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David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade (2000)

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David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade (2000)

David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade: Beethoven, Schubert, Caldara, Gluck, Cesti, Lotti, Gounod, Williams, Poulenc, Purcell (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 70:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45400 2 8 | Recorded: 1999

It's a truism by now that countertenors have made a notable comeback in our time, but David Daniels isn't about to rest on his laurels. As if his recent successes weren't enough to set him apart, on this recital album Daniels forays beyond the countertenor's stereotypical domain of the baroque to interpret lieder of Beethoven and Schubert, as well as French mélodies and Vaughan Williams. A stunningly beautiful disc.

Danish National Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet, Ralf Gothóni - French Music for Wind Quintet (2005)

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Danish National Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet, Ralf Gothóni - French Music for Wind Quintet (2005)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet, Ralf Gothóni - French Music for Wind Quintet: Poulenc, Ibert, Milhaud, Françaix (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:53 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.557356

The wind quintet made up of the principal players of the Danish National Symphony are fairly well-known from their earlier recordings. And Ralf Gothóni, who joins them for Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds, is a strikingly sensitive pianist, particularly in chamber settings. The program itself is very strong; it comprises basically the core of 20th-century French wind quintet literature: the Poulenc Sextet, Ibert's 'Trois Pièces brèves,' Françaix's First Wind Quintet, and Milhaud's 'Le Cheminée du roi René.'

Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)

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Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)

Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:04 | 332 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 66839

The Poulenc Violin Sonata is still a relative rarity on record. I'm baffled by this, as it is one of Poulenc's most unique and musically rewarding works. This performance by Lin and Crossley is excellent; indeed they nearly match the superlative recording made by Kolja Blacher and Eric Le Sage for RCA. The brighter, more lively RCA recording adds a little extra sparkle and energy to the latter. However, in both instances, each violinist has the benefit of being joined by pianists who have made a specialty of Poulenc.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Edward Higginbottom - Twentieth Century Masters Volume 1: Poulenc and His Contemporaries (2006)

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Edward Higginbottom - Twentieth Century Masters Volume 1: Poulenc and His Contemporaries (2006)

The Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom - Twentieth Century Masters Volume 1: Poulenc and His Contemporaries (2006)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 287 MB | 01:10:19
Genre: Classical | Label: Avie

In 2006, Edward Higginbottom celebrated 30 years as Director of Music at New College Oxford. During his time there the New College Choir has achieved international recognition and produced over 70 recordings, many of them worldwide best sellers. This release is the first in a trio of CDs exploring 20th-century choral music, grouped thematically by country. The journey begins in France, where we find Poulenc exploring his religious side, not something often associated with the rebellious and often cheeky Parisian. But he did maintain a strong spiritual streak, remarking once that “he’s not as religious as he’d like to be.”

Dima Slobodeniouk, Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Poulenc, Prokofiev, Britten: Sinfoniettas (2022)

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Dima Slobodeniouk, Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Poulenc, Prokofiev, Britten: Sinfoniettas (2022)

Dima Slobodeniouk, Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Poulenc, Prokofiev, Britten: Sinfoniettas (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 62:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2601 | Recorded: 2021

The term sinfonietta is generally used to describe a work that is smaller in scale or lighter in approach than a standard symphony. It only came into common usage during the first half of the 20th century, which is when the three works included on this disc were in fact composed. Worth noting is also that Sergei Prokofiev and Benjamin Britten wrote their respective sinfoniettas while they were still in their teens – early attempts at multi-movement works for ensemble. Prokofiev revised his Sinfonietta twice, with the 1929 version recorded here, and later went on to become one of the great symphonists of his time.

Great Pianists: Gulda, Backhaus, Serkin, Cherkassky, Berman, Gilels, Anda, Małcużyński, Cziffra, Canino [10CDs] (2005)

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Great Pianists: Gulda, Backhaus, Serkin, Cherkassky, Berman, Gilels, Anda, Małcużyński, Cziffra, Canino [10CDs] (2005)

Great Pianists: Gulda, Backhaus, Serkin, Cherkassky, Berman, Gilels, Anda, Małcużyński, Cziffra, Canino [10CDs] (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,63 Gb | Total time: 12:16:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Documents | # 224095 | Recorded: 1953-1993

This 10 CD set offers 11 live recitals given by 10 famous pianists in Switzerland from 1953 to 1993. Each pianist is credited by a single CD. Only Backhaus CD contains fragments from two different programs (1953 and 1960), all the other pianists are represented by a single program.

Marie-Claire Alain - L'Orgue Français [22CDs] (2014)

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Marie-Claire Alain - L'Orgue Français [22CDs] (2014)

Marie-Claire Alain - L'Orgue Français [22CDs] (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,18 Gb | Total time: 28:42:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564631064 | Recorded: 1955-2000

Known as the ‘First Lady of the organ’, Marie-Claire Alain was a strikingly mature, creative and intuitive artist. Spanning four centuries of music, from Baroque masterpieces by the likes of Couperin and Grigny, through cornerstones of the French organ repertoire by Widor, Vierne and Messiaen, to two discs of works by her brother Jehan, this collection is testament to her vast and impressively wide-ranging recording legacy.

Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor - Francis Poulenc: Stabat Mater; Alfred Desenclos: Requiem (2019)

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Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor - Francis Poulenc: Stabat Mater; Alfred Desenclos: Requiem (2019)

Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor - Francis Poulenc: Stabat Mater; Alfred Desenclos: Requiem (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 60:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Evil Penguin | # EPRC 0032 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

On the final instalment of its Requiem series, the Flemish Radio Choir tackles Poulenc’s iconic Stabat Mater (1950) and Alfred Desenclos’ Requiem (1963), stunning works which steer clear of the typical Requiem horrors to convey a message of hope. Teaming up with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Choir and its acclaimed director Hervé Niquet extract the emotional and rhetorical essence of music which is eminently French, unusually tender, and delicately majestic.

Sean Shibe - Camino: Falla, José, Mompou, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc (2021)

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Sean Shibe - Camino: Falla, José, Mompou, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc (2021)

Sean Shibe - Camino: Falla, José, Mompou, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 174 Mb | Total time: 56:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 870 | Recorded: 2020

Camino is guitarist Sean Shibe’s first PENTATONE album, an introspective programme exploring French-Spanish musical borders, a pilgrimage leading from Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante défunte, Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1 and Gnossiennes 1 and 3, Poulenc’s Sarabande, De Falla’s Miller’s Dance and Homaje, pour le Tombeau de Debussy and José’s Pavana triste all the way to Mompou’s Cançons i dansas 6 and 10, as well as his Suite compostelana. Shibe has deliberately granted Mompou a central role on this album, as his music demonstrates that melancholy, aimlessness and a whole host of other feelings are not things to be avoided or fixed or solved, but experiences to be felt deeply: not with sad nostalgia, but with genuine wonder and excitement at what this means for the future. In that respect, Camino also documents Shibe’s personal quest to overcome the challenges of a time dominated by Covid-19, and to ultimately see the world anew.

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 67:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029500570 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

The first joint album from countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and guitarist Thibaut Garcia, À sa guitare takes it's name from a song by the 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc. But it's frame of reference is extraordinarily wide - both culturally and stylistically. It's 22 tracks range across 400 years and music by composers and songwriters from France, Britain, Austria, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and the USA. "The album is a journey between different cultures, different continents and different languages," says Philippe Jaroussky, "but each piece is a world in itself. The idea was to take some risks… sometimes moving to a completely different world between one track and the next." "We can evoke hugely different colours as we juggle between renaissance music and a song by Barbara," explains Thibaut Garcia. "It's our job to play with a palette of colours to produces something unique… We put a great deal of thought into the album, but we also put our hearts into it."

Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton - Chère Nuit (2021)

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Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton - Chère Nuit (2021)

Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton - Chère Nuit (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 80:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos Records | # CHAN 20222 | Recorded: 2020

The acclaimed British soprano Louise Alder returns for her second recital on Chandos, joined once again by star pianist Joseph Middleton. Enthusiastic praise was widespread for her Chandos début, Lines Written during a Sleepless Night: The Russian Connection, which earned significant accolades in the USA and continental Europe in addition to the UK. For this recording the pair explore a rich and varied selection of French songs from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Louse Alder writes: 'I have always held French song very dear to my heart and when we settled on this wildly varied programme, I quickly grew excited at the prospect of exploring the art form in virtually all its styles. From Ravel to Yvain, I hope we paint pictures of a French evening, of mystery, intrigue, discovery, seduction, love, and blissful night.'

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - France: Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Jolivet, Messiaen, Aperghis (2018)

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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - France: Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Jolivet, Messiaen, Aperghis (2018)

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - France: Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Jolivet, Messiaen, Aperghis (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 70:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # SWR19065CD | Recorded: 2005-2017

French intellectuals, especially musicians and writers, were enchanted by the magic of Richard Wagner's music, but they earnestly wanted to pursue new ideas for what might follow. They believed that music and art should be free from 'German elements' and they consequently wanted to establish a decidedly contrasting, French style of music. It was for this reason that Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns set up the Societé Nationale de Musique in 1871, tasking it with supporting new French compositions. Successive composers were fascinated by new developments in the great French music tradition and experimented with modal alternatives and aspects of counterpoint. Compositional clarity was expected to express the simple but poetic relationship between music and text, drawing on graceful melodic lines and a Renaissance-like serenity of expression.

Emmanuel Pahud, François Leleux, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Mozart & Flute in Paris (2021)

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Emmanuel Pahud, François Leleux, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Mozart & Flute in Paris (2021)

Emmanuel Pahud, François Leleux, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Mozart & Flute in Paris (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 569 Mb | Total time: 123:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190296739323 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

This double album, Mozart & Flute in Paris, brings together nine captivating works, all with their origins in Paris, which feature a solo flute. Emmanuel Pahud is joined by his colleagues from ‘wind supergroup’ Les Vents Français – oboist François Leleux (here also conducting the Orchestre de chambre de Paris), clarinettist Paul Meyer, bassoonist Gilbert Audin and horn-player Radovan Vlatković – and by Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts.

RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)

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RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)

RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 385 MB | 01:46:05
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Fifty years after his death, Poulenc is one of the most frequently performed French composers of the twentieth century all over the world. His choral output offers a nuanced portrait of a musician who, at bottom, fell in love with the texts he set, whether they were sacred (CD 1) or secular (CD 2). ʻA singer, as fashioned by Francis, presents us with words raised to the height of severity or charm by Poulenc’s musical intelligence’, wrote Jean Cocteau. An admirable compliment to an oeuvre as capable of expressing faith (Motets pour un temps de pénitence) as resistance.