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Stepthen Estep
The Absolute Sound, December 2015

This is one enjoyable hour of exquisite, transparent sound and stunning playing. © 2015 The Absolute Sound




Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, November 2015

This music is all completely enjoyable. It’s full of good tunes, smart jokes, and scoring by a master of the art. The conductor is right on top of the scores’ needs and the playing is tiptop. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, September 2015

Under the baton of the assured Jacques Mercier the Orchestre national de Lorraine shines in this stylish French music. They play with natural warmth and distinctive colour. The sound quality is excellent, clear and well balanced, between the orchestra and the more delicate solo parts. I cannot [imagine] lovers of French music and the ballet in particular being anything other than enchanted with this excellent Timpani release. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, September 2015

The performances of the Lorraine musicians are technically adept… Tempos are adroitly chosen. There’s excellent attention to the details of dynamics, accent and blend that too often get short shrift in recordings of seldom heard music. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, July 2015

Two delightful and little-known Ibert ballet scores. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, June 2015

…the Lorraine National Orchestra and their director Jacques Mercier continue to give us superb renditions of little known French repertoire. Brisk tempos coupled with crisp phrasing bring out all the cheeky irreverence of Ibert’s music, and the LNO musicians prove themselves virtuosos in the many solo passages.

The orchestral timbre is pleasing with shimmering highs, a musical midrange, and impressive bass. © 2015 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, June 2015

This is a great addition to the Ibert discography with Jacques Mercier proving to be a fine interpreter of this music. The Lorraine orchestra approaches this music with great energy and sound committed to bringing these pieces to life. Easily recommendable… © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, May 2015

This is without a doubt a “must have” if you care about great 20th century ballet music—in other words, the kind that you can listen to just for itself.

…the music is unfailingly engaging and often quite beautiful. Its neglect is simply unaccountable, and the performance here is just as fine. The sonics, too, are excellent.

You’re going to love this release. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review





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