Ravel, Faure, Poulenc, Ibert

£12.00

The LCO return to disc on Signum with a new programme of French orchestral works by Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc and Ibert. Their ‘LCO Live’ series captures the vibrant, exciting performances they give at their London home of St. John’s, Smith Square. Singled out as one of the capital’s (and the nation’s) leading ensembles, the LCO and their Music Director Christopher Warren-Green performed for the wedding service of TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier this year.
 
“The concerts of Warren-Green and the London Chamber Orchestra at St John’s, Smith Square aren’t often noticed in the press, but their large regular audience knows that they are some of the most exciting in London.”
The Times
 
SKU: SIGCD211

What people are saying

"Here’s a recording guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Enthusiastic and fun, yet with touching, tender moments and a clever awareness of the music’s irony, the London Chamber Orchestra delivers a witty, exuberant collection." Classic FM Magazine

"Spry, clipped music-making, and a lovely French programme, capped by Roge’s ebullient account of Poulenc’s mercurial, flamboyant Piano Concerto." BBC Music Magazine

London Chamber Orchestra

Pascal Roge

Christopher Warren-Green

Release date:25th Jul 2011
Order code:SIGCD211
Barcode: 635212021125

October 2011

Spry, clipped music-making, and a lovely French programme, capped by Roge’s ebullient account of Poulenc’s mercurial, flamboyant Piano Concerto. Ibert’s Divertissement is also sharply energetic, especially in its riotous finale.

BBC Music Magazine

 

October 2011

The Music French music seems more susceptible than most to broad brush generalisations about style and tone, but whilst all four composers featured here are late-Romantics, the music is more varied than you’d expect "? from the wistful Pavanes to the outrageous brashness of lbert and the principal work, Poulenc’s Piano Concerto.

The Performance live concert recordings aren’t always successful, but with this programme of combined charm and exuberance, the London Chamber Orchestra deliver a crowd pleaser. Pascal Roge has become something of a Poulenc expert, and his sympathetic yet witty playing makes sense of Poulenc’s profusion of ideas in the centrepiece Piano Concerto, getting the right balance between fun and musical sophistication.
 
The works Ravel and Faure – both takes on the Pavane benefit from the warm and expressive orchestral playing before everyone gets into the spirit of lbert’s crazy chaotic world.
 
The Verdict Here’s a recording guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Enthusiastic and fun, yet with touching, tender moments and a clever awareness of the music’s irony, the London Chamber Orchestra delivers a witty, exuberant collection.
Want more? On the strength of this CD, I’d be tempted to try others in the LCO Live series (Signum Classics).
 
 
 
 
 

Classic FM Magazine

  1. Le Tombeau de Couperin: Pr?lude: Vif – M. Ravel – 3.28
  2. Le Tombeau de Couperin: Forlane: Allegretto – M. Ravel – 6.04
  3. Le Tombeau de Couperin: Menuet: Allegro moderato – M. Ravel – 4.34
  4. Le Tombeau de Couperin: Assez vif – M. Ravel – 3.14
  5. Pavane Op.50 – G. Faur? – 6.20
  6. Piano Concerto: Allegretto – F. Poulenc – 10.17
  7. Piano Concerto: Andante con moto – F. Poulenc – 5.20
  8. Piano Concerto: Rondeau ? la fran?aise – F. Poulenc – 4.02
  9. Pavane pour une infante d?funte – M. Ravel – 6.29
  10. Divertissement: Introduction – J. Ibert – 1.10
  11. Divertissement: Cortege – J. Ibert – 5.10
  12. Divertissement: Nocturne – J. Ibert – 2.52
  13. Divertissement: Valse – J. Ibert – 3.09
  14. Divertissement: Parade – J. Ibert – 1.49
  15. Divertissement: Finale – J. Ibert – 2.10