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Poulenc: Orchestral And Choral Works / Dutoit


Release Date: 05/15/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000882302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal RogéPeter HurfordFrançois Le RouxMuriel Pouzenc,   ... 
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraFrench National OrchestraFrench Radio Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of the original recordings which make up this set:

Sinfonietta, Concert champêtre, Suite française, Fanfare
A new disc from either Pascal Rogé or Charles Dutoit is almost always a guarantee of consummate musicianship. This release is certainly no exception. Their talents combine in Concert champêtre to create a sparkling performance which immediately claims first place in my affections. The expected gaiety and high spirits are present in plentiful supply but there are also darker hues which lurk in the background without any danger of ruining the fun.

The account of Concert champêtre is illustrative of the remainder of the programme. The orchestral
Read more exuberance of the Sinfonietta at the start of the disc is balanced by the starker, though far from subdued, Suite française for winds, percussion and harpsichord. The rendition of the latter is particularly welcome for its exploitation of genuine French wind timbres and the French National Orchestra is excellent throughout. Despite being recorded over more than two years, there is an integrity to the performances, aided by an inspired choice of works which includes several rarities anda number of interlocking themes. Furthermore, for those who feel (with some justification) that Poulenc composed more often than he received inspiration, the works on this disc are notable for their variety of invention. Recommended.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out or 5)

-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine

Piano Concerto, Concerto for Two Pianos, Organ Concerto
A man ‘in love with life, mischievous, good-hearted, tender and pert, sad and serenely mystical, at once a monk and playboy’ was how Stéphane Audel remembered his friend Poulenc. A patchwork quilt of unforgettable ideas, alternately humorous and hallowed, elegantly crafted and exquisitely coloured, the three works on this new release are enduring testimonies to his ‘wildly eclectic’ art. Ghosts of the past, parodies of friends and contemporaries, lurk tantalisingly among their pages: Rachmaninov, Mahler, Copland in the Piano Concerto (1949); Balinese gamelan and Mozart in the divertissement Double Concerto (1932), described in the booklet notes as ‘a typical cocktail of all that seemed gay and good to Poulenc at the time’; Bach, Tchaikovsky (the Pathétique) in the rightly famous Organ Concerto (1939). Throughout, unmistakably, strolls the master ‘in that lazy way peculiar to him’ (Audel).

These are brilliant performances. No one understands the language or structure of this music better than Dutoit, and his three soloists are magnificent. Rogé and Deferne are on just the right side of brittleness, and Hurford’s sense of theatre and timing is compelling. The Philharmonia, tight in ensemble and rhythmically athletic, are in a class of their own. Demonstration quality sound, not least in the Organ Concerto (recorded in St Alban’s Cathedral).
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out or 5)

-- Ates Orga, BBC Music Magazine

Le Bal Masqué, Le bestiaire, Rapsodie nègre
A disc that fans of the early gamin Poulenc will fall on with cries of joy. He was always happiest when writing for voice and piano, and here we have a splendid collection, including some rarities, in captivating performances. The biggest surprise is probably the four poems by Max Jacob, here recorded for the first time: it was thought that Poulenc had discarded them, but four years ago Milhaud’s widow found the manuscript among the papers of her husband, who had conducted the first performance. The surprise is not this reappearance but Poulenc’s musical language: while the second and fourth poems are set in his familiar frolicsome madcap style, the other two, largely atonal, reveal that in 1921 he had been toying with Schoenbergian ideas. The other near novelty (its first modern recording) is the “playlet interspersed with songs” Le gendarme incompris, a farce about a marquise cross-dressed as a priest who is arrested by a periphrastic gendarme and brought before an easily corruptible police chief. I recommend this enthusiastically even to those who don’t understand much French, since Le Roux (as the police chief) and Visse (as the indignant marquise) prove to be as brilliant as actors as they are as singers. The whole piece is wildly hilarious (quite apart from the literary joke of cocking a snook at Mallarme and Verlaine).

On rather more familiar ground Le Roux, as usual, shines with his subtle sense of style – Poulenc insisted that even his most frivolous pieces should be treated au grand serieux – and his exemplary enunciation. Pascal Roge sparkles in the “Intermede” of the impudent Bal masque (as does a solo violinist in its “Bagatelle”), performed with zest by all, and equally gambols in the “Ronde” of that blague, Poulenc’s first work to be publicly performed, the Rapsodie negre (here presented in its original 1917 version). On the other hand, the popular Mouvements perpetuels are given in a later instrumentation, possibly by another hand than Poulenc’s own. Le Roux’s versatility is again demonstrated in the circus/fairground atmosphere of the Cocardes and the epigrammatic Bestiaire (I love the way he evokes the melancholy longevity of the carp).

The excellent soloists from the French National Orchestra are recorded with great clarity; and James Harding, braving Jacob’s and Cocteau’s minefield of puns, Joycean wordplay and surrealist juxtapositions, provides spirited translations (except of the gibberish Rapsodie negre); but why render “dromadaire” as “camel”?

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [3/1997]

Les biches, Les animaux modeles, Matelote provencale, Pastourelle
It has taken three years for this disc to be issued, but I suppose the celebration of Poulenc's centenary was a lure too strong to resist. The majority of the works here date from the first half of his life, up to the age of 30. The disc's three main pillars all owe their origin to the world of ballet, Les biches (written at the age of 20 for Diaghilev) being the work that, with itsjoie de vivre, first put him in the public eye. Aided by about the clearest sound I have heard produced from the Salle Wagram, Dutoit gives a vivid performance of this Bright Young Things score, less slinky than others in the 'Adagietto' but light-footed in the 'Rag-Mazurka' and spikily brash in the outer movements.

There was more maturity of feeling by the time Aubade, for a private ballet with choreography by Nijinska, was composed six years later: with its mood veering between harshly dramatic, gently melancholy and madcap-gay (in the 'Toilette de Diane') and its stylistic inconsistency, it has never been as popular as his other works (also depending more on a knowledge of the scenario), and recordings have often been dogged by problems of balance (the piano too prominent with Duchable, for instance). The present performance gets this right, however, and without much question this is the most satisfactory version now available. But for sheer lyrical beauty there is little in Poulenc to match the luscious outer movements of the splendid score for Lifar's 1940 Animaux modeles. The orchestral imagination in its 'Two roosters' movement is to be found again in Poulenc's arrangement of two of his mentor Satie's starkly hieratic Rosicrucian pieces — a clear case of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear (the exotically chromatic Gnossienne is more intrinsically interesting musically).

Rounding off an exceptionally well-filled and desirable disc is a handful of Poulenc miniatures, ranging from the vulgarity of his early Valse via the farcical Manes de la Tour Eiffel pieces to the rumbustiously jolly Matelote provencale.

-- LS, Gramophone [3/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, FP 146 by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1949 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Venue:  St. Albans Cathedral 
Length: 20 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Sinfonietta, for chamber orchestra, FP 141 by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1947-1948 
Date of Recording: 01/10/1996 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 27 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4.
Pièce brève sur le nom d'Albert Roussel for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Bucolique for "Variations sur le nom de Marguerite Long" by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Esquisse pour une fanfare by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
7.
Marches (2) and an Interlude for Chamber Orchestra by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Les biches: Suite by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 19 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
Les animaux modèles by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1941; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 3 Secs. 
10.
La guirlande de Campra: Matelote provençale by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
11.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Pastourelle by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
12.
Valse for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
13.
Les mariés de la tour Eiffel: Discours du général by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Paris, France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
14.
Les mariés de la tour Eiffel: La baigneuse de Trouville by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Paris, France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15.
Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 
Date of Recording: 01/10/1996 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 19 Minutes 39 Secs. 
16.
Preludes posthumes (2) et une gnossienne by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Paris, France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
17.
Le bal masqué by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  François Le Roux (Baritone), Muriel Pouzenc (Cello), Philippe Litzler (Trumpet),
Gabin Lauridon (Double Bass), Pascal Saumon (Oboe), Téodor Coman (Viola),
Sébastien Larrère (Trombone), Florence Binder (Violin), Marc Bauer (Trumpet),
Marc Bauer (Cornet), Philippe Litzler (Cornet), Liliane Rossi (Violin),
Philippe Hanon (Bassoon), Philippe Pierlot (Flute), Alessandro Carbonare (Clarinet),
B. Balet (Percussion), Pascal Rogé (Piano), André Gantiez (Horn)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 
18.
Le bestiaire by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Litzler (Trumpet), Philippe Litzler (Cornet), Gabin Lauridon (Double Bass),
Pascal Saumon (Oboe), Téodor Coman (Viola), Florence Binder (Violin),
Sébastien Larrère (Trombone), Marc Bauer (Trumpet), Marc Bauer (Cornet),
Muriel Pouzenc (Cello), Philippe Hanon (Bassoon), Alessandro Carbonare (Clarinet),
Liliane Rossi (Violin), André Gantiez (Horn), François Le Roux (Baritone),
Philippe Pierlot (Flute), B. Balet (Percussion)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
19.
Rapsodie nègre, for baritone & chamber ensemble, FP 3 by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Hanon (Bassoon), Liliane Rossi (Violin), Alessandro Carbonare (Clarinet),
Florence Binder (Violin), Marc Bauer (Trumpet), Marc Bauer (Cornet),
Philippe Litzler (Trumpet), Philippe Litzler (Cornet), Gabin Lauridon (Double Bass),
André Gantiez (Horn), François Le Roux (Baritone), Téodor Coman (Viola),
Muriel Pouzenc (Cello), Pascal Saumon (Oboe), Pascal Rogé (Piano),
Sébastien Larrère (Trombone), Philippe Pierlot (Flute), B. Balet (Percussion)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1917 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 11 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Cocardes by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Pierlot (Flute), B. Balet (Percussion), André Gantiez (Horn),
François Le Roux (), Muriel Pouzenc (Cello), Alessandro Carbonare (Clarinet),
Liliane Rossi (Violin), Philippe Hanon (Bassoon), Philippe Litzler (Cornet),
Philippe Litzler (Trumpet), Gabin Lauridon (Double Bass), Pascal Saumon (Oboe),
Téodor Coman (Viola), Sébastien Larrère (Trombone), Florence Binder (Violin),
Marc Bauer (Cornet), Marc Bauer (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
21.
Trois mouvements perpétuels, for chamber orchestra (orchestration of piano work, FP 14) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Philippe Pierlot (Flute), B. Balet (Percussion), André Gantiez (Horn),
Muriel Pouzenc (Cello), Alessandro Carbonare (Clarinet), Liliane Rossi (Violin),
Philippe Hanon (Bassoon), Philippe Litzler (Trumpet), Philippe Litzler (Cornet),
Gabin Lauridon (Double Bass), Pascal Saumon (Oboe), Téodor Coman (Viola),
Sébastien Larrère (Trombone), Florence Binder (Violin), Marc Bauer (Cornet),
Marc Bauer (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: by 1926 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
22.
Le gendarme incompris by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Sébastien Larrère (Trombone), Téodor Coman (Viola), Pascal Saumon (Oboe),
Gabin Lauridon (Double Bass), Philippe Pierlot (Flute), André Gantiez (Horn),
B. Balet (Percussion), Alessandro Carbonare (Clarinet), Muriel Pouzenc (Cello),
Liliane Rossi (Violin), Dominique Visse (), Philippe Hanon (Bassoon),
Florence Binder (Violin), Philippe Litzler (Cornet), Philippe Litzler (Trumpet),
Marc Bauer (Cornet), Marc Bauer (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 13 Secs. 
23.
Poems (4) of Max Jacob by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Marc Bauer (Trumpet), Marc Bauer (Cornet), Muriel Pouzenc (Cello),
Philippe Litzler (Trumpet), B. Balet (Percussion), Alessandro Carbonare (Clarinet),
François Le Roux (), Florence Binder (Violin), Téodor Coman (Viola),
Sébastien Larrère (Trombone), Philippe Pierlot (Flute), Philippe Litzler (Cornet),
Gabin Lauridon (Double Bass), Philippe Hanon (Bassoon), Liliane Rossi (Violin),
Pascal Saumon (Oboe), André Gantiez (Horn)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
24.
Gloria in G major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Françoise Pollet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  French Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 21 Minutes 36 Secs. 
25.
Litanies à la vierge noire de Rocamadour by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Maîtrise de Radio France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Date of Recording: 11/29/1994 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 58 Secs. 
26.
Stabat mater by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Françoise Pollet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  French Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 29 Minutes 24 Secs. 
27.
Suite française after Claude Gervaise for Chamber Orchestra by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Maîtrise de Radio France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France  
Length: 10 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes:  Marc Bauer (Trumpet), Yves Couëffe (Trumpet), Sébastien Larrère (Trombone), Pascal Saumon (Oboe), André Goudenhooft (Trombone), Jacques Fourquet (Trombone), Laurent Decker (Oboe), Philippe Hanon (Bassoon), Claude Fustin (Bassoon), B. Balet (Percussion), Pascal Rogé (Harpsichord) 
28.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano), Sylviane Deferne (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 38 Secs. 
29.
Concert champêtre for Harpsichord by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-28; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France  
Length: 24 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto: 1. Allegretto
Piano Concerto: 2. Andante con moto
Piano Concerto: 3. Rondo à la Française
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in D minor: 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in D minor: 2. Larghetto
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in D minor: 3. Finale (Allegro molto)
Concerto for organ, strings and percussion in G minor: Andante
Concerto for organ, strings and percussion in G minor: Allegro giocoso
Concerto for organ, strings and percussion in G minor: Subito andante moderato
Concerto for organ, strings and percussion in G minor: Tempo allegro, molto agitato
Concerto for organ, strings and percussion in G minor: Très calme. Lent
Concerto for organ, strings and percussion in G minor: Tempo de l'allegro initial
Concerto for organ, strings and percussion in G minor: Tempo introduction. Largo
Sinfonietta pour orchestre: 1. Allegro con fuoco
Sinfonietta pour orchestre: 2. Molto vivace
Sinfonietta pour orchestre: 3. Andante cantabile
Sinfonietta pour orchestre: 4. Finale
Concert Champêtre: Allegro molto
Concert Champêtre: Andante
Concert Champêtre: Finale
Hommage à Albert Roussel, FP50 - For small orchestra: Pièce brève sur le nom d'Albert Roussel
Variations sur le nom de Marguerite Long: Bucolique
Fanfare
Deux Marches et un Intermède: 1. Marche (1889)
Deux Marches et un Intermède: 2. Intermède champêtre
Deux Marches et un Intermède: 3. March (1937)
Suite française for small orchestra: 1. Bransle de Bourgogne
Suite française for small orchestra: 2. Pavane
Suite française for small orchestra: 3. Petite marche militaire
Suite française for small orchestra: 4. Complainte
Suite française for small orchestra: 5. Bransle de Champagne
Suite française for small orchestra: 6. Sicilienne
Suite française for small orchestra: 7. Carillon

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