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Robert Hollingworth in new film for world premiere CD of Jean Francaix's 'Ode à la gastronomie'

Posted on 21 January 2016

In April, Reader in Music Robert Hollingworth and his top British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini make a major new release on Decca Classics of 20th century French music: Amuse-Bouche.

It includes world premieres of Milhaud's Deux poèmes (1919) and Jean Francaix's 1950 twelve-voice choral masterpiece Ode à la gastronomie.  The piece gently satirises the French attitude to dining, notably through the classic of the French attitude to food, Brillat-Savarin's Physiologie du goût (1825).

This week I Fagiolini are filming an entire dramatisation of the Ode – set in a restaurant and its kitchen, with the twelve singers as cooks.  It is directed by John La Bouchardiere after a concept by Robert Hollingworth (who directed the music performance).  It is filmed by Polyphonic Films who also filmed The Full Monteverdi with I Fagiolini in 2007.

A short demo film about the CD can be seen here: