Album: Poulenc, Concerto pour Deux Pianos et Orchestre – Nima Eterna Brugge (Zig Zag)

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Jos van Immerseel's period-instruments orchestra continues its survey of French music with this toothsome programme.

The dryest of kettle drums introduces a piquant "Concerto". The Mozartian accents are delivered with pithy wit, while Immerseel and Claire Chevalier play on flirty Erards. "Suite Française" sees the orchestra raid a stylistic dressing-up box, with shades of Berlioz and Bizet. "Concert Champêtre" has an urban tartness that belies its coy title.