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Gramophone, April 2015

Take yourself to Notre-Dame for a fiver with this live performance by the one-time organist at the Cathedral with alert forces from Lille under a young member of the Casadesus clan. Lefebvre obviously knows the massive organ like the back of his hand and the audience are quiet as church mice, so their applause at the end comes as a nice shock. © 2015 Gramophone

Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, September 2014


Poulenc’s highly effective handling of just strings and timpani is a touch of genius. Opening with a flourish clearly derived from Bach’s great G minor Fantasia, it is a seven-sections-in-one-movement work that moves seamlessly from church to fairground and back again. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

R.E.B., March 2002

"Naxos' recording was released about two years ago and offers two exemplary performances. The organ concerto was recorded live in Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris April 11, 1997 with Philippe Lefebvre as insightful soloist. The enormous instrument produces striking reed sounds as well as thundering low notes. It is to the credit of the engineering team that this monster organ doesn't overpower strings and timpani. The harpsichord concerto is equally successful. Chojnacka plays a harpsichord specially built for her, obviously modeled after Landowska's equally impressive instrument. With judicious engineering there's no problem of balance, all details of the delectable, witty performance clearly heard. Suite francaise is an appropriate filler but finds the Lille orchestra not at its best, with a few trumpet notes that should have been redone. However, the CD is well worth having just for the concertos, and highly recommended - particularly at its budget price."

Geoffrey Crankshaw
Musical Opinion, January 2000

"Here is a worthy celebration of Poulenc's Centenery, a delightful feature of last years music-making.

There is buoyant reading of the popular Organ Concerto in G minor which is played on the Great Organ of Notre-Dame in Paris. Here, registrations are spicy and rhythms springy.

The Concert Champetre finds Poulenc in his cheeky vein, poking fun at the pastoral tradition. Good harpsichord playing here, and excellent orchestral work and conducting both in this piece and the Suite Francaise. Deft, witty music, excellently presented."

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