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Poulenc: Piano Music Vol 1 / Olivier Cazal


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553929   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Francis Poulenc was an elegant composer of numerous works for soloists, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and the stage. His style was lighthearted but genuine, simple yet complex. An excellent pianist, Poulenc wrote a vast amount of piano music in long and short forms. This disc, Naxos' first volume of solo piano music featuring French pianist Olivier Cazal, includes a variety of compositions written by Poulenc throughout his lifetime. Meticulously crafted and idiomatic, these works are a pleasure to behold. Poulenc uses standard musical terms for many of his titles (i.e., "nocturne," "suite," "intermezzi," etc.) but they don't apply to his music in the same fashion as Chopin, Bach, or Brahms. In Poulenc's musical sphere, titles are purely Read more suggestive; they provide the structure. For example, his 'Nocturnes,' delicate musings infused with rhythmic twists do not recall Chopin's use of rubato melodic line with repeated accompaniment patterns. This isn't an issue; Poulenc's 'Nocturnes,' with Cazal at the helm, are lyrical and compelling. Also on this disc is 'Promenades,' written for pianist Artur Rubinstein. In ten brief movements, these pieces serve as a surreal, humorous depiction of travel. As with much of Poulenc's music, a chuckle while listening is a familiar response. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturnes (8) for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1938; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 18 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Piano in C major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920/1926; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Promenades (10) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 14 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Pastourelle by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Villageoises by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Feuillets d'album (3) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1943; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Bourrée au pavillon d'Auvergne for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
Valse for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Cazal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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