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Bizet: Symphony In C; Faure: Pavane; Ibert, Ravel / Hickox


Release Date: 09/16/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 90765   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges BizetGabriel FauréJacques IbertMaurice Ravel
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a collection of French lollipops which Beecham would have relished. Hickox and the City of London Sinfonia may not quite match the totally distinctive Beecham magic, but they give consistently fresh and alert readings that equally reveal love for this music. The slow movement of the Bizet Symphony for example is taken at a flowing speed, with no hint of sentimentality, yet the solo oboe of Nicholas Daniel is meltingly expressive, and the middle section brings passionate playing from the strings. In the other three movements Hickox's speeds are on the fast side, crisply brilliant and well sprung, even if a degree more relaxation would have brought out even more wit.

The Ravel in Hickox's reading is crisply classical,
Read more not at all cold but not yielding to romantic expressiveness, with dance rhythms lightly touched in. The Faure is given a refined reading, and there as in the other items I rather wish that, as for Nicholas Daniel in the Bizet, there were some credits for the wind soloists. The lbert is pointed and vigorous, and if at times a more uninhibitedly vulgar approach might more completely have evoked the fun of the farce which originally inspired this music, Labiche's Italian straw hat, the police whistles in the finale irresistibly have you thinking of a silent-film chase—as they should. The recording, made in London's Henry Wood Hall is both clean and spacious to back up an exceptionally attractive collection of French music.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [2/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in C major by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 33 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Divertissement by Jacques Ibert
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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