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  • Composer: Francis Poulenc
  • Audio CD (4 Dec. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004XQG1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Histoire de Babar, le petit elephant (version Francaise)
2. L'invitation au Chateau
3. Leocadia
4. The Story of Babar, the little elephant (English version)

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L'histoire de Babar, le petit elephant (version francaise) - L'Invitation au Château - Léocadia - The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (English version) / Artistes divers

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This is a lovely CD, I'm very pleased with it - also the two separate recordings of L'Histoire de Babar (Piano + child narrator - one in French and one in English) are wonderful.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
What a wonderful CD!! 30 Mar. 2002
By William Supon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I ran across this CD, I took a chance and ordered it. I am well-pleased with the results! Poulenc's music is wonderfully witty, and it's a real toss-up when it comes to choosing between the English and French versions. Both of the narrators are charming and bring lots of personality to the charming classic story. The other Poulenc pieces are very well-done; at these prices, blow youself to the complete Naxos set of his chamber music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Slight, perhaps, but Poulenc could do slight 4 Mar. 2010
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It starts and ends with Babar, Poulenc's tale for children - with piano accompaniment. That is, we get two version, a French one with a boy narrator and an English one with a girl narrator. Peter and the Wolf it isn't, at least not quite, partially because the Babar story is as empty and silly as they come (maybe there's an allegorical level I just don't get here), but also because Poulenc's music, for all its charm and color, doesn't quite exhibit the level of inspiration or memorability of Prokofiev's work (although some of the themes do linger in the mind) - at the very least, you'll need the orchestral version for full effect. Both the narrators are good, however, and Alexandre Tharaud is an excellent performer, his playing full of character and color.

In between comes two sets of incidental music for Anouilh, L'invitation au chateau and Léocadia; relatively slight stuff, but then Poulenc knew how to do slight. L'invitation consists of some 15 brief numbers scored for clarinet, bassoon, violin, double bass and piano - Leocadia for the same combination, but adding mezzo-soprano - and the music breathes the air of Parisian, cabaret 30s style with a certain neo-classical touch as filtered through the bluesy room of a smoky café. It is really charming music, full of humor and wit and elegance even though it is quite obvious why they remain among the composer's less performed works.

I have no qualms about the performances, which are accomplished but more importantly stylish and elegant. In the end, I guess I am supposed to say that this one is primarily for completist, but I cannot quite do that - I don't like to think of anyone coming to Poulenc for the first time through a release like this, but it was a thoroughly pleasant and enjoyable experience nonetheless, completely shorn of profundity but with an abundance of wit and intelligence to make up for it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ah, Poulenc 15 Feb. 2012
By Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the time pass, i find that from the composers of the 20th century, Poulenc is my main dish by far.
He is a lyric poet composer, a master craftman that with few notes, like with few lines, depict all that is necessary for the imagination.
His music sometimes caress the soul and elevate it, and sometimes transform you to one huge smile.
Unlike many of the 20th century composers, he didn't fall to any "ism" trap.
He simply focused on creating music , and not a cracking food for musicologists. I suppose this is why in any "academic" book on the western music history you'll not find more than few lines on his music.

Now to the music on this cd.
Two pieces are incidental music for two plays by Anouilh, and as far as i concern, the music here is much more delightful than the words.
Yes, "delightful" is an accurate word for this music.

The superb performance is by some of the best young French musicians led by the excellent pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

The other piece here is a most charming work called The Story of Babar, the little elephant. This is a work for a narrator and piano, and here we get a French version by a boy and an English version by a girl.
Allegedly, this is a work for children.
To judge from my immense enjoyment from it - am i still a little boy?

The recording is exemplary, and the price is Naxos.

Hats off!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Quivck arrival. 12 Nov. 2014
By Karen Reggiardo - Published on Amazon.com
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The music I had been searching for.
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