Poulenc: Songs, Vol. 2 - Songs on poems by Paul Eluard and Louise de Vilmorin / Holger Falk, baritone; Alessandro Zuppardo, piano

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Miroirs brûlants (2), for voice & piano, FP 98
>Poulenc, Francis : Tel jour, telle nuit, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 86
>Poulenc, Francis : La fraîcheur et le feu, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 147
>Poulenc, Francis : Le travail du peintre, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 161
>Poulenc, Francis : Cinq poèmes de Paul Éluard, for voice & piano, FP 77
>Poulenc, Francis : Ce doux petit visage
>Poulenc, Francis : Main dominée par le coeur, song for voice & piano, FP 135
>Poulenc, Francis : Une chanson de porcelaine, for voice & piano, FP 169
>Poulenc, Francis : ...mais mourir ("Mains agitées aux grimaces nourées"), song for voice & piano, FP 137
>Poulenc, Francis : Métamorphoses, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 121
>Poulenc, Francis : Les bijoux aux poitrines, mazurka for voice & piano (Mouvements du coeur), FP 145
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The friendship between the poet Paul Éluard and the composer Francis Poulenc was more than just an artistic relationship. Éluard wrote to Poulenc, "It was first through your music that I really understood my poems"; and it was first through Éluard that Poulenc learned to express the deepest secrets of his personality.

Éluard paints powerful pictures - a feather consisting of clear water, sweet forests, a lion ruled by a bird that has been wiped away by a cloud - numbering among the finest produced in the French language. Poulenc enhances these pictures with keyboard writing distinguished by pure clarity and first properly highlighting their fascinating radiance.

Holger Falk is the perfect singer for Poulenc's music with his trim baritone voice and special interpretive feel for poetic and compositional nuances and his perfect command of language. Alessandro Zuppardo's fine touch means that the voice is enhanced more than accompanied, and it becomes quite obvious that the two have strictly maintained Poulenc's interpretive prescription: "Don't analyze my music; just love it!"

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Falk sings beautifully, with suppleness and grace that are utterly alluring, and he seems completely at home in this style and with the language. His well-placed voice has a great natural beauty. His tone is smooth and even across his whole range. And he makes good use of his lovely head voice. This is a recording that invites frequent listening. A third volume is planned. I look forward to it. Helpful notes, texts and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-).



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>Poulenc, Francis : Miroirs brûlants (2), for voice & piano, FP 98
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938-1939

>Poulenc, Francis : Tel jour, telle nuit, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 86
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Poulenc, Francis : La fraîcheur et le feu, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 147
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Poulenc, Francis : Le travail du peintre, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 161
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Poulenc, Francis : Cinq poèmes de Paul Éluard, for voice & piano, FP 77
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1935

>Poulenc, Francis : Ce doux petit visage
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Poulenc, Francis : Main dominée par le coeur, song for voice & piano, FP 135
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Poulenc, Francis : Une chanson de porcelaine, for voice & piano, FP 169
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1958

>Poulenc, Francis : ...mais mourir ("Mains agitées aux grimaces nourées"), song for voice & piano, FP 137
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Poulenc, Francis : Métamorphoses, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 121
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Poulenc, Francis : Les bijoux aux poitrines, mazurka for voice & piano (Mouvements du coeur), FP 145
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Alessandro Zuppardo (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2012-04-15_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949