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Poulenc: Ballet Suites / Jean-Pierre Armengaud

Poulenc / Jean-pierre Armengaud
Release Date: 09/09/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 573170  
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Armengaud
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This program brings together première recordings of Francis Poulenc’s own piano versions of his ‘ballet of atmosphere’ Les Biches and ‘choreographic concerto’ Aubade, as well as the first digital recording of the suite from Les Animaux modèles, inspired by the fables of La Fontaine and compiled by Grant Johannesen with the composer’s agreement. ‘Piano scores’ are an essential part of rehearsing and choreographing any ballet, but the piano was also indispensable to Poulenc’s compositional process. He owed his love of classical dance to years of working closely with Dyaghilev, and his music brims with subtlety, humour, genuine emotion, piquant harmonies and rhythmic lightness. This program brings together première recordings of Francis Poulenc’s own piano versions of his ‘ballet of atmosphere’ Les Biches and ‘choreographic concerto’ Aubade, as well as the first digital recording of the suite from Les Animaux modèles, inspired by the fables of La Fontaine and compiled by Grant Johannesen with the composer’s agreement. ‘Piano scores’ are an essential part of rehearsing and choreographing any ballet, but the piano was also indispensable to Poulenc’s compositional process. He owed his love of classical dance to years of working closely with Dyaghilev, and his music brims with subtlety, humour, genuine emotion, piquant harmonies and rhythmic lightness. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Les biches: Suite by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; France 
2.
Les animaux modčles: Suite by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 
3.
Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 

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