Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music Vol 3

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Naxos' triumphant march through Poulenc's complete chamber music continues with this latest release containing, among a host of smaller items, a smashing performance of the magnificent Sonata for Two Pianos, one of the composer's greatest large works in any medium. Alexandre Tharaud and Francis Chaplin play beautifully; their performance is a touch less expansive than Fèvier/Tacchino on EMI, but still hypnotically seductive in the slow introduction and third movement, while the faster music has the right rhythmic skittishness and crisp articulation. The other outstanding performance here is the Sonata for horn, trumpet, and trombone. This awkward but charming piece has seldom sounded better balanced and more natural (not to mention in tune), and it's very well recorded in a warm acoustic. The other pieces are trifles, but no less enjoyable for that. Another winner. --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: 8553613


  • UPC: 730099461320


  • Label: Naxos


  • Composer: Francis Poulenc


  • Performer: Alexandre Tharaud, André Moisan, François Chaplin, Guy Touvron, Hervé Joulain, Jacques Mauger, Laurent Lefèvre, Ronald van Spaendonck