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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67323
Recording details: September 2001
Ulster Hall, Belfast, United Kingdom
Produced by Chris Hazell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: April 2002
Total duration: 8 minutes 43 seconds

Sérénade
composer
1934

Vif  [2'13]
Vivace  [2'37]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
A well-known pre-war recording of Françaix’ music was of his Sérénade for small orchestra by the Hamburg Chamber Orchestra under Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. It is in four movements – Vif; Andantino con moto; Un poco allegretto; Vivace – and can be played by twelve instrumentalists (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone and string quintet), as well as with a fuller string strength, as here. The Sérénade, a highly entertaining work of 1934, may appear indebted to Stravinsky at his most neo-classical, but pre-dates the latter’s similar Dumbarton Oaks.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2002

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