Chabrier: España; Suite pastorale; Joyeuse marche

WORKS: España; Suite pastorale; Joyeuse marche
PERFORMER: Orchestre National de France/ Armin Jordan
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-96370-2 DDD
Chabrier’s style is robust, witty, tinged with irony and at times sub-Wagnerian. This disc contains most of his orchestral music, including the colourful España (why is so much of the best Spanish music by French composers?). Those nurtured on Beecham’s unforgettable recording of the Joyeuse marche will find Jordan rather flat-footed and short on the joie, but he makes a strong case for the bulk of this agreeable and varied programme. Wadham Sutton