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The Complete Songs of Poulenc, Vol. 4 / John Mark Ainsley, Ann Murray, William Dazeley, Sarah Fox. Malcolm Martineau, piano

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Le bestiaire (Cortege d'Orphee), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber ensemble), FP 15a
>Poulenc, Francis : Songs for Le bestiaire (unpublished), for voice & piano, FP 15b
>Poulenc, Francis : La puce, song for voice & piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Poemes de Pierre Ronsard (5), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 38
>Poulenc, Francis : Cinq poemes de Max Jacob, for voice & piano, FP 59
>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons polonaises (8), song cycle for voice & piano, FP 69
>Poulenc, Francis : Cinq poemes de Paul Eluard, for voice & piano, FP 77
>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons villageoises, song cycle for voice & piano (reduct. of chamber work), FP 117
>Poulenc, Francis : Une chanson de porcelaine, for voice & piano, FP 169
>Poulenc, Francis : Fancy ("Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred"), song for voice & piano, FP 174
>Poulenc, Francis : La dame de Monte Carlo, monologue lyrique for soprano & orchestra, FP 180
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composing over 150 works for piano and voice over a period of 44 years, the songs of Francis Poulenc remain consistently popular to concert audiences the world over. Varying in their individual style and character in a way that defies generalization, Poulenc set music to a wide range of different French poetry - both ancient and modern, and from the serious to the surreal. This is the fourth release in our series that will encompass the complete songs of Francis Poulenc, performed by some of the greatest singers of the day and accompanied by the exceptional Malcolm Martineau.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2014
The programme has been thoughtfully chosen here to provide...contrasts between the perky Poulenc and the one who could cosset himself in his luxuriantly purple harmonies. The range of voices and the different vocal timbres have likewise been shrewdly deployed.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The performances are up to the high standard set in the earlier volumes by Martineau and his well-chosen group of singers. This time Polish soprano Magdalena Molendowska joins the team for a fine performance of the Polish songs. Dutch baritone Oliemans sings the animal songs and the six village songs, Fox sings the Jacob songs, and Ainsley sings the Eluard songs. Their feeling for the texts plus their finely honed gifts of tonal production and dynamic control allow these songs to glow. If you're looking for a good sampling of songs from Poulenc's whole life, these 41 songs will prove entirely satisfying.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: England.



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Le bestiaire (Cortège d'Orphée), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber ensemble), FP 15a
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Thomas Oliemans (Baritone)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Poulenc, Francis : Songs for Le bestiaire (unpublished), for voice & piano, FP 15b
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Thomas Oliemans (Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (06/01/2011-06/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Poulenc, Francis : La puce, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Thomas Oliemans (Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (06/01/2011-06/03/2011)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Poulenc, Francis : Songs for Le bestiaire (unpublished), for voice & piano, FP 15b
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Thomas Oliemans (Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (06/01/2011-06/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Poulenc, Francis : Poèmes de Pierre Ronsard (5), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 38
  • Performers: William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (06/05/2012-06/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Poulenc, Francis : Cinq poèmes de Max Jacob, for voice & piano, FP 59
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Sarah Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1931

>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons polonaises (8), song cycle for voice & piano, FP 69
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Magdalena Molendowska
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (06/05/2012-06/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Poulenc, Francis : Cinq poèmes de Paul Éluard, for voice & piano, FP 77
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1935

>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons villageoises, song cycle for voice & piano (reduct. of chamber work), FP 117
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Thomas Oliemans (Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (06/01/2011-06/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Poulenc, Francis : Une chanson de porcelaine, for voice & piano, FP 169
  • Performers: William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (06/05/2012-06/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1958

>Poulenc, Francis : Fancy ("Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred"), song for voice & piano, FP 174
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : La dame de Monte Carlo, monologue lyrique for soprano & orchestra, FP 180
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Sarah Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961