les petits nerveux
French Music for Winds
American Record Guide: Best of Year
Audiophile Audition: Best of Year
Pulse: Five Star, Highest Rating
ClassicsToday.com: 10/10 "Highest Rating"
Hexagon's go-for-broke performance of the title track of this disc, Jean Francaix's Les petits nerveux, sets the tone for a terrific hour of music by some of France's finest composers. Hexagon was a winner of "The Young Concert Artists' International Competition" and here the group plays with wit, panache and a virtuosity that places them in the front ranks of chamber ensembles performing today. Included on this program are two Poulenc favorites, the early Trio, and the masterful 1939 Sextet, as well as works by Roussel and Saint-Saens. Of particular note is a red-hot performance of Saint-Saens' delicious Tarantella. The New York Times called Hexagon "six exceptionally talented musicians" and as evidenced by this recording, that is certainly no exaggeration.
“This cheekily underplayed, over-the-top, flirtatious, French whirlwind of a program is like drinking a third glass of wine and spinning around in a circle...Les Petits Nerveux, one of Francaix’s wackiest scores, is given the last reading it will ever need. Poulenc’s masterly sextet is likewise given the full-blown treatment...Every instrument is heard perfectly, all insecurities banished...” - American Record Guide
“This recording is a real treat.” - ClassicsToday.com (10/10 rating)