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Poulenc: Concerto Pour Orgue, Concert Champêtre / Conlon, Alain, Koopman


Release Date: 12/10/2007 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 88141  
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Marie-Claire AlainTon Koopman
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In concertos, as in songs, the Chaplin of music is at his peak. If you have a soft spot anywhere, he will find it. What other composer can switch in a single bar from mockery to wholehearted song, or write an organ concerto that mixes almighty terror with naughty thoughts in church? This is not to belittle him, just to celebrate an inimitable character. The orchestra may be Dutch, but its brass and wind have a good time and the soloists, finely balanced against it, all show fizz, drive and deftness. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Robert Maycock, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing Erato 95303]
In concertos, as in songs, the Chaplin of music is at his peak. If you have a soft spot anywhere, he will find it. What other composer can switch in a single bar from mockery to wholehearted song, or write an organ concerto that mixes almighty terror with naughty thoughts in church? This is not to belittle him, just to celebrate an inimitable character. The orchestra may be Dutch, but its brass and wind have a good time and the soloists, finely balanced against it, all show fizz, drive and deftness. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Robert Maycock, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing Erato 95303]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
2. Concert champêtre for Harpsichord by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-28; France 

Featured Sound Samples

Concerto for Organ, Strings & Timpani
Concert champêtre: III. Finale

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