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Poulenc: Complete Chamber Works (Champs Hill Records: CHRCD028) Double CD


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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Francis Poulenc
  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Champs Hill Records
  • ASIN: B006ZV6V06
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Sonata for Cello and Piano: I. Allegro - Tempo di Marcia 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonata for Cello and Piano: II. Cavatine - Très calme 6:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonata for Cello and Piano: III. Ballabile - Très animé et gai 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sonata for Cello and Piano: IV. Finale - Largo, tres librement - Presto subito - Largo 6:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sonata for Violin and Piano: I. Allegro con fuoco 6:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sonata for Violin and Piano: II. Intermezzo - Très lent et calme 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonata for Violin and Piano: III. Presto tragico - Strictement la double plus lent 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sonata for Flute and Piano: I. Allegretto malincolico 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sonata for Flute and Piano: II. Cantilena - Assez lent 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonata for Flute and Piano: III. Presto giocoso 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: I. Elegie - Paisiblement 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: II. Scherzo - Très animé 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: III. Deploration - Très calme 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: I. Allegro tristamente - Très calme - Tempo allegretto 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: II. Romanza - Très calme 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: III. Allegro con fuoco - Très animé 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn: Allegro vivace - Tres vite et emporté 7:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn: Divertissement - Andantino 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn: Finale - Presstisimo - Subito très lent 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Un joueur de flute berce les ruines 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Villanelle for Piccolo (pipe) and Piano: Modéré 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone: Allegro moderato - Grazioso 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone: Andante - Très lent 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone: Rondeau - Animé 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sarabande for Solo Guitar: Molto calmo e melanconico 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonata for Two Clarinets: Presto 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonata for Two Clarinets: Andante - Très lent 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonata for Two Clarinets: Vif - Vite avec joie 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon: Allegro - Très rythmé 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon: Romance - Andante très doux 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon: Finale - Très animé - Andante 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Élégie for Horn and Piano (In Memory of Dennis Brain) 9:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon: Lent - Presto 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon: Andante con moto 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon: Rondo - Très vif 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

CD Description

This new disc from the acclaimed London Concord Ensemble presents Francis Poulenc's complete chamber music on 2 CDs. This flexible ensemble of internationally recognised young soloists and chamber musicians has excelled in bringing works for unusual instrument combinations to the fore, including the chamber music of Ludwig Thuille on a recent Champs Hill release. The music traverses his career, from early works such as the Sonata for Two Clarinets of 1918, to the late Sonatas for Oboe and Clarinet. It reflects his compositional personality, from the mischievous wit of his early neo-classical phase, to the profundity of his last composition. His music for wind instruments is beloved of its performers; immensely idiomatic and exploiting the full strengths of each instrument. ""Nothing is further from human breath than the bowstroke."" he wrote. But it's important not to overlook the importance of his other chamber music, for instance the Sonatas for Violin and Cello. The Sextet and Trio for Piano and winds are arguably the greatest written for their combination of instruments. The Trio was the first of his chamber pieces to use his own instrument, the piano, and was eventually completed in 1926 after some advice from Stravinsky (whose astringent woodwind writing he had emulated in his early works). His Sextet required even more revisions, eventually reaching its current form in 1939. It is one of Poulenc's earliest works to show the influence of Prokofiev. After some false starts, he completed the Sonata for Violin and piano in 1942 and it was premiered in 1943 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris although some may argue that his Cello Sonata, completed in 1948, is altogether more successful. His moving memorial to the great English horn player Denis Brain is the Elégie of 1957 and includes a bleak lyrical central section which anticipates Poulenc's final choral work, Sept répos des ténèbres. The two final sonatas, for Clarinet (1962) and for Oboe (1962-3), were also written in memory of departed friends, to Honneger and to Prokofiev respectively.

Review

The ensemble clicks perfectly, the playing seemingly effortless and a regard for precision never stifling the musicians' natural feeling for life and breath. --BBC Music Magazine

Rumbustious and playful, Francis Poulenc is deemed a lesser figure among the greats of 20th-century music but it's a mistake to underestimate him. His work is no mere froth; there's a smoky, autumnal sadness to his harmonic writing, a lingering regret beneath the joie de vivre, particularly in the intimacy of his chamber music. The London Conchord Ensemble understand this completely, working their magic in the bittersweet sonatas for piano and cello, violin, flute, oboe and clarinet, and romping through ensemble works large and small, including his Elégie for horn and piano (written in memory of Dennis Brain) and the irrepressibly gorgeous trio for piano, oboe and bassoon. --Observer,19/02/12

The chamber music of Poulenc is rather neglected, partly because of the unusual combinations of instruments he favoured. The London Conchord Ensemble is the perfect group to champion it, and they reveal some treasures, especially in the wind music, The Sextet of 1932 is particularly attractive, while the Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone recalls Poulenc's enchantingly jaunty music for Les Biches. **** --Telegraph,10/03/12

The London Conchord Ensemble manifestly relish what Poulenc has to offer, playing with panache, wit and discreet sensitivity in performances that are a constant joy. GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone,june'12

In short, if you are looking for a fine set of Poulenc's chamber works in really engaging performances in very fine sound, this Champs Hill set is as good as any. --IRR,June'12

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Napier on 22 Jun 2012
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Heaven knows why no-one has yet written a review of this 2-CD set. The recordings are delightful, the CD's replete at a total of nearly 2h 30m and the package is excellent value.
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