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Poulenc: 15 Improvisations; 3 Novelettes; Sonata for Four Hands; L'embarquement pour Cythère; Piano Concerto for Two Pianos / Lucille Chung, piano. Alessia Bax, piano

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisation for Piano no 15 in C minor, FP 176 "Hommage à Edith Piaf"
>Poulenc, Francis : Novelettes (3) for piano, FP 47 & 173
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for piano, 4 hands, FP 8
>Poulenc, Francis : L'embarquement pour Cythère, valse-musette for 2 pianos (from film, Le voyage en Amérique), FP 150
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
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Notes & Reviews:

Canadian pianist Lucille Chung is admired for her "stylish and refined performances." (Gramophone Magazine) She first appears as a soloist on this release with Poulenc's Improvisations, Novelettes and L'embarquement pour Cythere, before being joined by her duo partner and husband, Alessio Bax. Poulenc was not only an incredible composer, but also a virtuosic pianist. His style is characterized by color and clarity, and he is considered by many to be the finest French song composer since Faure.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
Chung is a startlingly original pianist whose solo work, apart from discs of Scriabin and Ligeti, we've heard too little of ... Chung captures the sense of a series of musical snapshots with the evanescent spontaneity of her playing. She is able to evoke the mercurial mood changes so characteristic of Poulenc with grace, consistently beautiful sound and an unerring sense of proportion. In succession, each seems more vivid than the last.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Saxmundham, UK (01/23/2015-01/27/2015).



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>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisation for Piano no 15 in C minor, FP 176 "Hommage à Edith Piaf"
  • Performer: Lucille Chung (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Saxmundham, UK (01/23/2015-01/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Novelettes (3) for piano, FP 47 & 173
  • Performer: Lucille Chung (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Saxmundham, UK (01/23/2015-01/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927-1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for piano, 4 hands, FP 8
  • Performers: Alessio Bax (Piano); Lucille Chung (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Saxmundham, UK (01/23/2015-01/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Poulenc, Francis : L'embarquement pour Cythère, valse-musette for 2 pianos (from film, Le voyage en Amérique), FP 150
  • Performers: Alessio Bax (Piano); Lucille Chung (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Saxmundham, UK (01/23/2015-01/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1951

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
  • Performers: Alessio Bax (Piano); Lucille Chung (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Saxmundham, UK (01/23/2015-01/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932