New Album: Amuse Bouche
CELEBRATING I FAGIOLINI’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY: AN AMUSE-BOUCHE
OF MODERN FRENCH CHORAL DELICACIES ON DECCA CLASSICS
Release date: 1st April 2016
Award-winning vocal group I Fagiolini celebrate their 30th anniversary with a new release, Amuse Bouche, offering a rich concoction of 20th Century choral delicacies and marking a departure from their previous recordings of Italian Renaissance music. Arranged as a tasting menu, this new Decca Classics recording includes two world premieres bursting with Gallic flavour.
Chief among them is the world premiere recording of a humorous and erotically charged hommage to French cuisine by Jean Françaix. His Ode à la Gastronomie is an affectionate parody of sage advice from the great 19th Century guide to French food and dining, La Physiologie du goût, by Brillat-Savarins. Composed in 1953 but never since performed or recorded, Françaix’s set of songs is best described as “‘9½ Weeks’ meets Jacques Brel meets Raymond Blanc.” Subjects covered range from causes of indigestion to the erotic properties of the black truffle, with the music owing much to Poulenc but also infused with the high octane intellectual aroma of 1950s Parisian café life.