Ibert • Franaix • Fauré • Bizet • Ravel

Album title:
Collection: Libor Pesek's French Collection
Composer(s):
Bizet, Faure, Franaix, Ibert, Ravel
Works:
Divertissement; L’horloge de Flore; Pavane; Carmen Suite No. 1; Boléro
Performer:
Jonathan Small (oboe); RLPO/Libor Pešek
Label:
RLPO Live
Catalogue Number:
RLCD 302
Performance:
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Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine

An up-and-down assortment has its high point with Françaix’s teasing L’horloge de Flore. Fine woodwind features too in Carmen excerpts and, of course, Boléro, which is springy, lucidly balanced and rousing. Intense expression in Fauré and Ibert makes up for erratic strings and some stodgy tuttis.

Robert Maycock

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