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Lefrancois: 'Balneaire-Chamber Music'

Magazine article Gramophone

Lefrancois: 'Balneaire-Chamber Music'

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Lefrancois

'Balneaire--Chamber Music' Sextuor mixte (a). Padouk phantasticus (b). Toccata sesta d'apres Frescobaldi (c). Approaching a City (d). Erinnerung (c). Le nouveau balneaire (e) (a) Magali Mosnier fl (d) Francois Meyer ob (abd) Paul Meyer cl (d) Gilbert Audin (bn) (ae) Cyril Guillotin, (e) Nima Sarkechik (pf) (b) Ria Ideta mari (a) members of the (c) Parisii Quartet

Evidence [F] EVCD005 (50' * DDD)

It would be hard and probably undesirable to pin any sort of label on the music of Laurent Lefrancois, the French composer born in 1974. Each of the pieces on this disc seems to be stylistically self-contained. There are nods to the milieu of Les Six and other French composers in the Sextuor mixte (2003) for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano, though the booklet-note writer points to the influence of Janacek. If that is so, it is a Janacek with a very pronounced Gallic accent, shot through with idioms and rhythmic cunning characteristic of propulsive minimalism. …

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