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L'eventail de Jeanne / Axelrod, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire


Release Date: 10/14/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573354  
Composer:  Maurice RavelPierre-Octave FerroudJacques IbertAlexis Roland-Manuel,   ... 
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

We know L’Éventail de Jeanne (Jeannes’s Fan), a collaborative ballet in ten movements by ten composers, primarily from Ravel’s opening Fanfare and Poulenc’s Pastourelle, but the other numbers have plenty of appeal. Roussel’s bittersweet Sarabande adds weight to an otherwise frothy brew, while Florent Schmidt’s concluding Kermesse-Valse provides a buoyant concluding apotheosis. Other savory bits include a polka by Darius Milhaud and perky Canarie by Alexis Roland-Manuel, but it’s all good fun and played here with exemplary spirit and point by John Axelrod and the Loire ensemble.

Here’s an interesting tidbit. Poulenc’s Pastourelle appears to be a nearly literal crib from the “Balalaika” movement that concludes
Read more Stravinsky’s Suite No. 1 for small orchestra (sound clips). I wonder if this was noticed at the time?

Ravel’s Mother Goose makes a logical coupling–another children’s ballet, composed and scored with a similarly light touch. Axelrod’s is a sensitive performance, a touch on the slow side, perhaps, but well-proportioned and sensitively detailed. The orchestra plays quite well, with the many woodwind solos sweet and smooth, if perhaps lacking the ultimate character that we hear from Martinon (EMI/Warner) or Ozawa (DG). Axelrod dwells lovingly on the concluding Fairy Garden, and when the music is so beautiful who can blame him? This disc, in short, is a joy. Don’t overlook it.

– ClassicsToday (David Hurwitz) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ma mčre l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
2.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Fanfare by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
3.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Marche by Pierre-Octave Ferroud
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
4.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Valse by Jacques Ibert
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
5.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Canarie by Alexis Roland-Manuel
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
6.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Bourée by Marcel Delannoy
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
7.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Sarabande by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
8.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Polka, Op. 95 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
9.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Pastourelle by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
10.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Rondeau by Georges Auric
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
11.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Kermesse-valse by Florent Schmitt
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire

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