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The wedding party returns to dance a waltz. When the most famous of them all appears, who knows whether it’s in nosethumbing parody or affectionate homage? Erik Satie wrote a ballet, Parade, and this movement shares its riotous surrealism. The bizarre juxtapositions of key reach a climax with the opening crashes of the finale. A policeman blows his whistle in a vain attempt to halt the carnage. Not a note is wasted. Even if you could hardly tell that Ibert loved Wagner, or followed the radical journey of Boulez and friends with interest, the Divertissement would be less diverting if it lacked such polymathic perfectionism.
from notes by Peter Quantrill © 2011