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Poulenc: Concertos / Norwegian Radio Orchestra


Release Date: 08/16/2019 
Label:  Lawo Classics   Catalog #: 1173  
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Christian Ihle HadlandHĺvard GimseKare Nordstoga
Conductor:  Thomas SřndergĺrdPeter Szilvay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Francis Poulenc is not an easy composer to relate to. Not the man himself perhaps- though possibly that too- but his music. It is somehow dated. Here is a composer who produced his best works, all more or less completely tonal, at a time when Arnold Schoenberg was writing twelve-tone music and Poulenc’s countrymen Oliver Messiaen and Pierre Boulez were into innovative rhythms, scales and techniques to lift the music out of the realm of subjective emotionalism. This release features three concertos by Francis Poulenc. The Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani (1938) is considered to be the most popular and, perhaps, the most serious. The Piano Concerto (1949), a light concerto a wellspring of musical ideas, more or less brutally Read more juxtaposed. The Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1932) lies perhaps somewhere between these two. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Christian Ihle Hadland (Piano)
Conductor:  Thomas Sřndergĺrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; France 
2.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Christian Ihle Hadland (Piano), Hĺvard Gimse (Piano)
Conductor:  Thomas Sřndergĺrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
3.
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kare Nordstoga (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Szilvay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 

Customer Reviews

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 Poulenc - A Composer Ahead of His Time May 6, 2020 By Ira C. (Wyncote, PA) See All My Reviews "Of all the CDs I've purchased, this is my favorite! While much of Poulenc’s music is considered “neoclassical” in form, the three composition here are more in the European music tradition with distinctive melodies that seem to sing. Of the three, the Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani, composed in1938, is considered the most serious and is my favorite. Is it a kind of “Te Deum” without a text? I only know that some of its slow passages are so beautiful that it appears the composer is praying. The Concerto for Two Pianos, composed in 1932, is another favorite of mine, especially for the lovely melody in its slow movement, so lovely that it is reminiscent of Mozart in its simplicity and beauty. The third piece on this CD is Poulenc’s 1949 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Commissioned by the Boston Symphony, it is considered much more “light” than the other two concerti, yet it too has a wellspring of musical ideas. All three compositions are given first-rate performances by the soloists and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, a fine ensemble. I highly recommend this CD!" Report Abuse
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