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Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music Vol 4


Release Date: 11/14/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553614   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alexandre TharaudSerge KrichewskiFranck LeguérinelMarc Bauer,   ... 
Conductor:  Pierre-Michel Durand
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Naxos' first-rate edition of Poulenc's complete chamber music continues with this very fine collection of shorter pieces and song cycles for voice and small ensemble. Baritone Franck Leguérinel turns in a smashing performance of Le Bal masqué from its manic opening Air de bravoure to the hysterical falsetto antics in the closing Caprice. He's equally fine in Le Bestiaire, but the cruel vocal line and harmonic acerbities of the Max Jacob songs prove less congenial, though he's no less stylistically assured. As in previous volumes, Alexandre Tharaud's perfectly idiomatic piano playing (and percussion in the loony Cocardes) unifies the program and maintains the highest level of accomplishment throughout, whether in the austere Elégie for horn Read more and piano, or the Ravelian delicacy of the Rapsodie nègre. His colleagues match him in accomplishment: there are no weak links in this crowd. The notes are extensive, and the booklet includes complete texts and translations. Many full-priced editions of this music offer far less value, both artistically and with respect to presentation. You simply can't go wrong with any of the discs in this series, and at these prices you can surely afford to collect them all.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le bal masqué by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Serge Krichewski (Oboe), Franck Leguérinel (Baritone),
Marc Bauer (Cornet), Ronald van Spaendonck (Clarinet), Françoise Groben (Cello),
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (Violin), Marie Gondeau (Bassoon), Francoise Rivalland (Percussion)
Conductor:  Pierre-Michel Durand
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Length: 17 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Espace Carpeaux, Courbevoie, France (1995 - 1997); Temple de Bon-Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997) 
2.
Le bestiaire by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Ronald van Spaendonck (Clarinet), Franck Leguérinel (Baritone),
Françoise Groben (Cello), Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (Violin), Laurent Lefèvre (Bassoon),
Céline Nessi (Flute), Sabine Toutain (Viola), Thibault Vieux (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997); Espace Carpeaux, Courbevoie, France (1995 - 1997)
Composition written: France (1918 - 1919). 
3.
Poems (4) of Max Jacob by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Hanon (Bassoon), Philippe Bernold (Flute), Olivier Doise (Oboe),
Franck Leguérinel (Baritone), André Moisan (Clarinet), Marc Bauer (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Espace Carpeaux, Courbevoie, France (1995 - 1997); Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997) 
4.
Rapsodie nègre by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Franck Leguérinel (Baritone), Ronald van Spaendonck (Clarinet), Françoise Groben (Cello),
Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Sabine Toutain (Viola), Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (Violin),
Thibault Vieux (Violin), Céline Nessi (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997); Espace Carpeaux, Courbevoie, France (1995 - 1997) 
5.
Cocardes by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Delage (Percussion), Thibault Vieux (Violin), Jean Delescluse (Tenor),
Jacques Mauger (Trombone), Alexandre Tharaud (Percussion), Guy Touvron (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997); Espace Carpeaux, Courbevoie, France (1995 - 1997) 
6.
Elégie for Horn and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Hervé Joulain (French Horn), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997); Espace Carpeaux, Courbevoie, France (1995 - 1997) 
7.
Sarabande for Guitar by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pierre Laniau (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, France (1995 - 1997); Espace Carpeaux, Courbevoie, France (1995 - 1997) 

Sound Samples

Le bal masque: Preambule et air de bravoure
Le bal masque: Intermede
Le bal masque: Malvina
Le bal masque: Bagatelle
Le bal masque: La Dame aveugle
Le bal masque: Finale
Le bestiaire: Le Dromadaire
Le bestiaire: La Chevre du Thibet
Le bestiaire: La Sauterelle
Le bestiaire: Le Dauphin
Le bestiaire: L'Ecrevisse
Le bestiaire: La Carpe
4 Poemes de Max Jacob: Est-il un coin plus solitaire
4 Poemes de Max Jacob: C'est pour aller au bal
4 Poemes de Max Jacob: Poete et tenor
4 Poemes de Max Jacob: Dans le buisson de Mimosa
Rapsodie negre: Prelude
Rapsodie negre: Ronde
Rapsodie negre: Honoloulou - Vocal Interlude
Rapsodie negre: Pastorale
Rapsodie negre: Final
Cocardes: Miel de Narbonne
Cocardes: Bonne d'enfant
Cocardes: Enfant de troupe
Elegie for Horn and Piano
Sarabande: for Guitar

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