Poulenc - Chamber Music | Farao B108103

Poulenc - Chamber Music


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Label: Farao

Cat No: B108103

Barcode: 4025438081038

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd June 2019



Wind instruments occupy a central place in Francis Poulenc’s chamber music oeuvre. Starting from the first half of the twentieth century, composers and orchestras gave prominence to the woodwinds, lending their works the distinctive “French sound” and style of which Poulenc was one of the greatest ambassadors.

With his three sonatas for flute, clarinet, and bassoon, Poulenc set standards that remain to this day; his sextet is a milestone in music history.

Francis Poulenc - Chamber Music is the second concept album of the Ensemble arabesques. Their first, Gustav Holst - Chamber Music, was released in 2017. The English composer’s fame rests on his enthusiastically acclaimed work The Planets, which eclipsed his previous compositions. The fact that the latter merit much greater attention is attested to by his chamber music works, characterized by their dreamlike gracefulness and still indebted to late Romanticism, to which the ensemble has devoted itself with great success.

The third album is already in preparation and will be entitled Jacques Ibert - Chamber Music.

In 2011, the German-French cultural festival arabesques was launched in Hamburg. With more than 50 events each year, it is now the biggest festival of its type in northern Germany.

The Ensemble arabesques, which to begin with was active only during the festival, has now developed its own momentum and performs in Germany and abroad throughout the year. The ensemble is made up of musicians from the three major Hamburg orchestras – the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. In varying combinations, the artists focus mainly on unusual musical projects ranging from baroque to modern. Little-known composers or works that have fallen into oblivion form a central part of the ensemble's work.

Born in 1970, Paul Rivinius studied in the masterclass of Gerhard Oppitz, among other teachers, and graduated in 1998 with distinction. As a chamber musician, he has achieved notable success with the Clemente Trio. In addition, he performs with his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet and has been a member of the Mozart Piano Quartet since 2004. Paul Rivinius taught for many years as professor of chamber music at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.

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