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About this album
Jean Françaix had a passion for wind instruments, in particular for the dextuor, an original formation for which he could combine the expressive richness of the octet, so dear to Mozart, with the shimmer and volubility of the wind quintet.
Throughout this recording, it was an immense pleasure to immerse oneself in his music, to let oneself go with the contrasting moods and atmospheres, in turn funny, tender, casual or elegiac.
A pleasure shared by the musicians of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, who were keen to showcase their sense of transparency, their musicality and their flawless virtuosity.
We are therefore very happy to share these wonderful moments with you, and hope that listening to this disc will bring you happiness and joy. (Nicolas Chalvin)
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne – Section Bois et Cors
Jean-Luc Sperissen, premier solo
Anne Moreau Zardini, deuxième solo
Davide Bandieri, premier solo
Curzio Petraglio, deuxième solo
Iván Ortiz Motos, premier solo
Andrea Zardini, deuxième solo
Beat Anderwert, premier solo
Clothilde Ramond, deuxième solo
Axel Benoit, premier solo
François Dinkel, deuxième solo
THE PLEASURE OF JEAN FRANÇAIX’S WIND DECETS
Jean Françaix composed music in all genres that has a natural flow. His aesthetic is aligned with that of Chabrier, Ravel and Poulenc, with Mozart and Schubert in the background. Françaix was opposed to theories, and shunned boredom and pretentiousness; he attached far more importance to clarity, wit and perfection of craftsmanship.
From early on, Françaix developed a special relationship with Germany, notably through his principal publisher Schott. He also received several commissions via Klaus Rainer Schöll, conductor of the Bläser Ensemble Mainz (Mainz Wind Ensemble). Most of the pieces recorded here result from this collaboration: three original works and four transcriptions, all written for a wind decet.
This instrumental ensemble, which is actually a double quintet, traditionally comprises two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons and two horns - with possible variations in each section [..].
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(Translation: Michelle Bulloch - Musitext)