If you're a true devotee of Chabrier, you've of course, known about this collection since about 1961. It's never been bettered. Sure, you keep Ansermet, Dervaux, Wolff and a few others knocking about your vinyl and CD shelves. But when weeding-out time comes around, this one stays.
The bon vivant that was Paul Paray understood that to keep good dinner conversation going you have to move things along, keep up your end of the chatter, and keep it light and elegant. That's all Chabrier ever wanted and his music is easily understood and loved.
Unfortunately, especially in the case of Ansermet, too many try to make Chabrier more than he wants to be. Ansermet's tempi are down, while Paray's are up-up-up...and lo, and behold, if you look at the score, the old man proves true to the composer's markings...the only recorded maestro who does.
What's there not to understand? Paray's is THE Chabrier disc...and the Roussel, thrown in at no extra charge, proves a perfect digestive for an elegant and jovial dinner.