Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music Vol 4

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At the tender age of 15, Francis Poulenc was introduced to a circle of daring French composers that included Eric Satie and Georges Auric. The experience no doubt left a mark on the young composer, whose style is wonderfully eclectic and ever challenging throughout. Poulenc became a member of this circle, a celebrated group of French composers that also included such luminaries as Arthur Honnegger and Darius Milhaud. Nicknamed "Les Six," they changed the face of French music forever.
This recording, the fourth in a series dedicated to the chamber music of Poulenc, offers a healthy cross-section of the composer's work in the genre, with particular attention paid to his vocal works. Poulenc's music is dizzyingly eclectic, and this recording of chamber music includes his celebrated "cantate profane," 'Le Bal masquè.' The delicious whimsy of 'Le Bal masquè' comes to life in a superb performance by baritone Franck Leguérinel and a talented instrumental ensemble. Purely instrumental works are included as well, including the rarely heard 'Sarabande for guitar,' played by Pierre Laniau with a sensitivity that captures the work's dreamy spirit.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: November 01, 2000

  • Catalog Number: 8553614

  • UPC: 730099461429

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Francis Poulenc

  • Conductor: Pierre-Michel Durand

  • Performer: Alexandre Tharaud, André Moisan, Céline Nessi, Franck Leguérinel, Françoise Groben, Francoise Rivalland, Guy Touvron, Hervé Joulain, Jacques Mauger, Jean Delescluse, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, Laurent Lefèvre, Marc Bauer, Marie Gondeau, Olivier Doise, Pascal Delage, Philippe Bernold, Philippe Hanon, Pierre Laniau, Ronald van Spaendonck, Sabine Toutain, Serge Krichewski, Thibault Vieux