Francaix

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COMPOSERS: Francaix
LABELS: Hyperion
WORKS: Symphony in G; Serenade; Scuola di ballo; Pavane pour un génie vivant; Ouverture anacréontique
PERFORMER: Ulster Orchestra/Thierry Fischer
CATALOGUE NO: CDA 67323

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For addicts of Jean Françaix’s droll, deadpan and meltingly lyrical work, Hyperion has delivered again. This round-up covers 50 years of his creative life, starting from the Serenade which helped get his name around in his precocious early twenties: fully formed Françaix in miniature, with Jacques Ibert the only hint of a precedent for its audacious blend of refinement and good humour, spiked with character episodes for solo trombone or folksy violin or reflective bassoon.