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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: 3 minutes 44 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)

Pavane pour un Génie vivant

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This homage to Ravel, Pavane pour un Génie vivant, commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of his death. It was written for the Radio France Montpellier Festival of 1987 and carries the subtitle ‘à la mémoire de Maurice Ravel, si présent parmi nous …’. The Pavane was first performed in Pézenas on July 23 of that year by the Philharmonie de Chambre de Pologne. The conductor was Michel Béroff. Scored for two flutes, one oboe, cor anglais, two clarinets, two bassoons and strings, and prefaced with a quotation from Blaise Pascal (‘Le cœur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connait pas’), which epitomises an aspect of Ravel’s creative make-up – that eternally fascinating combination of the fastidious and the passionate. This restrained, evocative piece in 3/4 time makes a brief but finely-wrought epicedium to the master.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2002

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