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Poulenc: The Works For Piano / Gabriel Tacchino

Poulenc
Release Date: 01/13/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 501363   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel TacchinoBernard RingeissenJacques Février
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire ParisMonte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is great refinement here counterbalanced by an appealing grittiness, and a very French ambience.

These Poulenc Concertos have always seemed to bring out the best in musicians. I cannot think of one recording I have not enjoyed. I suppose the players appreciate their fun and insouciance. I remember being introduced to the wit and enchantment of the Concerto for Two Pianos through the 1962 EMI recording that featured Poulenc himself, together with Jacques Février, as the soloists with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra conducted, as here, by Georges Prêtre. Although the magic of that performance is not quite matched here, these are nevertheless impressive performances that beautifully handle and balance
Read more the contrasting worlds of the music hall and the cloisters evident in so much of Poulenc's glittering, sophisticated music. There is great refinement here counterbalanced by an appealing grittiness, and a very French ambience.

Gabriel Tacchino is the starred soloist in all three works. He is joined by Ringeissen in the Concerto for Two Pianos composed in 1932 (this recording was made in Monte Carlo in 1983). They blend together perfectly: Just listen to the exquisite phrasing and dynamics of the "rivulet" piano figures at the end of the first movement, for instance. And Prêtre supplies a beautifully controlled and phrased accompaniment, so that the coy beauty of the Larghetto sounds sublime. The 1966 Paris recording of the Piano Concerto (composed in 1949) is full of joie de vivre, with the haunting Andante beautifully paced and shaped. The Aubade, recorded in 1965, is an interesting bonus. It started life in 1929 as a ballet that spotlit a piano and a female dancer portraying Diana, the goddess of hunting, virginity, and the moon. The ballet concerns her desire for love and her efforts to escape her fate of eternal chastity. This early work has many pre-echoes of material that would later be sublimated in the two piano concertos and other works. Together with the composer's own recording of the Concerto for Two Pianos, these are readings to be cherished.

-- Ian Lace, FANFARE [11/2001]
reviewing Aubade, the Piano Concerto and the Concerto for 2 Pianos, previously reissued as EMI 64714


Gabriel Tacchino's fastidious recordings of Francis Poulenc's piano music date from 1966 to 1983 and have been issued several times on LP and CD, most notably and comprehensively on the 1988 double disc Oeuvres pour piano from EMI Music France. This EMI Encore CD includes the most popular of the pieces, such as the droll Trois mouvements perpétuels, the sentimental Trois Novellettes, the deceptively simple Suite française (d'apres Claude Gervais), and the delightful set of piano miniatures for children, Villageoises; yet the most characteristic and revealing of Poulenc's witty keyboard compositions, the Improvisations (15), are missing, no doubt due to the time constraints of a single disc. But there are two works not included on the 1988 set that almost compensate, the spiky Sonate pour piano à quatre mains and the jocular L'embarquement pour Cythère, brilliantly performed by Tacchino and Jacques Fevrier in 1972. Completists will find this CD worth having for these rare recordings, even though the rest of the selections are duplicated on the double disc. However, as a representative compilation of Poulenc's fanciful and fun piano music, this disc should satisfy newcomers if the fuller collection is unavailable. The clear sound quality is identical to the previous release, without any signs of new remastering.

-- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic.com
reviewing EMI 85457 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 19 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Bernard Ringeissen (Piano), Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1983 
Venue:  Salle Garnier, Monte Carlo 
Length: 19 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for 2 Pianos by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano), Jacques Février (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; France 
5.
L'embarquement pour Cythère for 2 Pianos by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano), Jacques Février (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
6.
Élégie for Piano, FP 175 by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano), Jacques Février (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; France 
7.
Le bal masqué: Capriccio for 2 Pianos by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano), Jacques Février (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
8.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano), Jacques Février (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Mouvements perpétuels (3) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1966 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10.
Valse for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1966 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11.
Suite for Piano in C major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920/1926; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1979 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12.
Impromptus (5) for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920/1939; France 
13.
Promenades (10) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
14.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Pastourelle by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1966 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
15.
Novelettes (2) for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1928; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1966 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
16.
Pieces (3) for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928/1953; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1980 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
17.
Villageoises by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1983 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
18.
Feuillets d'album (3) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
19.
Presto for Piano in B flat major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1967 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
20.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1943; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1982 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
21.
Humoresque for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1980 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
22.
Badinage by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
23.
Suite française after Claude Gervaise for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1967 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 11 Minutes 37 Secs. 
24.
Bourrée au pavillon d'Auvergne for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1983 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
25.
Française by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1983 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
26.
Mélancolie by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1980 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
27.
Novelette sur un thème de Manuel de Falla for Piano in E minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1966 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
28.
Napoli by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
29.
Les soirées de Nazelles by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1936; France 
30.
Improvisation for Piano no 15 in C minor, FP 176 "Hommage à Edith Piaf" by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; France 

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