y su Clarinete Concerto-el más excelso de sus opus- amo este maravilloso autor franco,leal,cabal,sin vueltas,directo al alma.Gracias,abrazo de Tapirman.

cjvinthechair said...

Mmm - had a reasonable amount of Francaix, but absolutely none of this !
Yes, on first acquaintance wasn't sure I had much time for him, but anyone who writes guitar & harpsichord concerti can't be all bad, so tried some of the rest & decided he was very acceptable after all !
Thus, will much look forward to this, thanks, Mr. T..

Tzadik said...

¡Maravilloso! Siempre me hace feliz cuando se "aprueba" de un puesto;-) ¿Cómo estás querida doctor T? En cuanto a mí que estoy tomando mi medicación para el dolor, disfrutando mucho "terapia musical" de esta tarde, y estoy muy contenta de tener ningún plan! Su hermano través de los mares,


Tzadik said...

Ha! That's right, I gave you (make that chucked at you vigorously and with confidence!) a recording you didn't with it! :oP

His music is so very pleasant (hate using that word as it make the music sound fluffy) and agreeable. Really hard not to enjoy. It's not profound needless to say but pheeew much of the time it's much more fun when music isn't - and more often than not music is not profound, but rather pleasing to the spirit - provided one doesn't exclusively listen to their collection of Mahler, Bach, Shostakovich and so on! I am guilty of getting lost in a ton of JS and DSCH all the time though I will confess ;)


Toon van Dijk said...

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

Tzadik said...

As always you are welcome Sir viola ;)


Ajnfah said...

This is a real gem! Superb!

ricardo said...

hermosa musica, gracias !

ricardo said...

lástima que el link este caido ...
fabuloso blog, felicitaciones