Poulenc - Complete Chamber Music | Brilliant Classics 95351

Poulenc - Complete Chamber Music

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95351

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 17th November 2017

Contents

Artists

Matteo Fossi (piano)
Claudia Bucchini (flute, recorder)
Duccio Ceccanti (violin)
Vittorio Ceccanti (cello)
Federica Ferrati (piano)
Fabiano Fiorenzani (trombone)
Marco Gaggini (piano)
Lorenzo Gosi (cello)
Petru L Horvath (double bass)
Geremia Iezzi (horn)
Domenico Orlando (oboe)
Calogero Palermo (clarinet)
Claudio Quintavalla (trumpet)
Stefano Rava (cor anglais)
Edoardo Rosadini (viola)
Jean-Luc Votano (clarinet)
Andrea Zucco (bassoon)

Works

Poulenc, Francis

Bagatelle after 'Le Bal masque', FP60
Capriccio (after Le bal masque)
Cello Sonata, FP143
Clarinet Sonata in B flat major, FP184
Elegie for 2 pianos
Elegie for horn and piano, FP168
Flute Sonata, FP164
L'embarquement pour Cythere
Mouvements Perpetuels (3)
Oboe Sonata, FP185
Sextet for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, FP100
Sonata for 2 pianos, FP156
Sonata for clarinet and bassoon
Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone
Sonata for piano 4 hands, FP8
Sonata for two clarinets
Suite francaise
Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon, FP43
Villanelle for piccolo (pipe) and piano, FP74
Violin Sonata

Artists

Matteo Fossi (piano)
Claudia Bucchini (flute, recorder)
Duccio Ceccanti (violin)
Vittorio Ceccanti (cello)
Federica Ferrati (piano)
Fabiano Fiorenzani (trombone)
Marco Gaggini (piano)
Lorenzo Gosi (cello)
Petru L Horvath (double bass)
Geremia Iezzi (horn)
Domenico Orlando (oboe)
Calogero Palermo (clarinet)
Claudio Quintavalla (trumpet)
Stefano Rava (cor anglais)
Edoardo Rosadini (viola)
Jean-Luc Votano (clarinet)
Andrea Zucco (bassoon)

About

There are 20 separate works on this, the most complete set yet released of Poulenc’s chamber music. No single movement is more than a few minutes long and yet the sequence adds up to an absorbing narrative which takes us from the 20‐year‐old enfant terrible of 1920s Paris to the penultimate year of his life, with three masterfully written, unusually reflective wind sonatas. Like his older friend Satie, progenitor of Les Six, Poulenc tended to write music in short, repeated fragments. Unlike Satie, however, the younger man could and would switch moods – from clownish humour to lugubrious melancholy – at the drop of a hat.

Like his other compositional mentor Stravinsky, he composed at the piano, and his own fluency as a performer is evident from the piano parts of the many sonatas and trios in this collection. He much preferred wind instruments to solo strings, for their more personable qualities, though it helped that he had a wide circle of friends for whom to write such works.

Matteo Fossi is the animating spirit behind this comprehensive set. He also has a duet partnership with Marco Gaggini, which has made successful recordings of other 20th-century music for Brilliant Classics, including Bartók (BC94737) and arrangements of Schoenberg’s chamber symphonies (BC94957): ‘a very successful release,’ remarked MusicWeb of the Schoenberg CD. According to Gramophone’s review of the Bartók, ‘Matteo Fossi and Marco Gaggini play like a dream.’

With only one, full‐price rival in the current catalogue, this new recording will make an attractive, indeed essential acquisition for all lovers of chamber music, of Poulenc’s ever‐renewed idiom, of music that smiles, laughs and sympathises with your moods like a good friend.

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