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Poulenc: Organ Concerto, Concert Champêtre, Etc / Lefebvre


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554241   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe LefebvreElisabeth Chojnacka
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Naxos has done it again! Francis Poulenc's delicious Concert Champêtre for harpsichord and orchestra, surely the finest work of its genre, also is one of the most difficult to bring off. The problem is one of balance: it was composed for a huge Pleyel harpsichord, which had the dynamic range of a modern grand piano. Usually it's played on a tiny little Baroque instrument, with the balance problems left to the recording engineers, who either blow it completely or adjust matters electronically, which is equally unconvincing. Here, finally, is a performance that works: the right-sounding instrument, dazzling execution, and excellent sonics. The same holds true for the Organ Concerto, appropriately captured
Read more in live performance before a very quiet audience in Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris. In fact, not since the recordings supervised by the composer himself have we had this music rendered with such idiomatic flair.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Lefebvre (Organ)
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Date of Recording: 04/11/1997 
Venue:  Live  Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Concert champêtre for Harpsichord by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Elisabeth Chojnacka (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-28; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  New Century Auditorium, Lille, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3. Suite française after Claude Gervaise for Chamber Orchestra by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Elisabeth Chojnacka (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  New Century Auditorium, Lille, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Organ Concerto in G minor: I. Andante
Organ Concerto in G minor: II. Allegro giocoso
Organ Concerto in G minor: III. Andante moderato
Organ Concerto in G minor: IV. Tempo allegro. Molto agitato
Organ Concerto in G minor: V. Tres calme. Lent
Organ Concerto in G minor: VI. Tempo de I' Allegro intial
Organ Concerto in G minor: VII. Tempo Introduction. Largo
Concert champetre: I. Allegro molto. Adagio. Allegro molto
Concert champetre: II. Andante: Mouvement de Sicilienne
Concert champetre: III. Finale: Presto
Suite francaise: I. Bransle de Bourgogne
Suite francaise: II. Pavane
Suite francaise: III. Petite marche militaire
Suite francaise: IV. Complainte
Suite francaise: V. Bransle de Champagne
Suite francaise: VI. Sicilienne
Suite francaise: VII. Carillon

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