Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 1

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Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 1



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Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 1


Sextet for piano and wind quintet, Op. 100

Oboe Sonata, Op. 185

Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon

Flute Sonata, Op. 164

Villanelle for piccolo (pipe) and piano

Philippe Bernold (flute), Olivier Doise (oboe), Herve Joulain (horn), Laurent Lefevre (bassoon), Ronald van Spaendonck (clarinet), Alexandre Tharaud (piano)



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Francis Poulenc: Sextet

Allegro vivace

Divertissement: Andantino

Finale: Prestissimo

Francis Poulenc: Oboe Sonata

Elegie: Paisiblement

Scherzo: Tres anime

Deploration: Tres calme

Francis Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano

Presto: Lent-presto

Andante: Andante con moto

Rondo: Tres vif

Francis Poulenc: Flute Sonata

Allegro malinconico

Cantilena: Assez lent

Presto giocoso

Francis Poulenc: Villanelle

Villanelle for Pipe and Piano

Classics Today

“This excellent first volume in what promises to be a two-disc collection of Poulenc's complete chamber music offers performances that compare favorably with the best available. All of the musicians are superb, but several deserve special mention. Alexandre Tharaud plays Poulenc's piano parts with great flair, wit, and a true feeling for the music's manic shifts from raucous high spirits to nostalgia and melancholy. Since all of these works feature the piano, the importance of his contribution can't be overestimated. Laurent Lefèvre's reedy, piercing, truly "French" sounding bassoon is a highlight both of the Sextet and the delicious Trio for piano, oboe, and bassoon. It's very difficult to find a bassoon player with sufficient dynamic range to balance the more penetrating tones of the other players, and Lefèvre not only holds his own in the ensemble, but his unfailing musicality and dead accurate intonation triumphantly vindicates the affection that Poulenc shows for his instrument. Finally Olivier Doise's oboe playing offers a sweet, focused tone throughout his range, and this makes the Oboe Sonata a much more moving and less squeaky affair than it so easily becomes in less sympathetic hands. If the string players in Volume II offer the same level of accomplishment, then this series will be the outstanding bargain of Poulenc's centenary year. As it stands, this initial installment, brightly and clearly recorded, is indispensable. Look for further volumes to be released throughout 2000, beginning in early spring.”

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