• Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1 & Symphony No. 1 - Gounod: Petite Symphonie

    François Leleux, Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1 & Symphony No. 1 - Gounod: Petite Symphonie 1 cd CKD624
    Linn Records

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In his debut recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra oboist François Leleux celebrates his dual roles of conductor and soloist as he directs performances of Bizet and Gounod. Following several successful collaborations, including a season as a Featured Artist, Leleux has established a strong rapport with the SCO. The programme features Bizet’s Symphony in C, written in two months when the French composer was just eighteen, which is simply full of life, exuding brilliance, charm, wit and wonderful tunes. The Scotsman described his interpretation as ‘brisk, urgent, full of bite, and as playful as you could ever want it to be’. Leleux is particularly suited to performing Gounod’s Petite Symphonie, which was written for nine of the finest wind players in Paris. Directing from the oboe, Leleux joins the SCO section principals as they demonstrate the strength of their chamber music instincts in a performance which sparkles with personality and individuality. To complete the programme Leleux takes listeners to the opera with a suite from Bizet’s Carmen bursting with the drama, passion and entrancing melodies that set this iconic opera apart.

TROPHEES RADIO CLASSIQUE award

"Album of the Week: Here’s a real gem ... Leleux leads the SCO’s crack wind soloists in a sprightly account of the Gounod and has a delicious way with the Bizet pieces ..."
The Sunday Times, 23 February 2020
"5* - François Leleux and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra secure a suitably exuberant and boisterous performance in Bizet and Gounod."
Mail on Sunday, 5 April 2020
"Disc of the Week: Here’s a timely release that’s sure to lift the spirits. Oboist François Leleux conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a delightful programme of French music that oozes Gallic charm and refinement."
Europadisc, 20 March 2020
"Lively and poised. It's a really attractive proposition. A beautifully balanced account. Good recording as well."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review', 14 March 2020
"Beautifully melodic, the piece has the flute to the fore in the slow second movement, and the horns leading the pack in the Scherzo."
The Herald, 23 March 2020
"A fine orchestra and a gifted oboist-conductor charm and sparkle."
Apple Music, 30 March 2020
"Record of the Week: Oboist-conductor François Leleux leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 3 wind-powered wonders full of springtime joie de vivre. Crystal-clear Linn Records sound is a breath of fresh air."
The Symphonist, 21 March 2020
"4* - This is a delightful French feast ... Leleux elicits a balanced variety of warmth and nimble lucidness from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra."
The Scotsman, 10 March 2020
"Under Leleux, the SCO excel in this French repertoire with brilliant and stylish playing that feels absolutely right. Beautifully played, recorded and presented this is a quite delightful release."
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