i bought my copy of this Apex release about 12 months ago as was investigating more 20th C piano concerto beyond the staples of Ravel,Prokofiev, Bartok etc. Poulenc as part of "Les Six" french composers (including Milhaud- but not Ravel or Debussy) of the 1920's onwards were by all accounts, fans of eclecticism, surrealism, jazz + a playful bent on classical music + modernism in general.
this fine Apex budget cd of Poulenc's - Concerto for 2 pianos, Piano Concerto + the moodier Aubade is a very good overview i feel of this often playful life affirming composer. recording from 1996 (but released in 2005 in this Apex version) is excellent , clear + contains clean , articulate pianism from Duchable + Collard of these eminently dare i say it ? enjoyable works. the main two piano concertos share strong gallic dash with Ravel's piano concerto (or Gershwins) with pretty luscious orchestral writing, playful references to other composers including Mozart in eclectic cheeky + thoroughly enjoyable style.
the third work - Aubade does nicely counter balance the high jinks + revelry with Poulenc's choral works in the moodier Stravinsky-esque work that showcases the more profound side of the composer with more pronounced elements of light + shade. a good foil to the first two works. Liner notes (as is the case in the budget Apex series in general) are fine is a little brief.
a fine antidote to "the serious as your life" school of modernism. recommended.