Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music

Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music

by The Nash Ensemble
     
 

Arriving just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Francis Poulenc's birth, this collection gathers the multifaceted Frenchman's complete chamber music in excellent performances by the members of the Nash Ensemble. Poulenc may still be best-known and loved for his insouciant side, which isSee more details below

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Arriving just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Francis Poulenc's birth, this collection gathers the multifaceted Frenchman's complete chamber music in excellent performances by the members of the Nash Ensemble. Poulenc may still be best-known and loved for his insouciant side, which is apparent here in works such as the rambunctious Sextet for piano and winds and the jovial Sonata for brass trio, but this aspect of the composer's personality is rarely divorced from deeper feeling and sometimes dark undertones. The latter come to the fore in Poulenc's series of memorials to departed friends and fellow artists: the Élégie for Horn composed in memory of Dennis Brain, the Violin Sonata for Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, the Clarinet Sonata for Sergey Prokofiev, and the Oboe Sonata for Arthur Honegger. Along with these major works, the Nash Ensemble gives jaunty accounts of the angular Sonata for Two Clarinets and Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, among Poulenc's earliest works, as well as tiny miniatures for piccolo and for guitar. Among the ensemble's many first-rate players, pianist Ian Brown is the one near-constant on these two discs, and much of the recordings' success is due to his witty and tender presence at the keyboard, the composer's own instrument. Each work sings in its own distinctive voice, and the wide range of Poulenc's invention comes across loud and clear. There have been other memorable recordings of many of these works, but for a complete overview of Poulenc's chamber music this set can't be beat.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571172552
catalogNumber:
67255/6

Tracks

  1. Sextet for wind quintet & piano in C major, FP 100  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  -  Nash Ensemble  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Ian Brown
  2. Sonata for violin & piano, FP 119  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Leo Phillips  - Ian Brown
  3. Sonata for 2 clarinets, FP 7  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Richard Hosford  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Michael Harris
  4. Sonata for horn, trumpet & trombone, FP 33  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - David Purser  - John Wallace  - Richard Watkins
  5. Sonata for cello & piano, FP 143  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Paul Watkins  - Ian Brown
  6. Sonata for clarinet & piano, FP 184  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Richard Hosford  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Ian Brown
  7. Sarabande for guitar, FP 179  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Craig Ogden  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry
  8. Villanelle for pipe (or flute) & piano, FP 74  - Francis Poulenc  - Philippa Davies  - Amelia Freedman  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Ian Brown
  9. Sonata for oboe & piano, FP 185  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Gareth Hulse  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Ian Brown
  10. Élégie, for horn & piano, FP 168  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Watkins  - Ian Brown
  11. Trio for oboe, bassoon & piano, FP 43  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Gareth Hulse  - Ursula Leveaux  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Ian Brown
  12. Sonata for clarinet & bassoon, FP 32  - Francis Poulenc  - Amelia Freedman  - Richard Hosford  - Ursula Leveaux  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry
  13. Sonata for flute & piano, FP 164  - Francis Poulenc  - Philippa Davies  - Amelia Freedman  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Ian Brown

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