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Francaix: Piano Concertino, Etc / Cassard, Fischer, Et Al


Release Date: 04/13/2004 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67384   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Françaix
Performer:  Philippe Cassard
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What's not to like? The ballet Les malheurs de Sophie perfectly suits Jean Françaix's insouciant style, with a plot that concerns the misadventures of a little girl and her mother's futile attempts to persuade her to behave. The music is child-like without ever becoming childish, full of fun and wit, and conductor Thierry Fischer captures its vivacious charm as well as we have any right to expect--aided in no small degree by the crisp response of the Ulster Orchestra. Philippe Cassard offers similar qualities of appealing lightness as soloist in the delightful Concertino for piano and orchestra, while Les bosquets de Cythère (not officially designated a ballet but certainly danceable) neatly combines the Viennese waltz with touches of jazz. Read more Music so agreeably appealing needs no further comment from me, and when the performances are as idiomatic and perky as these, captured in such fine sound, the disc becomes self-recommending. Good clean fun!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concertino for Piano by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
2. Les malheurs de Sophie by Jean Françaix
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
3. Les bosquets de Cythère by Jean Françaix
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; France 

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