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David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

The musical career of Jacques Desbriere has been in two parts separated by years working in the world of commerce, returning to composition in an Indian Summer…the Cinq pieces etranges for flute and piano…show a composer clinging to the style of music in his youth, the influences of Francaix ever present in the tuneful and piquant writing, the fast third piece calling for much happy agility. From that same period came the Huit preludes interieurs for solo piano, the changing moods captured in pieces of cameo length and with a little thematic help from Chopin. We arrive in 2011 for his Piano Concerto, a score that almost quotes from Ravel, but also shows that Desbriere is well aware of modern tonality in the extended and busy opening movement. A relaxed central movement leads to a highly energized finale that is the successor to Francaix and Ibert. It is played with much panache by the Swedish-born pianist, Cecilia Lofstrand, who also performs in the other two works, Gallois appearing as both flautist and conductor…the recording comes from the premiere league. © 2014 David’s Review Center

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