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Poulenc: Piano Concertos; Aubade; Sonata for Piano 4-hands; Elegie for 2 pianos; Louis Lortie & Helene Mercier, pianists

Album Summary

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Hommage à Poulenc, for piano (after the Sarabande from J.S. Bach's Partita no 1)
>Poulenc, Francis : Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for piano, 4 hands, FP 8
>Poulenc, Francis : Élégie (en accords alternés), for 2 pianos, FP 175
>Poulenc, Francis : L'embarquement pour Cythère, valse-musette for 2 pianos (from film, Le voyage en Amérique), FP 150
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Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Louis Lortie has recorded more than 30 albums for the Chandos label and has recieved various honors, including an Edison Award for his recording of Beethoven's Eroica Variations. Now, alongside his successful series of Chopin recordings, Lortie turns to Poulenc, joined by his duet partner Hélène Mercier and the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Edward Gardner. Together they draw an affecting portrait of the brilliant Parisian composer: playful yet melancolic.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
[Lortie and Mercier] perform [the Poulenc] with great panache, also capturing the work's more reflective qualities, with Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic providing by turns zestful and sensitive accompaniment.

Sunday Times, 27th September 2015
Lortie and Mercier never leave one in doubt of their delight in, or idiomatic understanding of, Poulenc's music; their rapport is complete.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
The distinct attraction of this performance by Lortie with the BBC Philharmonic under Edward Gardner is the way in which orchestral colour, as well as piano texture, is so clearly defined and zestfully articulated... Lortie is joined by Helene Mercier for cracking performances of the Two-Piano Concerto and the Sonata for four hands, their distinctive acerbities given whiplash emphasis by both pianists... and yet with their more lyrical leanings tenderly voiced.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This has always been one of my favorite composers. I like his attitude: tongue in cheek, light-hearted, yet warm and friendly and sometimes sentimental, even sometimes profoundly religious. The EMI recordings from the 1960s and early 70s are by people who knew him well and seem to capture his personality perfectly. They are trying to be "modern" the way some recordings of Prokofieff try. Both composers were romantics as well as moderns! Everything is fast and blast (yes, quite often "in your face"). The Aubade sounds like an alarm clock. But I was glad to hear the five-minute 'Elegy' for two pianos.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MediaCityUK, Salford (04/27/2015-04/30/2015).



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>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Hommage à Poulenc, for piano (after the Sarabande from J.S. Bach's Partita no 1)
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: MediaCityUK, Salford (04/27/2015-04/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Poulenc, Francis : Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: MediaCityUK, Salford (04/27/2015-04/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
  • Performers: Louis Lortie (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: MediaCityUK, Salford (04/27/2015-04/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for piano, 4 hands, FP 8
  • Performers: Louis Lortie (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Notes: MediaCityUK, Salford (04/27/2015-04/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Poulenc, Francis : Élégie (en accords alternés), for 2 pianos, FP 175
  • Performers: Louis Lortie (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Notes: MediaCityUK, Salford (04/27/2015-04/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : L'embarquement pour Cythère, valse-musette for 2 pianos (from film, Le voyage en Amérique), FP 150
  • Performers: Louis Lortie (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Notes: MediaCityUK, Salford (04/27/2015-04/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1951