Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Francaix, Jean. (1912-1997) Ballet music.

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 17-3-2010.
Second listen: 24-4-2014.
Third listen: 11-4-2017.
Label Hyperion.
Recording dates: 2004.
Recording venue: Ulster Hall, Belfast.
Recording engineer: Simon Eadon.
Running time: 62:49.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.
Reference performances.
State of the Art sound.

Works.

Le Roi Nu, Ballet in 12 movements, after Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes.
Les Demoiselles de la Nuit, a ballet in 16 movements, for cats in two scenes after a libretto by Jean Anouilh.

Performers.

Ulster Orchestra, Thierry Fischer.

Do not expect anything less then orchestral perfection of Francaix. The score for both ballets are magnificent. There was never quite such a composer, that combined such elegance with a luscious style, behaving in the most perfect manner. In this Francaix is unique, for I heard and seen many ballets, but these compositions are in a positive way the odd ones out. Every movement is packed with novelties, expressed in a way that is quite beyond any composer, and only attributable to this very  brilliant orchestrator. There is not much I can add, to this, save the fact that it is a delightful musical journey, with so many colours as you encounter in a circus from the olden days. It even has some of this theatrical outpourings so well know from the Berlin theatrical scene of the roaring twenties, in which a certain absurdity in expression was a trade mark. It also shares some alliance to Shostakovich, in the way the music is written down, not wanting to compare those composers, but merely pointing towards a similarity in writing. Demonstration class sound, and utter gorgeous performances. 




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