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.


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.


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. 

Tartini, Giuseppe.(1692-1770) The Complete Violin Concertos. CD 20-29.

New acquisition. (2017) First listen: 18-20-4-2018 Label: Dynamic. CD 20-29 from 29. Recording dates: 2004/2005/2006/2007/2008.2009/2010...