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Ibert • Françaix • Fauré • Bizet • Ravel

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0

COMPOSERS: Bizet,Faure,Françaix,Ibert,Ravel
LABELS: RLPO Live
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Libor Pesek’s French Collection
WORKS: Divertissement; L’horloge de Flore; Pavane; Carmen Suite No. 1; Boléro
PERFORMER: Jonathan Small (oboe); RLPO/Libor Pešek
CATALOGUE NO: RLCD 302

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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.

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Robert Maycock