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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

'Again and again while listening to Thierry Fischer's ebullient performances I smile and wish that I had met Jean Françaix' (Gramophone)

'An hour of pure joy' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Ulster Orchestra sound captivated by this music, as well they might … pure pleasure from beginning to end' (International Record Review)

'This collection serves to remind us what 20th-century joys can be found away from the fashionable modernists. The Ulster players may not actually be French, but they fooled me. An utter delight' (The Times)

'The Ulster Orchestra has acquired a deserved reputation for the strength of its sectional work and the quality of its soloists, both aspects of performance that come to the fore in Françaix … Highly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'thoroughly entertaining and immensely intelligent' (The Evening Standard)

'Thierry Fischer secures some authentically Gallic character from the Ulster Orchestra … Wonderful' (Yorkshire Post)

'Très bien composé, ce nouveau disque témoigne parfaitement des influences et des particularismes de l’art clair et spirituel de Françaix' (Répertoire, France)

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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