Jolivet: Chant de Linos; Poèmes pour l’enfant; Pastorales de Noël; Suite liturgique

COMPOSERS: Jolivet
LABELS: ASV
WORKS: Chant de Linos; Poèmes pour l’enfant; Pastorales de Noël; Suite liturgique
PERFORMER: Britten-Pears Ensemble
CATALOGUE NO: CD DCA 918 DDD
This is a welcome disc of works that are heard all too rarely. Whilst his style is not as distinctive as that of his more celebrated friend and contemporary, Olivier Messiaen, Jolivet’s music is nevertheless original and mostly compelling. In Poèmes pour l’enfant, the Britten-Pears Ensemble captures the elemental, at times savage, side to Jolivet, while the Pastorales de Noël enable the group to display the more restrained, tranquil aspect of the composer’s personality. Recommended. Christopher Dingle

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