Poulenc - Ballet Suites | Naxos 8573170

Poulenc - Ballet Suites

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573170

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st September 2014

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This programme brings together première recordings of Francis Poulenc’s own piano versions of his ‘ballet of atmosphere’ Les Biches and ‘choreographic concerto’ Aubade, as well as the first digital recording of the suite from Les Animaux modèles, inspired by the fables of La Fontaine and compiled by Grant Johannesen with the composer’s agreement.

‘Piano scores’ are an essential part of rehearsing and choreographing any ballet, but the piano was also indispensable to Poulenc’s compositional process. He owed his love of classical dance to years of working closely with Dyaghilev, and his music brims with subtlety, humour, genuine emotion, piquant harmonies and rhythmic lightness.

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