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Les Petits Nerveux / Hexagon


Release Date: 09/16/1997 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9079   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean FrançaixFrancis PoulencCamille Saint-SaënsAlbert Roussel
Performer:  Michael FinnChris KomerSusan RotholzJames Winn,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hexagon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The ensemble Hexagon (Susan Rotholz, flute; Alan Kay, clarinet; Matt Dine, oboe; Chris Komer, French horn; Michael Finn, bassoon; and James Winn, piano) begins its French odyssey in a most unusual way. Are these six players eating dessert before dinner by beginning their program with a trifle they often use as an encore, the last movement from Jean Françaix's L'Heure du berger? Well, perhaps: the remainder of the music on this disc is frequently of a much more serious bent, but the ensemble plays with such élan, so elegantly and yet with such a spirit of fun that you can't help but be swept up in the parade. The concluding Saint-Saëns Tarantella is delivered with similar good
Read more cheer and a light touch, nicely book-ending the disc.


But what comes between is no less impressive. The raucous opening and closing moments of the Poulenc Sextet echo the mood of the Françaix (and also show off the group's fantastic technical skills), and the players never lose the emotional threads of the middle Divertissement, though they twist and turn through segments that are alternately dreamy and sharp-tongued. Saint-Saëns' Caprice, written while the composer was on tour in Russia for the czarina, is a strange, meandering piece that never quite manages to cohere--but it still offers the players a chance to show off that lovely, creamy tone.


The Poulenc trio features some impressive performances, particularly Finn's extraordinarily crisp delivery in the opening Presto, Dine's gracefully singing tone in the Andante, and Winn's spiky jabs in the concluding Rondo. Albert Roussel's Divertissement flows beautifully, played at a wistful tempo and with seamless lines. The sound is ideally balanced between the players, something of a feat considering how tricky it can be to mike winds. I wish that these powerhouse players had a more expanded repertoire at their disposal; this recording is a real treat.
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Les petits nerveux by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Michael Finn (Bassoon), Chris Komer (French Horn), Susan Rotholz (Flute),
James Winn (Piano), Alan R. Kay (Clarinet), Matt Dine (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hexagon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
2.
Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Michael Finn (Bassoon), Matt Dine (Oboe), James Winn (Piano),
Chris Komer (French Horn), Alan R. Kay (Clarinet), Susan Rotholz (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hexagon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1939; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
3.
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Matt Dine (Oboe), Michael Finn (Bassoon), James Winn (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hexagon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
4.
Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs for Piano and Winds, Op. 79 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Susan Rotholz (Flute), James Winn (Piano), Alan R. Kay (Clarinet),
Matt Dine (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hexagon
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
5.
Divertimento for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 6 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Alan R. Kay (Clarinet), Matt Dine (Oboe), Susan Rotholz (Flute),
Michael Finn (Bassoon), James Winn (Piano), Chris Komer (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hexagon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
6.
Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 6 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Susan Rotholz (Flute), Alan R. Kay (Clarinet), James Winn (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hexagon
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 

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