Various: French Chamber Music (Naxos Audio CD)

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• The five composers on this disc share the clarity and refinement, brio and wit, and subtle sensuality that permeate French music written between the Franco-Prussian and Second World Wars.

• Each found in literature, the visual arts and the music of Debussy and Ravel touchstones for their own compositions, while expressing their individual personalities.

• Refinement and pellucid textures characterise Tournier’s Suite; vigour, elegance and passion Schmitt’s.

• Françaix’s Quintet, much-loved for its charm and delicacy, matches Roussel’s neo-classical Serenade and complements Pierné’s virtuosic and translucently scored Variations.


Contents and Reviews

Marcel TOURNIER (1879–1951): Suite, Op. 34;
I. Soir: Calme et expressif ; II. Danse: Naïvement
III. Lied: Assez lent, avec mélancolie ; IV. Fête: Animé
Florent SCHMITT (1870–1958) Suite en rocaille, Op. 84;
I. Sans hate; II. Animé ; III. Sans lenteur (mouvement très modéré de menuet); IV. Vif
Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863–1937): Variations libres et final, Op. 51;
Jean FRANÇAIX (1912–1997): Quintette;
I. Andante tranquillo; II. Scherzo; III. Andante; IV. Rondo
Albert ROUSSEL (1869–1937): Sérénade, Op. 30;
I. Allegro; II. Andante; III. Presto