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Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music Vol 2 / Tharaud, Mourja, Etc

Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553612   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Graf MourjaAlexandre TharaudRonald van SpaendonckFrançoise Groben
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Francis Poulenc reportedly felt uncomfortable writing for piano and strings and had harsh things to say about both the violin and cello sonatas, remarks duly parroted by critics and biographers ever since. And yet the fact remains that they are his most ambitious, lengthiest, and emotionally complex chamber works. As so often happens in these circumstances, it's much easier to regurgitate received opinion than it is to actually listen to the music and take it on its own terms.

Alexandre Tharaud, whose superb pianism enlivened Volume I of this ongoing series, plays this music with a freshness, seriousness, and bigness of gesture that reveals its greatness at every point. In the
Read more Violin Sonata, he and his partner Graf Mourja really do make the finale a "Presto tragico" rather than a series of cartoon episodes. Similarly, the four-movement Cello Sonata, Poulenc's largest chamber work, is so strongly projected and sensitively balanced that the composer's reservations simply vanish. The Clarinet Sonata, of course, is "classic" Poulenc: Tharaud and Ronald Van Spaendonck have a ball both with its suavity and its caustic wit. When Poulenc writes "très rude" over the solo part, that's exactly what we get. The recording is extremely vivid: close up, in your face, and a bit dry--ideal for this music. Bring on Volume 3! [4/30/2000]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Graf Mourja (Violin), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Venue:  Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 18 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997)
Composition written: France (1942 - 1943).
Composition revised: France (1949). 
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Ronald van Spaendonck (Clarinet), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; France 
Venue:  Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997) 
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Françoise Groben (Cello), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; France 
Venue:  Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 21 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997) 
Le bal masqué: Bagatelle by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Graf Mourja (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Venue:  Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Francis Poulenc (1932)
Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997) 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata: Allegro con fuoco
Violin Sonata: Intermezzo: Tres lent et calme
Violin Sonata: Presto tragico
Bagatelle in D minor: for Violin and Piano
Clarinet Sonata: Allegro tristemente: Allegretto - tres calme - tempo allegretto
Clarinet Sonata: Romanza: Tres calme
Clarinet Sonata: Allegro con fuoco: Tres anime
Cello Sonata: Allegro -Tempo di Marcia: Sans trainer
Cello Sonata: Cavatine: Tres calme
Cello Sonata: Ballabile: Tres anime et gai
Cello Sonata: Finale: Largo, tres librement - presto subito

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