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Poulenc a capella choral works: Half Monk; Half Rascal / Stephen Layton

Audio Samples

>Poulenc, Francis : Sept chansons, for chorus, FP 81
>Poulenc, Francis : Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise
>Poulenc, Francis : Ave verum corpus
>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
>Poulenc, Francis : Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (4), for male chorus, FP 172
>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons francaises (8), for chorus, FP 130
>Poulenc, Francis : Chanson a boire, for male chorus, FP 31

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Sept chansons, for chorus, FP 81
>Poulenc, Francis : Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise
>Poulenc, Francis : Ave verum corpus
>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
>Poulenc, Francis : Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (4), for male chorus, FP 172
>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons francaises (8), for chorus, FP 130
>Poulenc, Francis : Chanson a boire, for male chorus, FP 31
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Stephen Layton and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble put together a program representing both Francis Poulenc's secular and sacred choral music. He was a man of contradictions, often glaring ones at that; Poulenc was a declared homosexual and devout Catholic in the first half of the twentieth century. The traditionalists called him a modernist, the modernists called him old-fashioned. His music sounded so good that many people were loath to admit him to the serious musical world of Europe. Poulenc died in 1963, and the rascal half of him was there until the end: "Even though you may think the music is in bad taste, you must play your heart out all the same. I am quite aware of what I can do. And pianists must remember that you can never use too much pedal!"

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
This is a really beautiful program beautifully recorded to optimize the articulateness of the singers and the internal balances among the voices. I can't imagine these works being performed more satisfyingly than they are here, and whether you're unfamiliar with Poulenc's vocal music or not, you owe yourself the treat of this release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Garnison's Church, Copenhagen (2008-08-25_2008-08-28&2009-).



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Sept chansons, for chorus, FP 81
  • Performer: Emil Lykke
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Danish National Vocal Ensemble
  • Notes: Garnison's Church, Copenhagen (2008-08-25_2008-08-28&2009-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1936

>Poulenc, Francis : Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise
  • Performer: Adam Riis (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Garnison's Church, Copenhagen (2008-08-25_2008-08-28&2009-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Poulenc, Francis : Ave verum corpus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Garnison's Church, Copenhagen (2008-08-25_2008-08-28&2009-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
  • Performer: Emil Lykke
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Garnison's Church, Copenhagen (2008-08-25_2008-08-28&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1944

>Poulenc, Francis : Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (4), for male chorus, FP 172
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Garnison's Church, Copenhagen (2008-08-25_2008-08-28&2009-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957-1959

>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons françaises (8), for chorus, FP 130
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Garnison's Church, Copenhagen (2008-08-25_2008-08-28&2009-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Poulenc, Francis : Chanson à boire, for male chorus, FP 31
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Garnison's Church, Copenhagen (2008-08-25_2008-08-28&2009-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1922