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Poulenc: Ballet Suites to Les Biches; Les Animaux Modeles; Aubade, et al. ; Jean-Pierre Armengaud, piano

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  1. Poulenc — Les animaux modèles, FP 111: I. Le petit jour. Très calme - $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Poulenc — Les animaux modèles, FP 111: III. La cigale et la fourmi. Très allant - $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Poulenc — Les animaux modèles, FP 111: IV. Le lion amoureux. Passionnément animé $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Poulenc — Les animaux modèles, FP 111: VI. La mort et le bûcheron. Très lent $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Poulenc — Les animaux modèles, FP 111: VII. Les deux coqs. Très modere - $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Poulenc — Les animaux modèles, FP 111: VIII. Le repas de midi $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Poulenc — Les biches, FP 36: I. Ouverture $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Poulenc — Les biches, FP 36: II. Rondeau $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Poulenc — Les biches, FP 36: III. Adagietto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Poulenc — Les biches, FP 36: IV. Rag-Mazurka $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Poulenc — Les biches, FP 36: V. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Poulenc — Les biches, FP 36: VI. Final $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Poulenc — Aubade, FP 51: I. Toccata. Lento e pesante cadence - Molto animato $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Poulenc — Aubade, FP 51: II. Récitatif. Les compagnes de Diane. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Poulenc — Aubade, FP 51: III. Rondeau. Diane et ses compagnes. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Poulenc — Aubade, FP 51: V. Récitatif. Introduction à la Variation de Diane. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Poulenc — Aubade, FP 51: VI. Variation de Diane. Andante con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Poulenc — Aubade, FP 51: VII. Désespoir de Diane. Allegro feroce $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Poulenc — Aubade, FP 51: VIII. Conclusion. Adieux et départ de Diane. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Les animaux modèles, ballet, FP 111
>Poulenc, Francis : Les biches, suite for orchestra (from the ballet), FP 36
>Poulenc, Francis : Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments
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Notes & Reviews:

This program brings together première recordings of Francis Poulenc's own piano versions of his 'ballet of atmosphere' Les Biches and 'choreographic concerto' Aubade, as well as the first digital recording of the suite from Les Animaux modèles, inspired by the fables of La Fontaine and compiled by Grant Johannesen with the composer's agreement. 'Piano scores' are an essential part of rehearsing and choreographing any ballet, but the piano was also indispensable to Poulenc's compositional process. He owed his love of classical dance to years of working closely with Dyaghilev, and his music brims with subtlety, humor, genuine emotion, piquant harmonies and rhythmic lightness.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Armengaud's Debussy recordings were praised with some reservations over a decade ago (Arts 47576, 47577, 47578: July/Aug 2001, Nov/Dec 2001, May/June 2004) and more recently I was pleased with his Debussy duets (Naxos 572979, Sept/Oct 2013). I find his touch and approach perfect for Poulenc. There is much delightful music here. I have enjoyed and performed some of Poulenc's songs and chamber music, and any one of these three pieces would be a welcome large work on a piano recital. Beautiful chordal sections and engaging melodies. I imagine the music here is very effective with the pageant of the stage and skilled dancers. The piano sound is good and the booklet essay quite detailed. I can offer praise for Armengaud's pianism and can't imagine a better performance of this music. This is definitely for people who enjoy French piano music outside of the mainstream repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 4'33 Pierre Malbos, Ivry sur Seine.



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>Poulenc, Francis : Les animaux modèles, ballet, FP 111
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 4'33 Pierre Malbos, Ivry sur Seine (2013-04-11_2013-04-13&2013-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1942

>Poulenc, Francis : Les biches, suite for orchestra (from the ballet), FP 36
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 4'33 Pierre Malbos, Ivry sur Seine (2013-03-28_2013-03-29&2013-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1940

>Poulenc, Francis : Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 4'33 Pierre Malbos, Ivry sur Seine (02/21/2013-02/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929