John Hollenbeck – Songs We Like a Lot [TrackList follows] – Sunnyside
A covers project with discovery and rediscovery.
IBERT: Le Chavalier errant; Les Amours de Jupiter – Orch. Nat. de Lorraine/ Jacques Mercier – Timpani
Two delightful and little-known Ibert ballet scores.
FLORENT SCHMITT: Le Petit Elfe Ferme-l’Oeil (The Dream God); Introit, Recit et Conge for Cello and Orch. – Soloists/ Orch. Nat. de Lorraine/ Jacques Mercier – Timpani
Two unbelievably spectacular premiere recordings that should be on everyone’s “gotta have” list.
PHILIPPE GAUBERT: Le Chevalier et la Damoiselle – Orch. Philharmonique du Luxembourg/ Marc Soustrot – Timpani
Gaubert’s last work and undisputed masterpiece is finally given the recording it so richly deserves.
DUKAS: Comp. Piano Works – Laurent Wagschal, p. – Timpani
Wagschal’s interpretations are very satisfying, but if you buy, make sure the technical flaw in the recording has been corrected.
GEORGE ONSLOW: Complete Chamber Music with Winds – Ens. Initium/Ens. Contraste – Timpani (2)
George Onslow wrote dozens of chamber works for strings, very little for winds, but as these two French ensembles demonstrate, his work in the medium is far from negligible.