Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music

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‘Francis Poulenc is music itself, I know no music more direct, more simply expressed nor which goes so unerringly to its target.’ This praise from Darius Milhaud can be applied to all of Poulenc’s music, but the chamber works represent a lifetime of working with virtuoso friends or following an urgent desire to compose, reflecting the essence of his instantly recognizable and deeply personal style. They range from Poulenc’s youthful creativity as a member of the Groupe des Six, via a rich seam of mature masterpieces, to the sonatas composed as his final works. Acclaim for these recordings can be summed up by the comment: ‘you simply can’t go wrong with any of the discs in this series.’ -ClassicsToday.com on their original release

Past praise for previoulsy released volumes included in this set:

Poulenc: Sextet / Trio / Oboe Sonata / Flute Sonata

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.

-- ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)

Poulenc: Sonata for Two Pianos / Clarinet Sonatas

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…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.

-- ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)

Poulenc: Bal Masque (Le) / Rapsodie Negre / Élégie

Many full-priced editions of this music offer far less value, both artistically and with respect to presentation. You simply can't go wrong with any of the discs in this series, and at these prices you can surely afford to collect them all.

-- ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 25, 2022


  • Catalog Number: 8505258


  • UPC: 747313525836


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 5


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Francis Poulenc