POULENC Concert champêtre 4526652
Rogé uses the 'motoric' quality of the harpsichord to provide a vibrant, shimmering foreground against which his woodwinds can scamper and frolic. The orchestra is, untypically for the time, quite large, but is always used with great care for transparency and delicacy. The central sicilienne reaches back in time with grace and elegance before the presto finale brings the composer's cheeky, tongue-in-cheek humour to the fore. This is a real charmer of a work.