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Français: Le Roi Nu, etc / Fischer, Ulster Orchestra

Album Summary

>Francaix, Jean [Composer] : Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Cl
>Francaix, Jean [Composer] : Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto b
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The third in Hyperion's series of orchestral recordings featuring music by Jean Francaix perfectly encapsulates the world of his humorous, civilized and quintessentially French composer. 'Le roi nu' paraphrases the story (by Hans Christian Anderson) of the emperor who allows himself to be fooled into parading around the court totally naked. 'Les demoiselles de la nuit' is an altogether more moody affair. It involves a beautiful young kitten in love with a human violinist.

'Thierry Fischer seems totally attuned to Françaix's idiom, and the engineers have captured the excellent acoustics of Belfast's Ulster Hallto colourful effect. The Ulster Orchestra plays with wit, point and vitality: it can rarely if ever have sounded better on record' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The playing throughout is sensitive and fully attentive to the varied rhythms, while the sound is clear and bright, bringing out Françaix's imaginative writing for individual instruments, especially the woodwind. The CD will not change opinions of Françaix; but it will surely suit those who already appreciate his style' (Gramophone)

'It's the conductor Thierry Fischer's third Françaix disc with the Ulster Orchestra, and the players now have the composer's style off to a T' (The Times)

'This is the third Françaix CD from Thierry Fischer and the Ulster Orchestra. I'll extend the praise they've already received from other reviewers by saying that these performances are polished and idiomatic. With their rhythmic point and colour, they invite the dance. The engineering is well balanced and not hyped' (International Record Review)

'The musicians are excellent, not merely in instrumental sections or as a balanced ensemble, but in their respective solo passages as well. They shine in providing intimate, strongly characterised work that brings the tenements of L es demoiselles de la nuit to life. Combine this with competent liner notes and spacious sound, and you have an album that should please older fans of Françaix, and make new ones out of a fresh generation of listeners' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Jean Françaix (Composer) (1912 - 1997) : Le Roi Nu (The Naked King), ballet in 4 scenes after Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Cl
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland (03/22/2004/03/23/2004)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1936

>Jean Françaix (Composer) (1912 - 1997) : Les Demoiselles de la Nuit (The Ladies of the Night), ballet for cats in 2 scenes after a libretto b
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland (03/22/2004/03/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1948