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Poulenc: Aubade, Concerto Pour Piano, Etc / Tacchino, Prêtre


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64714   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gabriel TacchinoBernard Ringeissen
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire ParisMonte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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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 (on EMI CZS 7626902 with Les Biches, Les Animaux modèles, and the Concert champêtre). Although the magic of that performance is not quite
Read more matched here, these are nevertheless impressive performances that beautifully handle and balance 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]
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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. 
Notes: Selection recorded May 3 and October 13, 1965. 
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. 

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