Poulenc: Concertos, Orchestral & Choral Works

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
It may not contain everything written by French modernist composer Francis Poulenc -- the solo works, the chamber works, the stage works, and the songs with piano accompaniment are naturally not included -- but Charles Dutoit's five-disc set of the orchestral works, the concerted works, the sacred choral works, and the vocal works with orchestral accompaniment by Poulenc has everything else that matters and lots, lots more. It has the charming "Piano Concerto" and the delightful "Two Piano Concerto," the impressive "Organ Concerto" and the beguiling harpsichord concerto called "Concert champêtre," the four-movement "Sinfonietta" and the seven-movement "Suite française," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
It may not contain everything written by French modernist composer Francis Poulenc -- the solo works, the chamber works, the stage works, and the songs with piano accompaniment are naturally not included -- but Charles Dutoit's five-disc set of the orchestral works, the concerted works, the sacred choral works, and the vocal works with orchestral accompaniment by Poulenc has everything else that matters and lots, lots more. It has the charming "Piano Concerto" and the delightful "Two Piano Concerto," the impressive "Organ Concerto" and the beguiling harpsichord concerto called "Concert champêtre," the four-movement "Sinfonietta" and the seven-movement "Suite française," the ballet "Les biches" and the Concerto chorégraphique called "Aubade," plus 11 other shorter orchestral works. It has the profane "Le bal masqué" and the sacred "Litanies à la Vierge Noire," the very early "Rapsodie nègre" and the very late "Gloria," plus six other vocal works, including the magnificent "Stabat Mater." While Dutoit may not be the all-time greatest conductor to ever record these works -- surely that honor should go to Georges Prêtre -- he is clearly under the skin of the music, and with such superb soloists as pianist Pascal Rogé, organist Peter Hurford, soprano Françoise Pollet and baritione François Le Roux, and the idiomatic playing of the Orchestre National de France except in the concertos, where the playing of London's Philharmonia is less idiomatic but as persuasive, his five-disc collection contains consistently expert and affectionate performances -- and many more works than Prêtre ever recorded. Whether in London or Paris, Decca's digital recordings from the early '90s are cool, smooth, clear, and colorful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947584544
  • Catalog Number: 000882302
  • Sales rank: 16,469

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, FP 146 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (19:41)
  2. 4–6 Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra in D minor, FP 61 - Francis Poulenc & Sylviane Deferne (18:38)
  3. 7–13 Concerto for organ, strings & timpani in G minor, FP 93 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (22:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Sinfonietta, for chamber orchestra, FP 141 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (28:32)
  2. 5–7 Concert champêtre, for harpsichord & orchestra, FP 49 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (24:58)
  3. 6 Pièce brève sur le nom d'Albert Roussel, for piano (for collab. work, Hommage à Albert Roussel), FP 50 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (2:12)
  4. 7 Bucolique, for orchestra (for collab. work, Variations sur le nom de Marguerite Long), FP 160 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (2:31)
  5. 8 Esquisse d'un fanfare, for winds, percussion & piano (overture for Act V of Shakespeare, Roméo & Juliet), FP 25 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (2:55)
  6. 11–13 Deux marches et un intermède, for chamber orchestra, FP 88 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (5:21)
  7. 14–20 Suite française (d'après Claude Gervaise), for winds, percussion & harpsichord, FP 80 - Francis Poulenc & B. Balet (11:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1–5 Les biches, suite for orchestra (from the ballet), FP 36 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (19:58)
  2. 6–11 Les animaux modèles, suite for orchestra, FP 111 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (20:43)
  3. 7 Matelote provençale, for orchestra (for collab. work, La guirlande de Campra), FP 153 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (1:25)
  4. 8 Pastourelle, ballet movement (for collab. work, L'éventail de Jeanne), FP 45 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (1:54)
  5. 9 Valse (pour Micheline Soulé), for piano in C major (for collab. work, Album des Six), FP 17 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (1:50)
  6. 10 Discours du général, ballet movement (for collab. ballet, Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel, by Les Six), FP 23/1 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (0:55)
  7. 11 Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel, ballet (collaborative work: nos. 3-4 only), FP 23: La Baigneuse de Trouville (Nos. 3 & 4) - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (1:57)
  8. 17–24 Aubade, choreographic concerto for piano & 18 instruments, FP 51 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (20:19)
  9. 25–27 Deux préludes posthumes et 3e gnossienne (orchestraton of 3 piano works of Erik Satie), FP 104 - Francis Poulenc & Charles Dutoit (9:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1–6 Le bal masqué, for baritone (or mezzosoprano) & chamber ensemble, FP 60 - Francis Poulenc & B. Balet (18:02)
  2. 7–12 Le bestiaire (Cortège d'Orphée), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber ensemble), FP 15a - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (4:52)
  3. 13–17 Rapsodie nègre, for baritone & chamber ensemble, FP 3 - Francis Poulenc & B. Balet (11:01)
  4. 18–20 Cocardes, song cycle for voice & piano (or ensemble), FP 16 - Jean Cocteau & Francis Poulenc (7:21)
  5. 21–23 Trois mouvements perpétuels, for chamber orchestra (orchestration of piano work, FP 14) - Francis Poulenc & B. Balet (6:27)
  6. 24–37 Le gendarme incompris, incidental music, FP 20 - Jean Cocteau & Francis Poulenc (21:11)
  7. 38–41 Quatre poèmes de Max Jacob, for baritone voice & wind ensemble, FP 22 - Francis Poulenc & B. Balet (6:22)
Disc 5
  1. 1–6 Gloria, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, FP 177 - Francis Poulenc & Choeur de l'Armee Francaise (22:16)
  2. 2 Litanies à la Vierge Noire, for women's chorus & organ (or strings & timpani), FP 82 - Francis Poulenc & Denis Dupays (8:58)
  3. 8–19 Stabat Mater, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, FP 148 - Francis Poulenc & Choeur de l'Armee Francaise (31:24)
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