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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zowee! What a Fantastic Set at a Fantastic Price!, 28 Nov 2012
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J Scott Morrison (Middlebury VT, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Poulenc: Oeuvres complètes (Complete works) (EMI France) (Audio CD)
If you love Poulenc as I do you have no choice but to grab this set. It contains virtually all his music -- actually I can't find anything he wrote that isn't here -- on 20 CDs at about £1.50 per disc. And these are absolutely classic performances mostly by French artists. They have all been issued separately before so you may already have some of them, but at this price a little duplication is no problem.

Consider some of the contents (I don't have space to list everything on 20 CDs!): All of Poulenc's piano music played by Gabriel Tacchino and Jacques Février. All of his chamber music played by the likes of Pierre Fournier, Jacques Février, Oscar Ghiglia, Emanuel Pahud, Laurence Pottier, Michel Debost, Maurice Bourge et al. Piano Concerto with Gabriel Tacchino, orchestra conducted by Georges Prêtre. Concerto for Two Pianos with Poulenc himself along with Jacques Février. Orchestral works conducted by George Prêtre or Michel Plasson. All the choral music including the Mass in G sung by the Winchester Cathedral Choir, other music by The Sixteen. The magnificent Gloria with Rosanna Carteri, with choral and orchestral forces conducted by Prêtre. The Stabat Mater with Régine Crespin.

The classic recording of Dialogues of the Carmelites with Denise Duval, Régine Crespin, Rita Gorr, et al, conducted by Pierre Dervaux. Les Mamelles de Tirésias with Denise Duval, conducted by André Cluyten. L'Histoire de Babar le petit Éléphant, narrated by Peter Ustinov. Le voix humaine with Denise Duval. Figure humaine with The Sixteen, Harry Christophers conducting. All the mélodies and chansons with artists like François le Roux, José van Dam, Rita Streich, Gérard Souzay, Elly Ameling, Nicolai Gedda, Mady Mesplé, Pierre Bernac, Michel Sénéchal, Gabriel Bacquier, William Parker, Jessye Norman, among others. Can't get starrier than that!

This set is, of course, self-recommending, but in case you haven't figured it out, I am completely in love with it.

Scott Morrison

P.S. No texts are included for the sung works.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!!, 12 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Poulenc: Oeuvres complètes (Complete works) (EMI France) (Audio CD)
One of the best albums I have ever bought! Great recording (some are old, but no crackling sounds)! A must have!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars complete works, 4 July 2013
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excellent album with variety of symphonies pianomusic and songs,chambre concerts religious music and lyriques works
recordings dating from 1946-2012
edition of 50 years anniversaire(1963-2013)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Poulenc, 14 April 2014
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A Brilliant collection of Poulenc's works from the old EMI catalogue with first rate performers including the composer himself - recommended.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Poulenc!, 10 May 2013
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O. Blix "Olof Blix" (Jönköping, Sweden) - See all my reviews
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I am a fan of this composer! Having sung some of his œvres in a Motet choir, and enjoyed his chamber music as good friend of some very good young Swedish musicians (Henrik Berg and Stefan Moberg on piano and cello respectively) and remembering hearing his lovely, playful and witty concerts, all these records are as pleasant as they can be. Best interprets (as long as the awaited Moberg-Berg recording of the cello sonata has yet to be done...), what more can I say? Strongly recommended, and a bargain at this price!
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