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Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music Vol 1

Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553611   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe BernoldOlivier DoiseRonald van SpaendonckLaurent Lefèvre,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This excellent first volume in what promises to be a two-disc collection of Poulenc's complete chamber music offers performances that compare favorably with the best available. All of the musicians are superb, but several deserve special mention. Alexandre Tharaud plays Poulenc's piano parts with great flair, wit, and a true feeling for the music's manic shifts from raucous high spirits to nostalgia and melancholy. Since all of these works feature the piano, the importance of his contribution can't be overestimated. Laurent Lefèvre's reedy, piercing, truly "French" sounding bassoon is a highlight both of the Sextet and the delicious Trio for piano, oboe, and bassoon. It's very difficult to find a bassoon
Read more player with sufficient dynamic range to balance the more penetrating tones of the other players, and Lefèvre not only holds his own in the ensemble, but his unfailing musicality and dead accurate intonation triumphantly vindicates the affection that Poulenc shows for his instrument. Finally Olivier Doise's oboe playing offers a sweet, focused tone throughout his range, and this makes the Oboe Sonata a much more moving and less squeaky affair than it so easily becomes in less sympathetic hands. If the string players in Volume II offer the same level of accomplishment, then this series will be the outstanding bargain of Poulenc's centenary year. As it stands, this initial installment, brightly and clearly recorded, is indispensable. Look for further volumes to be released throughout 2000, beginning in early spring. [1/2/2000]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Bernold (Flute), Olivier Doise (Oboe), Ronald van Spaendonck (Clarinet),
Laurent Lefèvre (Bassoon), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Hervé Joulain (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1939; France 
Length: 17 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Olivier Doise (Oboe), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; France 
Length: 13 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Henri Dutilleux (1916 - ). 
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Olivier Doise (Oboe), Laurent Lefèvre (Bassoon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Bernold (Flute), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Villanelle for Pipe and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Bernold (Recorder), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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