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Wydawnictwo: Chandos
Nr katalogowy: CHAN 10875
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: październik 2015
EAN: 95115187524
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Epoka muzyczna: 20 wiek do 1960
Obszar (język): francuski
Instrumenty: fortepian
Rodzaj: koncert, sonata

Poulenc: Piano Concertos, Aubade, and Other Works

Chandos - CHAN 10875
Louis Lortie, piano
Hélene Mercier
BBC Philharmonic / Edward Gardner
Nagrody i rekomendacje
Fono Forum 5 Classica 4 MusicWeb Recording of the Month ICMA Award Nomination Diapason 5
Piano Concerto*‡
Concerto for Two Pianos*†‡
Sonata for Piano Four Hands*†
L’Embarquement pour Cythere*†
After a successful cycle of Chopin works for solo piano, exclusive Chandos artist Louis Lortie plays here works by Poulenc with his duet partner Hélene Mercier. In Aubade and the two concertos they are joined by Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic.

The French-Canadian pianists draw a persuasive portrait of the melancholic Parisian that Poulenc was: playful and depressed, like his tutor, Erik Satie. There is always a sense of palpable anxiety in these pieces, be it the sarcastic joie de vivre of the ‘choreographic concerto’ Aubade or the ironic melancholy of the explosive Concerto for Two Pianos – Mozartean and Stravinskyan at the same time. Further examples are the contrasting pair of works for two pianos, in which the evocation of the sound of accordion and smell of fried potatoes in L’Embarquement pour Cythere complement the Élégie which, as Poulenc indicated, should be played with ‘a cigar in your mouth and a glass of cognac on the piano’.

Similarly, the dazzling and dissonant Sonata for Piano Duet alternates between passages of charme and others that are féroce and strident. ‘Inventing his own folk tunes’, as Ravel noted, Poulenc took a decisive step in his musical emancipation with this very ‘dissident’ work.

Louis Lortie also plays the Piano Concerto, in which the traditional concerto virtues are more obvious: memorable tunes, sparkling orchestration, and a wide range of textures in the piano part.

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