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The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

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The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

À la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)
The Sixteen; BBC Philharmonic; Harry Christophers, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Collins | # 14462 | Time: 01:03:15

The Sixteen, bright stars of the Baroque, have plenty to say on 20th-century repertoire (witness their excellent Britten series on Collins). Underpin them with the BBC Philharmonic and it might seem a magic formula. Ives’s unearthly The Unanswered Question holds few problems for instrumental players weaned on Maxwell Davies – no more than do the brilliant wind roulades of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Deft BBC teamwork and a chamber articulation to woodwind and brass helps this Koussevitzky-commissioned masterpiece to shed its often hammy ‘big band’ sound, creeping closer to the subtle, leaner sonorities of his later choral works. It gains. The singing varies. Too many dynamic shifts sound prosaic or under-prepared; fortes are forced, with muddy results. The vocal blend (happier in lower voices) can seem haphazard and colours the Tippett, where the men’s roars – contrast the lovely, sensual soprano solo – seem crude. Get this disc, instead, for the rare, late Poulenc – his New York-commissioned Sept répons. It is a curiously under-recorded devotional work, bleeding with pathos yet pumping energy, its exoticism enhanced by slightly breathy, tender solos, and scintillatingly sung with just those crucial missing qualities of awe and freshness. A million times more refined than what goes before.

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

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Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Poulenc, Szymanowski, Penderecki, Rihm (2004)
Munich Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Soloists
conducted by Marcello Viotti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Profil | # PH04035 | Time: 01:06:02

This 2004 survey of modern settings of the medieval sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa is part of conductor Marcello Viotti's project to record the little-known but worthy sacred works of the twentieth century, in conjunction with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus for their concert series Paradisi gloria. The four works by Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Wolfgang Rihm are dramatically different in conception and musical content, and may be regarded more as reflections of personal faith than as practical works for ecclesiastical purposes.

Barbara Hendricks, Chœurs de Radio France, ONF, Georges Pretre - Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)

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Barbara Hendricks, Chœurs de Radio France, ONF, Georges Pretre - Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)

Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)
Barbara Hendricks, soprano; Chœurs de Radio France; Michel Tranchant, chorus master
Orchestre National de France, conducted by Georges Prêtre

EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 244 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Vocal | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 55688 2 0 | 00:59:20

Understandably, Poulenc's Gloria and Stabat Mater have almost invariably been coupled together on LPs and CDs. Similarly scored for solo soprano, chorus, and orchestra, the two works are arguably the twin peaks of Poulenc's sacred music, that is, they are irresistibly melodic, energetically rhythmic, directly emotional, conservatively harmonic, and fervently religious. That said, however, the difference in tone between the two works is as striking as their similarities. Where the Gloria is light, bright, and at times even funny, the Stabat Mater, as befits its subject matter, is dark, heavy, and always deeply sorrowful. In this pair of performances with Georges Prêtre leading the Orchestre National de France and the French Radio Choir from the '80s, both works are given the deluxe French treatment. Prêtre is as skilled at balancing his forces as he is at keeping the music moving, and, as importantly, he is as capable of expressing the Gloria's joyous wit as he is of articulating the Stabat Mater's profound suffering. But the real star of these performances is American soprano Barbara Hendricks whose clear, warm voice and excellent diction breath vibrant life into all Poulenc's glorious melodies.

Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

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Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

Europäische Chormusik - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set
Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 942 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics | # 825646261505 | Time: 06:49:27

The great recordings of the "Nordic choral marvel": Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson was one of the true legends in his field. When he died in 2013 at the age of 94, he had spent decades working to place his two Stockholm choirs among the international musical elite. His recordings from the 1970's enjoy real cult status – unique interpretations of a cappella works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, from Gesualdo to Penderecki, released here for the first time in a single box.

Christian Ivaldi, Gérard Poulet, Philippe Bernold, Michel Lethiec, Alain Meunier - Auric... Poulenc: Le Groupe des Six (2006)

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Christian Ivaldi, Gérard Poulet, Philippe Bernold, Michel Lethiec, Alain Meunier - Auric... Poulenc: Le Groupe des Six (2006)

Christian Ivaldi, Gérard Poulet, Philippe Bernold, Michel Lethiec, Alain Meunier - Auric… Poulenc: Le Groupe des Six (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 79:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | # ARN68652 | Recorded: 2000, 2004

Symbole de l’avant-garde française des années 1920, le « Groupe des Six » cache pourtant des personnalités très différentes. Seule cette expression trouvée par le critique et compositeur Henri Collet caractérise des musiciens liés seulement par une amitié profonde. À l’exception de Poulenc, et de quelques pièces de Darius Milhaud et d’Arthur Honegger, les compositions du Groupe des Six restent encore bien peu présentes au concert et au disque.

Various Composers - Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999) [Re-Up]

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Various Composers - Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999) [Re-Up]

Various Composers - Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999)
The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paul Bateman

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 775 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 318 Mb | Scans ~ 74 Mb
Soundtracks, Score, Classical | Label: Silva Screen | # FILMXCD 320 | Time: 02:12:47

Silva Screen Records present earlier composers who were masters of music on Hitchcock films, and later films with Bernard Herrmann on the second CD. The "CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA" is Miklos Rozsa's haunting theme which lasts over nine minutes is something from heaven. "STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN" the Dimitri Tiomkin contribution is also an outstanding track which can move the unmoveable with the heart-racing pounding sounds that the two composers generate. Both composers Rozsa and Tiomkin have a list of accomplishments a mile long, but to hear their music on a Hitchcock film is pure geneious in film making and scoring.

New London Chamber Choir, James Wood - Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music (1995) Reissue 2004 [Re-Up]

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New London Chamber Choir, James Wood - Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music (1995) Reissue 2004 [Re-Up]

Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music (1995) Reissue 2004
New London Chamber Choir, conducted by James Wood

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 228 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55179 | Time: 01:07:28

A few of these small choral gems are well known to amateur choirs, and Poulenc's secular choral pieces are more often presented one at a time on choral albums than in the groupings in which they were originally included. Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music offers the composer's very first choral piece, the Chanson à boire for men's voices (1922), but most of the music here dates from either the late '30s (the Petites voix, for female or children's voices, and Sept chansons) or the World War II era (Un soir de neige), the folk-song settings entitled Chansons françaises, and the ambitious Figure humaine, whose final number, "Liberté," was dropped in sheet music form over French cities by Britain's Royal Air Force. Someone once described Poulenc as "part monk, part hooligan," and these a cappella choral works give evidence of both tendencies. The Chansons françaises are cheerful pieces with just a shade of extended harmony, almost French counterparts to Bartók's folk song settings, while the more serious pieces, such as "Un chien perdu" (A Lost Dog), from the Petites voix, have a mystical tinge that links them strongly with Poulenc's better-known sacred choral music.

New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp - Francis Poulenc: Aubade & Sinfonietta; Reynaldo Hahn: Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este (1989)

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New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp - Francis Poulenc: Aubade & Sinfonietta; Reynaldo Hahn: Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este (1989)

Poulenc: Aubade & Sinfonietta; Hahn: Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este (1989) [Reissue 2004]
New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor); Julian Evans (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion (Helios) | # CDH55167 | Time: 01:04:12

The pairing of Francis Poulenc and Reynaldo Hahn on this album may seem contrived merely because of biographical parallels between the two men, for their musical approaches and styles are quite different, if not at odds. Poulenc's neo-Classical, self-conscious parodies in the Sinfonietta and the dry, sarcastic wit of the Aubade are a world away from Hahn's pretty, even precious, Romanticism, which is unabashedly on display in La bal de Béatrice d'Este. However, the discerning listener may find in Poulenc streaks of Hahn's pensiveness and languor, which his comic antics never completely conceal; there is in Hahn a buoyant, diatonic tunefulness that is readily found in Poulenc. (Interestingly, some of Poulenc's adaptations of Renaissance music bear a remarkable similarity to Hahn's antique pastiches in this ballet.) Furthermore, their fondness for unusual chamber combinations is striking, and the transition from the Aubade to La bal de Béatrice d'Este is not at all jarring because they both share the charm and ambience of the salon orchestra.

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

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Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)
Schumann, Britten, Purcell, Fauré, Gounod, R.Strauss, Schubert, Poulenc, Debussy, Boulanger

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2102 | Time: 01:08:50

Those of us who rejoice in the crystalline beauty of Carolyn Sampson’s interpretations of Bach, Handel and Purcell will welcome this bouquet of songs on a floral theme, her debut recital disc. It’s been a long wait, but our patience is repaid handsomely. With pianist Joseph Middleton she savours some choice blooms from, among others, Britten, Chabrier, Schubert, Schumann, Gounod and Strauss, her glorious soprano particularly affecting in Fauré’s Le papillon et la fleur and the wonderfully perfumed Les roses d’Ispahan. Middleton plays with dextrous delicacy throughout and brings real virtuosity to Strauss’s Mädchenblumen. Highly recommended.

Ulster Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier - Francis Poulenc, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud: Orchestral Works (1992) [Re-Up]

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Ulster Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier - Francis Poulenc, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud: Orchestral Works (1992) [Re-Up]

Francis Poulenc: Les biches, Suite; Jacques Ibert: Divertissement;
Darius Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit, La Creation du Monde (1992)
Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans ~ 57 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9023 | Time: 01:08:10

This programme of 1920s French music is in the hands of a conductor who gets right into the spirit of it, and plenty of spirit there is too. Apart from the Ibert, this is ballet music, and that work too originated as a theatre piece, having been incidental music for Eugene Labiche's farce The Italian Straw Hat. Poulenc's unfailingly fresh and bouncy suite from Les biches is very enjoyable although Chandos's warm and resonant recording takes some of the edge off the trumpet tone that is so central to the writing. The geniality of it all makes one forget that this is remarkable music in which (as Christopher Palmer's booklet essay points out) the twentieth-century French composer evokes eighteenth-century fetes galantes through the eyes of that greatest of nineteenth-century ballet composers, Tchaikovsky.

David Leisner - Music of the Human Spirit: Ginastera, Sculthorpe, Winslow, Glass, Harrison, Poulenc, Rorem (2002)

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David Leisner - Music of the Human Spirit: Ginastera, Sculthorpe, Winslow, Glass, Harrison, Poulenc, Rorem (2002)

David Leisner - Music of the Human Spirit (2002)
Alberto Ginastera - Peter Sculthorpe - Richard Winslow
Philip Glass - Lou Harrison - Francis Poulenc - Ned Rorem

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary, Guitar | Label: Azica | # 71218 | Time: 01:05:57

David Leisner is on extraordinarily versatile musician with a multifaceted career as electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher. Regarded as one of America’s leading classical guitarists, his superb musicianship and provocative programming have been applauded by critics and audiences around the world.

Robert Shaw Festival Singers - Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers - Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)

Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)
Robert Shaw Festival Singers, conducted by Robert Shaw

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 185 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Telarc | # CD-80236 | Time: 00:52:02

Robert Shaw leads the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in these powerful works of Francis Poulenc. Poulenc experienced a spiritual crisis which led to the composition of his powerful Mass in G major, which is dedicated to the memory of his father. Paired with this work are his Four Motets for Christmas, Four Motets for a Time of Penitence, and Four Short Prayers of Saint Frances.

Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison - Francis Poulenc: Mass in G major; Sept Chansons; Motets (2015)

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Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison - Francis Poulenc: Mass in G major; Sept Chansons; Motets (2015)

Francis Poulenc: Mass in G major; Sept Chansons; Motets (2015)
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.572978 | Time: 00:54:11

Brought up in the Roman Catholic faith, which he abandoned in 1917 following the death of his father, Poulenc returned to the Church in 1936 after the death of his close friend and fellow composer Pierre-Octave Ferroud. Together these events caused a spiritual crisis in Poulenc’s life which led to a series of important compositions for chorus. The powerful Mass in G major, dedicated to the memory of his father, is notable for its daring use of tonality, though the playfulness of Poulenc’s ‘Les Six’ period is not absent. In the Sept Chansons, set to surrealist texts, and in the two sets of Motets - both very personal and penitential - Poulenc generates a huge range of emotion.

Louis Lortie, Helene Mercier, BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner - Francis Poulenc: Piano Concertos; Aubade (2015)

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Louis Lortie, Helene Mercier, BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner - Francis Poulenc: Piano Concertos; Aubade (2015)

Francis Poulenc: Piano Concertos; Aubade (2015)
Louis Lortie, piano; Hélène Mercier, piano; BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Edward Gardner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10875 | Time: 01:12:43

After a successful cycle of Chopin works for solo piano, exclusive Chandos artist Louis Lortie plays here works by Poulenc with his duet partner Hélène Mercier. In Aubade and the two concertos they are joined by Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic.

Charles Dutoit - Poulenc: Concertos, Orchestral & Choral Works (2007) (5 CDs Box Set)

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Charles Dutoit - Poulenc: Concertos, Orchestral & Choral Works (2007) (5 CDs Box Set)

Charles Dutoit - Poulenc: Concertos, Orchestral & Choral Works (2007) (5 CDs Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 5 CDs, 05:51:55 min | Cover included | 1,36 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Decca

It may not contain everything written by French modernist composer Francis Poulenc – the solo works, the chamber works, the stage works, and the songs with piano accompaniment are naturally not included – but Charles Dutoit's five-disc set of the orchestral works, the concerted works, the sacred choral works, and the vocal works with orchestral accompaniment by Poulenc has everything else that matters and lots, lots more. It has the charming Piano Concerto and the delightful Two Piano Concerto, the impressive Organ Concerto and the beguiling harpsichord concerto called Concert champêtre, the four-movement Sinfonietta and the seven-movement Suite française, the ballet Les biches and the Concerto chorégraphique called Aubade, plus 11 other shorter orchestral works.