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Stefano Bollani & Jan Latham-Koenig - Poulenc: Les Animaux modeles, Concert champetre, Improvisations 13 & 15 (2007)

14-09-2016, 19:18
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Poulenc: Les Animaux modeles, Concert champetre, Improvisations 13 & 15
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Avie Records
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Total Time: 74:03
Total Size: 364 Mb


Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Les Animaux modeles
01. I. Le petit jour (3:33)
02. II. L'Ours et les deux Compagnons (4:22)
03. III. La Cigale et la Formi (5:44)
04. IV. Le Lion amoureux (6:53)
05. V. L'Homme entre deux ages et ses deux maitresses (1:48)
06. VI. La mort et le boucheron (5:31)
07. VII. Les deux Coqs (9:13)
08. VIII. Le repas de midi (3:05)
Concert champetre pour piano et orchestre
09. Adagio, Allegro molto (10:28)
10. Andante (Mouvement de Sicilienne) (6:47)
11. Finale (Presto) (8:03)
12. Improvisation 13 (4:15)
13. Improvisation 15 (4:21)

Stefano Bollani - piano
Filarmonica '900 del Teatro Regio di Torino
Jan Latham-Koenig - conductor

Recorded at Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi", Torino (Italy) on March 6-9, 2007.

A rare outing for Poulenc's delightful, tune-filled ballet score.
Poulenc's third and final ballet, Les animaux modeles, was begun, he wrote, "in the darkest days of the summer of 1940, and one way or another I wanted to find a reason for hope in the future of my country". The fables of La Fontaine provided him with the plot and it was first performed on August 8, 1942, in occupied Paris (in the penultimate section, "Les deux coqs", Poulenc mischievously quotes the song "Non, non, vous n'aurez pas notre Alsace-Lorraine" for an audience made up mainly of German officials).
Why we don't hear this delicious score more often is a mystery. Too many good tunes, probably. Its eight movements are quintessential Poulenc with the characteristic melange of harmonic and stylistic influences that make their composer's voice so unmistakable. There is also a good deal of self-plagiarising (spot the quotes from the Organ Concerto and the contemporaneous Babar the Elephant). Only one other recording is currently available, apart from the abbreviated version recorded by Georges Prêtre from 1966. The Turin players match the Parisians every step of the way with their incision, sure-footedness and sheer panache.
Stefano Bollani, whose career has been mainly in jazz, makes a good fist of the Concerto champetre (commissioned by the harpsichordist Wanda Landowska, of course, but sanctioned by the composer to be played on the piano as well), rounding off the disc with his own "elaborations" of two of Poulenc's late Improvisations, No 13 from 1958 and No 15 ("Hommage a Edith Piaf"), from 1959, the last of the cycle. -- Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone [12/2007]

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Rabisox   User offline   15 September 2016 12:17

(tracknames should be, in good French:)

01 - Les Animaux modèles - I. Le petit jour.flac
02 - Les Animaux modèles - II. L'Ours et les deux Compagnons.flac
03 - Les Animaux modèles - III. La Cigale et la Fourmi.flac
04 - Les Animaux modèles - IV. Le Lion amoureux.flac
05 - Les Animaux modeles- V. L'Homme entre deux âges et ses deux maîtresses.flac
06 - Les Animaux modèles - VI. La mort et le bûcheron.flac
07 - Les Animaux modèles - VII. Les deux Coqs.flac
08 - Les Animaux modèles - VIII. Le repas de midi.flac
09 - Concert champêtre pour piano et orchestre – Adagio - Allegro molto.flac
10 - Concert champêtre pour piano et orchestre – Andante (mouvement de Sicilienne).flac
11 - Concert champêtre pour piano et orchestre – Finale (presto).flac
12 - Improvisation 13.flac
13 - Improvisation 15.flac

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