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POULENC, Francis - Composers

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Composer: POULENC, Francis ((1899-1963))
His/her life:
[in Dutch] Francis Poulenc ontving zijn muzikale opleiding bij Charles Koechlin (1921-1924). Toen maakte hij tevens kennis met Arnold Schönberg. Hij was aangesloten bij de groep Nouveaux Jeunes (later de Groupe des Six: Jean Cocteau, Honegger, Auric en Milhaud), waar hij de invloed van Jean Cocteau onderging. Aanvankelijk lichtvoetig in stijl, bracht de dood van een goede vriend in 1935 een nieuwe diepte in zijn werk. In dezelfde tijd ontstond van de langdurige samenwerking met de bariton Pierre Bernac, die hij vanaf 1935 tot 1949 regelmatig begeleidde. In deze periode ontstond het merendeel van Poulencs liedoeuvre (w.o. een aantal cycli), waarin hij zich ontpopte als een waardig opvolger van Fauré, Duprac en Debussy. Poulenc heeft daarmee een belangrijke en idiomatische bijdrage geleverd aan het Franse kunstlied. Poulenc had een voorliefde voor stijlcitaten, alsmede voor een ongegeneerd gebruik van populaire motieven uit de jazz en de amusementsmuziek. Deze beide elementen zijn met wisselend succes toegepast
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French Oboe Sonatas - J. Van den Hauwe, oboe - D. Ouziel, piano - E.Boudreault, bassoon

French Oboe Sonatas - J. Van den Hauwe, oboe - D. Ouziel, piano - E.Boudreault, bassoon
ID: ACDBB030-2
CDs: 1
Type: SACD
Subcollection: Oboe

In this album, the Belgian oboist Joris Van den Hauwe performs a number of French compositions for oboe from the 19th and 20th centuries.

This recording includes some of the most important works of French music for oboe and piano. Some were written for student examinations at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Paris. Others were dedicated to former teachers, for example, Camille Saint-Saëns's Sonata to ‘Monsieur Louis Bass, hautbois- Premier Solo de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire et de l'Opera' (tracks 11, 12 and 13). The ‘Sarabande et Allegro' by Gabriel Grovlez (tracks 14 and 15) and the ‘Fantaisie Pastorale' by Eugène Bozza (track 7) were both dedicated to the then highly acclaimed oboist Louis Bleuzet (1874-1941), also a teacher at the Paris Conservatoire. Grovlez noted in his score: ‘A mon Ami Louis Bleuzet, Professeur au Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris'. The link between composers and performers was apparently very strong; these works are among the jewels of chamber music.
The oboe sonata (1947) by Henri Dutillieux (tracks 4, 5 and 6) is a jewel, as well, though the composer, born in 1916, thought otherwise. He disavowed this composition, along with other early works. Dutillieux dedicated this sonata to Monsieur Pierre Bayeux, also a teacher at the Paris Conservatoire. Francis Poulenc dedicated his two sonatas on this album (tracks 1, 2 and 3 and 16, 17 and 18) to Sergei Prokofiev and Manuel de Falla. It is a conscious departure from a program following a timeline of the dates of the compositions. The reason for this is to present the music on the album as though in a concert, in a musical progression. The album begins, for example, with the most recent work.
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Svetlana and Veronika Aptekar-Ainagulova - Piano duo - M.Clementi - W.F.Bach - W.A.Mozart - F.Poulenc

Svetlana and Veronika Aptekar-Ainagulova - Piano duo - M.Clementi - W.F.Bach - W.A.Mozart - F.Poulenc
ID: ART201
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental

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C. Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony / F. Poulenc: Organ Concert

C. Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony / F. Poulenc: Organ Concert
ID: AV2100160
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Organ

Organ Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Claus Peter Flor
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O Magnum Mysterium: Music for Christmas

O Magnum Mysterium: Music for Christmas
ID: BRIL6468
CDs: 1
Type: DVD5
Collection: Choral Collection

1 DVD 16:9
Region: (All) PAL, 2.35:1 ALL FORMATS
Sound Tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo 5.1
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A PORTRAIT OF DAVID WEBER - “The Grand Master of the clarinet”, Historic Transfers (1946-1978)

A PORTRAIT OF DAVID WEBER -  “The Grand Master of the clarinet”, Historic Transfers (1946-1978)
ID: CC0041
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Clarinet

Born in 1913 in Vilna, Lithuania, Weber moved to the United States in 1921. At the age of eleven he took up the clarinet and went on to become one of the most distinguished players of his generation. He began his career in 1938 when his playing so impressed Toscanini, that he was hired on the spot to play in the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Later appointments included assistant principle in the New York Philharmonic, principle clarinet in the Metropolitan Opera and finally the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

The recordings on this disc date from 1946 through to 1978 and cover a very wide range of music.
Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes
Schumann's Fantasy Pieces Op. 73
Penderecki's Trois Miniatures
Also included on the disc are works by Poulenc, Spohr, McDowell, Cahuzac and Glazounov. Clarinet Classics is proud to present this CD which is a fitting tribute to a great clarinettist.

Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Spohr Six German Songs, Op. 103
Edward MacDowell From Uncle Remus from Woodland Sketches, Op, By Smouldering Embers, Op. 61, No. 6 (arranged for clarinet and piano by Nicolas Roussakis)
Cahuzac Arlequin, Character Piece for Solo Clarinet
Glazunov The Seasons, Op. 67 (fragment)

David Weber (clarinet), recorded 1946-1978
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Melodic Lines - Oboe, Bassoon & Piano

Melodic Lines - Oboe, Bassoon & Piano
ID: CC2016
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The 24-page CD booklet has a 6,000 word programme note in English including interviews with Roderick Swanston (on Geoffrey Bush), Barbara Thompson (on Green), Roger Lord (on Madeleine Dring) and Richard Stoker (on his Miniatures). There are biographies of the composers and many photographs.


Has melody always been with us? Will it continue to flourish? Yes, and yes. The practise of creating pitched sounds is a universal human phenomenon, and the pentatonic scale has been found in many cultures all over the world. In the West it was present in some of the earliest examples of notated music, such as Gregorian Chant, and is with us today.

The melodies in Lalliet’s Terzetto, for example, are not universal - they are clearly a product of European culture in the 19th Century. But whatever form it takes, the existence of melody itself is universal. It seems likely that melody was linked to communication long before opera was invented; the pre-verbal vocalising of a baby could be said to be a kind of melody, and right from the start comes the idea that melody not just an abstract thing that we happen to like, but that it is linked with an emotional or physical state, and with the communication of that state. Melody is very fundamental to us, relating to our physiology, not just to our sense of beauty.

The history of melody has had, as it were, its ups and downs. In the classical period, a long melodic line was not considered flexible enough for symphonic development - all you could do was repeat it or make variations of it - and it was often replaced by a short motif that could be worked on. However, by the 19th Century, when the earliest piece on this CD was written (the Lalliet), melody was in its hayday. The scientist Hermann Helmholtz asserted that it was 'the incarnation of motion in music', the critic Eduard Hanslick saw in it 'the archetypal configuration of beauty', and Wagner asserted that there was no reason that a melody need ever end. In practice even Wagner ended his melodies eventually, but this was felt to be a choice and not a necessity. Surprisingly, the best example of an ‘unending’ melody on this CD comes from Wagner’s antithesis, Francis Poulenc, in the slow movement of his Trio.

In the 20th Century, melody suffered an eclipse from the followers of the Second Viennese School. This wasn't their original intention; Webern, for example, said he was looking for 'absolute melody', but this was at the expense of something you could hum, and advances in instrumental techniques, synthesisers and computers encouraged later composers to pursue ends other than melodic ones.

Meanwhile other developments, such as the incorporation of folk music, or the 'Socialist Realism' of composers such as Shostakovitch, as well as the rise of popular music as a separate genre, ensured the survival of melody. On this CD the operatic melodies of Casimir-Théophile Lalliet (circa 1870), the Romantic urges of Francis Poulenc (1928), the heartfelt melancholy of Geoffrey Bush (1952), the chirpy tunes of Richard Stoker (1963), the mediaeval references of Madeleine Dring (1971), and the sinuous lines of Barbara Thompson (2006), demonstrate that melody is alive and well.

It may also be that it is in the nature of the oboe and bassoon to play tunes, to connect to the human voice, and this has encouraged these composers to be more 'melodic' when writing for these instruments. Today's advanced instrumental techniques enable both oboe and bassoon players to make music of extraordinary complexity, but I can't help feeling that when our remote ancestors first punched finger holes in a wooden tube, it was a melody they had in mind.
© 2006 Jeremy Polmear
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CALL ME FLOTT - Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson

CALL ME FLOTT - Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson
ID: CHRCD003
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

A brand new release from Dame Felicity Lott, with Graham Johnson at the piano. Described as “The Queen of English Classical”, here Felicity Lott, known as 'Flott' to her friends, performs a selection of lighter repertoire, from Cole Porter to Ivor Novello, Coward, Barber and Berlin.

Well-known and loved the world over for her musicality, beautiful tone, easy ascents into the upper register, and superb delivery, here Dame Felicity is expertly accompanied by Graham Johnson, who also provides us with extensive and well-written booklet notes.
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O Duo - Owen Gunnell & Oliver Cox

O Duo - Owen Gunnell & Oliver Cox
ID: CHRCD017
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Drums

'O Duo' are Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox, two percussionists who bring their eclectic and charistmatic approach to the music on this CD. Well-known pieces such as Chopin!s Fantasie-Impromptu with its glorious central melody and the textual clarity of Bach!s music are juxtaposed with contemporary composers such as the Japanese composer Miki's Marimba Spiritual. There are other contrasting pieces for example Mendelssohn!s Fugue No. 4 in F minor from 1834 and Ter Veldhuis! Goldrush written in 1995.

Among the pieces on the CD are two written especially for the pair. McNeff!s Baristas of which the composer writes, “You only have to see a crack team of coffee-makers to appreciate the comparison in speed, dexterity and - most importantly - sound.” Also Joliffe!s Knock About which was inspired by people casually kicking around a football and of which the composer writes, “At its centre is one simple rhythm, but this is hidden by really fast music, which O Duo manage to pull off with their usual flair.”
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Poulenc- Complete Chamber Works - London Conchord Ensemble

Poulenc- Complete Chamber Works - London Conchord Ensemble
ID: CHRCD028
CDs: 2
Type: CD

Poulenc:
Sonata for Two Clarinets, Op. 7

Oboe Sonata, Op. 185

Violin Sonata, FP 119

Sextet for piano and wind quintet, Op. 100

Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon

Violin Sonata, FP 119

Cello Sonata, Op. 143

Clarinet Sonata, Op. 184

Oboe Sonata, Op. 185
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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin - Hum Watkins, piano

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin - Hum Watkins, piano
ID: CHRCD059
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

Tracks/Listen

1. Poulenc, Francis [06'31]
Violin Sonata - i - Allegro con Fuoco
2. Poulenc, Francis [06'44]
Violin Sonata - ii - Intermezzo
3. Poulenc, Francis [05'43]
Violin Sonata - iii - Presto Tragico
4. Ives, Charles [08'47]
Decoration Day
5. Gershwin, George [05'56]
An American in Paris
6. Ravel, Maurice [07'49]
Sonata no.2 pour violon et piano in G - i - Allegretto
7. Ravel, Maurice [05'36]
Sonata no.2 pour violon et piano in G - ii - Blues
8. Ravel, Maurice [04'00]
Sonata no.2 pour violon et piano in G - iii - Perpetuum mobile
9. Gershwin, George [04'25]
Five Selections from Porgy & Bess - i - Summertime & A woman is a sometime thing
10. Gershwin, George [05'26]
Five Selections from Porgy & Bess - ii - My man's gone now
11. Gershwin, George [02'44]
Five Selections from Porgy & Bess - iii - It ain't necessarily so
12. Gershwin, George [05'10]
Five Selections from Porgy & Bess - iv - Bess you is my woman now
13. Gershwin, George [03'21]
Five Selections from Porgy & Bess - v - Tempo di Blues
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