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Poulenc: Aubade, Sinfonietta; Hahn: Beatrice D'este / Corp


Release Date: 06/08/2004 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55167   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis PoulencReynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Julian Evans
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Seeing the label or listing, older record collectors may think of the New London Orchestra which accompanied Myra Hess and Gina Bachauer during and immediately after the war, and whose last discs appeared in the mid-1950s. But this is a new New London Orchestra, greeted with enthusiasm on its debut only 18 months ago and now entering the record catalogue under its rising young conductor Ronald Corp (who has been making his name in the choral field). His declared aim is to present less frequently played works (though not neglecting others entirely); and this first disc certainly exemplifies his enterprising policy. It is 20 years since we had a new recording of Poulenc's vivacious Sinfonietta, written in 1947 for BBC Radio's Third Programme; Read more and it can be said at once that the present version knocks spots off its predecessor (the Orchestre de Paris under Pretre on EMI—nla), not only in crispness and precision—the scherzo, for example, truly sparkles—but in finesse: the Andante's silky melodic lines are seductive. Critics have been trenchant about Poulenc's lack of ease in symphonic construction (and at 28 minutes this is rather more than the name Sinfonietta might suggest), and the composer himself, in saying that he "dressed too young for his age", seems to have admitted that the flippancy of the finale is a trifle forced; but let us not be too puritanical about a work avowedly written primarily as entertainment, especially when played with such verve and clarity as here (and as admirably recorded).

The orchestra's wind demonstrates its excellent quality in the Hahn (goodness knows how long it is since the last recording of this!), which is scored only for wind, harps and piano. It is an elegantly written pastiche-antique suite of dances, with an apparent homage, in the canonic Trio of the Courante, to Saint-Saens, the work's dedicatee (but was he, as the note claims, Hahn's old master?). This is a soigne performance, with exemplary chording and balance: the "Romanesque" in particular is delicately shaded.

-- Gramophone [10/1989]
reviewing the original release of this title, Hyperion 66347
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Julian Evans (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St. Barnabas' Church, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Sinfonietta by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1948; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St. Barnabas' Church, London, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Le bal de Beatrice d'Este by Reynaldo Hahn
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St. Barnabas' Church, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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