Poulenc: Aubade & Sinfonietta; Hahn: Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este

Poulenc: Aubade & Sinfonietta; Hahn: Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este

by New London Orchestra
     
 

The pairing of Francis Poulenc and Reynaldo Hahn on this album may seem contrived merely because of biographical parallels between the two men, for their musical approaches and styles are quite different, if not at odds. Poulenc's neo-Classical, self-conscious parodies in the "Sinfonietta" and the dry, sarcastic wit of the "Aubade" are a world away from Hahn's pretty,… See more details below

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The pairing of Francis Poulenc and Reynaldo Hahn on this album may seem contrived merely because of biographical parallels between the two men, for their musical approaches and styles are quite different, if not at odds. Poulenc's neo-Classical, self-conscious parodies in the "Sinfonietta" and the dry, sarcastic wit of the "Aubade" are a world away from Hahn's pretty, even precious, Romanticism, which is unabashedly on display in "La bal de Béatrice d'Este." However, the discerning listener may find in Poulenc streaks of Hahn's pensiveness and languor, which his comic antics never completely conceal; and there is in Hahn a buoyant, diatonic tunefulness that is readily found in Poulenc. (Interestingly, some of Poulenc's adaptations of Renaissance music bear a remarkable similarity to Hahn's antique pastiches in this ballet.) Furthermore, their fondness for unusual chamber combinations is striking, and the transition from the "Aubade" to "La bal de Béatrice d'Este" is not at all jarring because they both share the charm and ambience of the salon orchestra. The New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp and featuring Julian Evans as pianist, plays with conviviality and bright color, and the sound of the original 1989 recording is pleasant. There appears to be no remastering for this 2004 Helios reissue.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571151670
catalogNumber:
55167
Rank:
206547

Tracks

  1. Sinfonietta, for chamber orchestra, FP 141  - Francis Poulenc  - Ronald Corp  - Cecile Kelly  -  New London Orchestra  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Julian Evans
  2. Aubade, choreographic concerto for piano & 18 instruments, FP 51  - Francis Poulenc  - Ronald Corp  - Cecile Kelly  -  New London Orchestra  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Julian Evans
  3. La bal de Béatrice d'Este, ballet  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Ronald Corp  - Cecile Kelly  -  New London Orchestra  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Julian Evans

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