As in nearly all of [Jean Francaix’s] music, there is a wonderful French sense of humor here. There is also an overall feeling of great simplicity, making one feel these works are great fun for the musicians to play.
The Quintet No. 1 of 1948 is a bit more complex, but still retains light and swinging interplay between the instruments. The Second Quintet[’s] Toccata movement allow for demonstrations of instrumental virtuosity from all five players, and its Scherzo in 5/8 time is full of instrumental colors and great melodies. Francaix intended to create “music that gives pleasure,” and he fully succeeds in these woodwind works. This is also the only SACD version of the music available. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review