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Figure Humaine: Choral Works by Francis Poulenc

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Mass in G
>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la vierge noire de Rocamadour
>Poulenc, Francis : Salve Regina
>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
>Poulenc, Francis : Figure humaine
>Poulenc, Francis : Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise
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Notes & Reviews:

Francis Poulenc is now considered to be among the most important composers of choral music of the 20th Century. Yet his early career reveals no trace of the dazzling and idiosyncratic unaccompanied choral textures so abundantly produced in the second half of his life. This new collection of Poulenc's choral works is centered on his masterwork, the Figure Humaine. Even though it is only 20 minutes in length, the work is a supreme test of stamina, technical agility, range, aural skill and musicianship. The professional chamber choir Tenebrae (directed by former King's Singer Nigel Short) are more than capable of tackling this repertoire, and this disc promises to provide a new benchmark in interpretations of the work.

"Poulenc's Figure Humaine makes extreme demands on ensemble and intonation, as plenty of commercial recordings can prove. Nigel Short's Tenebrae is astonishing, and instead of being diverted by the musical struggle, you're free to focus on Eluard's texts. The sense of liberation at the end is no less powerfully expressed, and as a showcase for Poulenc's choral writing, I'm finding it hard to imagine this recital being bettered." -BBC Music Awards nominee, 2011

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, Eng (06/22/2009-06/24/2009).



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Mass in G
  • Performer: Natalie Clifton-Griffith (Soprano)
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, England (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1937

>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la vierge noire de Rocamadour
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, England (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Poulenc, Francis : Salve Regina
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, England (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1941

>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, England (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1944

>Poulenc, Francis : Figure humaine
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, England (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1943

>Poulenc, Francis : Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, England (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948