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Poulenc: Violin Sonata; Flute Sonata; Improvisation 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10; Sonata for Two Pianos / Kolja Lessing, violin; Henrik Wiese, flute; Eva-Maria May, piano

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for violin & piano, FP 119
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Flute and Piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisations
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for 2 pianos, FP 156
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Francis Poulenc's Violin and Flute Sonatas and his Sonata for Two Pianos are some of the most popular chamber works of the 20th c. Poulenc, whose oeuvre spanned more than four decades up until his sudden death in 1963, remained loyal to the aesthetic foundation of the "Groupe des Six". Independent of all later radical changes of style and challenges, he maintained his musical style rooted in the tradition from Baroque to Impressionism. These new recordings feature four of Germany's foremost musicians: Kolja Lessing, violin; Henrik Wiese, flute; Eva-Maria May, piano and Alexander Wienand, piano.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Lessing digs in and attacks the opening Allegro con fuoco movement of the Violin Sonata, fully supported by May. This work originated in the war years (1942-43) and was dedicated to the memory of Federico Lorca. In the beautiful Intermezzo movement I am impressed by gorgeous tone and perfect double stops from the violin and a grand romantic sweep at the climax from both artists. The final Presto tragico is mostly Poulenc's trademark busy writing, always tuneful and rhythmically engaging. The music comes to a very dramatic change about 3-1/2 minutes in and turns into a very slow and sad work for its final minute.

Wiese and Wienand capture the sophistication of the flute sonata as well as anyone, and that includes my favorite, Rampal and Veyron-Lecroix. Rampal played the premiere of this work with Poulenc at the piano in 1957. It is charming, beautiful, witty, and the epitome of the best of French flute music in the 20th Century. The purity of the flute in the high long phrases of II is just right, and the exuberance of the Presto giocoso Finale will keep this disc on my active listening stack for some time to come.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Saal, Musikhochschule Würzburg (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-); Kammermusiksaal, Steingr (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-); Rossini-Saal, Bad Kissingen (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-).



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for violin & piano, FP 119
  • Performers: Kolja Lessing (Violin); Eva-Maria May (Piano)
  • Notes: Rossini-Saal, Bad Kissingen (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1943

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Flute and Piano
  • Performers: Eva-Maria May (Piano); Henrik Wiese (Flute)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Musikhochschule Würzburg (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1957

>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisations :: no 1 in B minor
  • Performer: Eva-Maria May (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal, Steingräber, Bayreuth (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisations :: no 3 in B minor
  • Performer: Alexander Wienand (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal, Steingräber, Bayreuth (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisations :: no 5 in A minor
  • Performer: Eva-Maria May (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal, Steingräber, Bayreuth (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisations :: no 7 in C major
  • Performer: Eva-Maria May (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal, Steingräber, Bayreuth (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisations :: no 8 in A minor
  • Performer: Alexander Wienand (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal, Steingräber, Bayreuth (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisations :: no 10 in F major
  • Performer: Alexander Wienand (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal, Steingräber, Bayreuth (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for 2 pianos, FP 156
  • Performers: Eva-Maria May (Piano); Alexander Wienand (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Musikhochschule Würzburg (2014-08-??&2014-09-??&2015-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952-1953