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The Complete Songs of Poulenc, Vol. 3 / Amanda Roocroft, soprano. Fiona Janes, mezzo, John Mark Ainsley, tenor, Neal Davies, baritone

Audio Samples

>Poulenc, Francis : Airs chantes, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 46
>Poulenc, Francis : Colloque, for soprano, baritone & piano, FP 108
>Poulenc, Francis : Les bijoux aux poitrines, mazurka for voice & piano (Mouvements du coeur), FP 145
>Poulenc, Francis : La grenouillere ("Au bord de l'ile on voit"), song for voice & piano, FP 96
>Poulenc, Francis : Montparnasse
>Poulenc, Francis : Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2
>Poulenc, Francis : Deux melodies sur des poemes de Guillaume Apollinaire, for voice & piano, FP 131
>Poulenc, Francis : Le portrait ("Belle, mechante, menteuse, injuste"), song for voice & piano, FP 92
>Poulenc, Francis : Miroirs brûlants
>Poulenc, Francis : ...mais mourir ("Mains agitees aux grimaces nourees"), song for voice & piano, FP 137
>Poulenc, Francis : Main dominée par le coeur
>Poulenc, Francis : La fraicheur et le feu, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 147
>Poulenc, Francis : Calligrammes, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 140
>Poulenc, Francis : La souris ("Belles journees, souris du temps"), song for voice & piano (Deux melodies 1956), FP 162/
>Poulenc, Francis : Monsieur Sans Souci, song for voice & piano (4 chansons pour enfants), FP 75/4
>Poulenc, Francis : Nous voulons une petite sour, song for voice & piano (4 chansons pour enfants), FP 75/2

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Airs chantes, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 46
>Poulenc, Francis : Colloque, for soprano, baritone & piano, FP 108
>Poulenc, Francis : Les bijoux aux poitrines, mazurka for voice & piano (Mouvements du coeur), FP 145
>Poulenc, Francis : La grenouillere ("Au bord de l'ile on voit"), song for voice & piano, FP 96
>Poulenc, Francis : Montparnasse
>Poulenc, Francis : Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2
>Poulenc, Francis : Deux melodies sur des poemes de Guillaume Apollinaire, for voice & piano, FP 131
>Poulenc, Francis : Le portrait ("Belle, mechante, menteuse, injuste"), song for voice & piano, FP 92
>Poulenc, Francis : Miroirs brûlants
>Poulenc, Francis : ...mais mourir ("Mains agitees aux grimaces nourees"), song for voice & piano, FP 137
>Poulenc, Francis : Main dominée par le coeur
>Poulenc, Francis : La fraicheur et le feu, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 147
>Poulenc, Francis : Calligrammes, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 140
>Poulenc, Francis : La souris ("Belles journees, souris du temps"), song for voice & piano (Deux melodies 1956), FP 162/
>Poulenc, Francis : Monsieur Sans Souci, song for voice & piano (4 chansons pour enfants), FP 75/4
>Poulenc, Francis : Nous voulons une petite sour, song for voice & piano (4 chansons pour enfants), FP 75/2
Performers Conductor Ensemble 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 third release in our series that will build to encompass the complete songs of Francis Poulenc - performed by some of the greatest singers of the day and accompanied by the exceptional Malcolm Martineau.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2012
Martineau's apparently limitless wisdom about the musicians, the music, and indeed the piano continues at full stretch. The uneasy postlude to 'Voyage', frmo Calligrammes, makes for one of his most breathtaking moments, but the level of intensity is there at all levels.

International Record Review, February 2012
Sarah Fox opens this third volume in Signum's comprehensive series of Poulenc's songs with a bright, tidy and stylish performance of Airs chantes...The contribution throughout this disc from Martineau is outstanding: his voicing of Poulenc's pulsating chords is just one of the features of his playing that makes for absorbing listening. The recording captures both voices and piano with a natural-sounding warmth and clarity.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2012
Any slight piano dominance comes from the sheer character of Martineau's playing. This is immediately effective in the opening group of four Airs chantes, sung with engaging character and immediacy by Sarah Fox...With eight outstanding singers and the pianist all on top torm, this is the most attractively inviting of these Poulenc anthologies so far issued.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-).



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Airs chantés, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 46
  • Performers: Sarah Vocal] (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927-1928

>Poulenc, Francis : Colloque, for soprano, baritone & piano, FP 108
  • Performers: Lorna Anderson (Soprano); 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: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Poulenc, Francis : Les bijoux aux poitrines, mazurka for voice & piano (Mouvements du coeur), FP 145
  • 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: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Poulenc, Francis : La grenouillère ("Au bord de l'île on voit"), song for voice & piano, FP 96
  • Performers: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1938

>Poulenc, Francis : Montparnasse
  • Performers: Thomas Oliemans (Baritone); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1941-1945

>Poulenc, Francis : Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2
  • Performers: Thomas Oliemans (Baritone); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Poulenc, Francis : Deux mélodies sur des poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire, for voice & piano, FP 131
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Robert Murray (Tenor)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Poulenc, Francis : Le portrait ("Belle, méchante, menteuse, injuste"), song for voice & piano, FP 92
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); John Ainsley (Tenor)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Poulenc, Francis : Miroirs brûlants
  • 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: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938-1939

>Poulenc, Francis : ...mais mourir ("Mains agitées aux grimaces nourées"), song for voice & piano, FP 137
  • 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: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Poulenc, Francis : Main dominée par le coeur
  • Performers: Thomas Oliemans (Baritone); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Poulenc, Francis : La fraîcheur et le feu, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 147
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); John Ainsley (Tenor)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Poulenc, Francis : Calligrammes, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 140
  • Performers: Thomas Oliemans (Baritone); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Poulenc, Francis : La souris ("Belles journées, souris du temps"), song for voice & piano (Deux mélodies 1956), FP 162/
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Lisa Milne (Soprano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Poulenc, Francis : Monsieur Sans Souci, song for voice & piano (4 chansons pour enfants), FP 75/4
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Poulenc, Francis : Nous voulons une petite sour, song for voice & piano (4 chansons pour enfants), FP 75/2
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Lorna Anderson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (2010-02-14_2010-02-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934