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Poulenc - Organ Concerto / Gloria / 4 Motets Import


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  • Performer: Maurice Duruflé, Rosanna Carteri
  • Orchestra: French Radio National Orchestra, French Radio Chorus
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Composer: Francis Poulenc
  • Audio CD (3 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DNIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Paul R. Terry on 3 Aug 2004
This is the world premiere recording of the Gloria, in the composer's presence, so we must assume that he approved. It comes up well on CD, even if Carteri's Italian-accented Latin will not be to all tastes (whatever happened to her? The only other recording I have of her is Traviata conducted by Monteux: any information greatfully received). Anyway, the original LP had the Gloria & Concerto, but the Penitential motets have been added. The Stravinskian style does veer a little towards Hollywood kitsch at times, but Poulenc's heart was in the right place, and these recordings cannot be faulted for their authentic French feel. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2001
"I don't play accurately, anyone can play accurately, but I play with wonderful expression." Algernon's line, at the very opening of Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest, is to this day one of the underlying tenets of French musical criticism, and as far as this recording's concerned, perhaps there's something in it.
The organ of Saint Etienne du Mont seems, in the early sixties, to have been in need of a tune (some may remember, on an old recording of Saint-Saëns' 3rd, very likely also with Duruflé, its magnificently flat fortissimo entry in the final movement). The playing of the old ORTF is approximate, a tradition upheld to this day - on bad nights at least - by its successor, the National de France. Instrumental detail is obscured by plummy, resonant acoustics, and this is no digital recording.
But Poulenc's unique "Our Lady goes to Coney Island" style is hard to get right, and these performances are more convincingly stylish than any other I have heard. On US or British organs - especially studio ones - with drier sound, the concerto itself can be dry, academic and unconvincing. More perfectly played and sung, the Gloria becomes a better-behaved, more reverent but more boring work.
You may well find it worth buying to hear Poulenc performed by people who knew him, in the town where he lived.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Where Poulenc is concerned, sentiment is their forte 1 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
"I don't play accurately, anyone can play accurately, but I play with wonderful expression." Algernon's line, at the very opening of Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest, is to this day one of the underlying tenets of French musical criticism, and as far as this recording's concerned, perhaps there's something in it.
The organ of Saint Etienne du Mont seems, in the early sixties, to have been in need of a tune (some may remember, on an old recording of Saint-Saëns' 3rd, very likely also with Duruflé, its magnificently flat fortissimo entry in the final movement). The playing of the old ORTF is approximate, a tradition upheld to this day - on bad nights at least - by its successor, the National de France. Instrumental detail is obscured by plummy, resonant acoustics, and this is no digital recording.
But Poulenc's unique "Our Lady goes to Coney Island" style is hard to get right, and these performances are more convincingly stylish than any other I have heard. On US or British organs - especially studio ones - with drier sound, the concerto itself can be dry, academic and unconvincing. More perfectly played and sung, the Gloria becomes a better-behaved, more reverent but more boring work.
So although EMI are still, unaccountably, asking for full price for this disc (in CD format alone already 20 years old) you may well find it worth buying to hear Poulenc performed by people who knew him, in the town where he lived.
Talking of organs that could do with a tune, whatever happened to Rosanna Carteri?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My favorite classical recording 20 Dec 2002
By "eharris2" - Published on Amazon.com
This recording of Poulenc's "Concerto Pour Orgue" is quite possibly my favorite classical recording (out of a large classical library). I was introduced to it 15 years ago and it never ceases to send shivers up my spine. I find the Tempo Allegro, molto agitato absolutely thrilling. I have since listened to many other recordings of this work, and have found none that equal this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Masterful Performances 18 Mar 2010
By J. P. Wise - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is a reissue of the early '60's Angel EMI recording of Poulenc's concerto for Organ, Strings and Percussion and his heavenly GLORIA. The organist for the concerto was none other than MAURICE DURUFLE' the last great french classical organist/composer. The wonder of the GLORIA is the solo by coluratura Rosanna Carteri the Spanish singer who has such a wonderful voice. POULENC was in attendance at that performance!
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