Le Groupe des Six: Selected Works 1915-1945

Audio Samples

>Auric, Georges : Prelude for piano (From Album des Six)
>Durey, Louis : Romance sans paroles for piano (From Albem des Six)
>Honegger, Arthur : Sarabande, for piano (for inclusion in "Album des Six"), H. 26
>Milhaud, Darius : Mazurka, for piano (published in collaborative work, "Album des Six"), no opus number assigned
>Poulenc, Francis : Valse for Piano
>Tailleferre, Germaine : Pastorale, for piano (or small orchestra) in D major (from "Album des Six")
>Poulenc, Francis : Mouvements perpetuels (3)
>Honegger, Arthur : Pieces (3), for piano, H. 23
>Milhaud, Darius : Caramel mou (Shimmy), for piano, Op. 68arr
>Auric, Georges : Adieu New York, Fox-trot
>Poulenc, Francis : Les biches, suite for piano (from the ballet), FP 36
>Poulenc, Francis : Le bestiaire (Cortege d'Orphee), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber ensemble), FP 15a
>Poulenc, Francis : Huit Nocturnes
>     [Unspecified excerpts]
>Poulenc, Francis : Quinze Improvisations Pour Piano
>     [Unspecified excerpts]
>Poulenc, Francis : Caprice for piano in C major (after Le bal Masque), FP 60
>Milhaud, Darius : Scaramouche, Op. 165b
>Tailleferre, Germaine : Overture for orchestra (originally for the opera "Zoulaina")
>Durey, Louis : Le Printemps Au Fond de la Mer, for piano & chamber ensemble
>Milhaud, Darius : La création du monde, Op. 81
>Honegger, Arthur : Prelude, fugue, postlude, for orchestra (extracted from Amphion), H. 71a
>Poulenc, Francis : Les mamelles de Tiresias, opera, FP 125

Album Summary

>Auric, Georges : Prelude for piano (From Album des Six)
>Durey, Louis : Romance sans paroles for piano (From Albem des Six)
>Honegger, Arthur : Sarabande, for piano (for inclusion in "Album des Six"), H. 26
>Milhaud, Darius : Mazurka, for piano (published in collaborative work, "Album des Six"), no opus number assigned
>Poulenc, Francis : Valse for Piano
>Tailleferre, Germaine : Pastorale, for piano (or small orchestra) in D major (from "Album des Six")
>Poulenc, Francis : Mouvements perpetuels (3)
>Honegger, Arthur : Pieces (3), for piano, H. 23
>Milhaud, Darius : Caramel mou (Shimmy), for piano, Op. 68arr
>Auric, Georges : Adieu New York, Fox-trot
>Poulenc, Francis : Les biches, suite for piano (from the ballet), FP 36
>Poulenc, Francis : Le bestiaire (Cortege d'Orphee), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber ensemble), FP 15a
>Poulenc, Francis : Huit Nocturnes
>Poulenc, Francis : Quinze Improvisations Pour Piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Caprice for piano in C major (after Le bal Masque), FP 60
>Milhaud, Darius : Scaramouche, Op. 165b
>Tailleferre, Germaine : Overture for orchestra (originally for the opera "Zoulaina")
>Durey, Louis : Le Printemps Au Fond de la Mer, for piano & chamber ensemble
>Milhaud, Darius : La création du monde, Op. 81
>Honegger, Arthur : Prelude, fugue, postlude, for orchestra (extracted from Amphion), H. 71a
>Poulenc, Francis : Les mamelles de Tiresias, opera, FP 125
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

2009 two CD release, documenting links between avant-garde music and art in the 20th Century. Mentored by Erik Satie and Jean Cocteau from 1917 to 1923, the celebrated group of young French composers known as Les Six comprised Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Taillefaire. This 150 minute remastered double CD set features selected piano and orchestral works by Les Six composed between 1915 and 1945, including collaborations with Jean Cocteau, Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Marcelle Meyer and Denise Duval. All selections were recorded between 1928 and 2007, including some personally performed or conducted by the composers themselves. The booklet includes archive images and detailed historical notes by James Hayward.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Francis Poulenc, Andrew West (piano).

Recording information: Bloomline Coryphee; Hentry Wood Hall, London, England; Maison De La Mutualite, Paris, France.

A dream come true for fans of early 20th century avant garde, SELECTED WORKS 1915-1945 collects work by Le Groupe de Six, an ensemble of French composers and musicians, comprising Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc, among others, with direct ties to that era's most prominent poets, painters, and theorists, including Erik Satie and Jean Cocteau. This double-disc set features compositions for piano and orchestra, and comes with a booklet packed with historical notes and photos. Included on the set are collaborations with Cocteau, Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, and Denise Duval.



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Works Details

>Auric, Georges : Prélude for piano (From Album des Six)
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Durey, Louis : Romance sans paroles for piano (From Albem des Six)
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Honegger, Arthur : Sarabande, for piano (for inclusion in "Album des Six"), H. 26
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Milhaud, Darius : Mazurka, for piano (published in collaborative work, "Album des Six"), no opus number assigned
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Poulenc, Francis : Valse for Piano
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1919

>Tailleferre, Germaine : Pastorale, for piano (or small orchestra) in D major (from "Album des Six")
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 09/04/1919

>Poulenc, Francis : Mouvements perpétuels (3)
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Honegger, Arthur : Pieces (3), for piano, H. 23
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915-1919

>Milhaud, Darius : Caramel mou (Shimmy), for piano, Op. 68arr
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Auric, Georges : Adieu New York, Fox-trot
  • Performers: Les Six (Piano); Andrew West (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Poulenc, Francis : Les biches, suite for piano (from the ballet), FP 36
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Poulenc, Francis : Le bestiaire (Cortège d'Orphée), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber ensemble), FP 15a
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Poulenc, Francis : Huit Nocturnes :: [Unspecified excerpts]
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929-1938

>Poulenc, Francis : Quinze Improvisations Pour Piano :: [Unspecified excerpts]
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Caprice for piano in C major (after Le bal Masqué), FP 60
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Milhaud, Darius : Scaramouche, Op. 165b
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Tailleferre, Germaine : Overture for orchestra (originally for the opera "Zoulaina")
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Durey, Louis : Le Printemps Au Fond de la Mer, for piano & chamber ensemble
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Milhaud, Darius : La création du monde, Op. 81
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1923

>Honegger, Arthur : Prélude, fugue, postlude, for orchestra (extracted from Amphion), H. 71a
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Notes: Composition written: 1948.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Poulenc, Francis : Les mamelles de Tirésias, opera, FP 125
  • Performer: Les Six
  • Notes: Composition written: 1939-44.
  • Running Time: 51 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1939-1944