'On the fringe of religious music' packed with differing textures: unstoppable energy, quasi jollity, shimmering showers of notes but including heart-stopping Poulenc
"Wanda Landowska" is a telephone conversation between Landowska, who is waiting impatiently for her new concerto, and Poulenc
, who is in no hurry to finish it.
Preeminent, however, is the theme of artistic interchange: "Both literature and painting served Poulenc
not merely as a source of comparison but also as a source of inspiration.
Slightly too hectic a tempo was set for the opening of the Poulenc
, bustling just a little too fast, though we had time to relish eloquent tone from the sisters' thumbs, and to admire the glacial harmonics from Eduardo Vassallo's cello.
I had listened to him sing on recordings many times, often accompanied by Poulenc
and Milhaud are a barometer, the number of recordings could probably be augmented by reference to "the largest reservoir of her recorded legacy [that] lies within the untapped archives of the Institut National d'Audiovisuel" (p.
On January 30, the quintessentially Parisienne Labeque Sisters play Poulenc
's irresistible Concerto for Two Pianos, its homage to Mozart reflected by the inclusion of that composer's own wonderful double piano concerto in this CBSO programme conducted by Nicholas McGegan, and beginning with a rare hearing of Poulenc
's Suite Francaise.
The next screening for this year will be broadcast on Saturday at 7pm, with the rare showing of Poulenc
's post-war opera (1957).
The product of a January 2013 conference undertaken to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the composer's death, this volume provides an overview of recent Poulenc
scholarship and glimpses into areas for future research.
His weighty, ponderous, often overly-loud reading failed to bring the internal contrasts, colours and atmospheres of Poulenc
s fabulous score to life.
And on Wednesday, March 11, clarinetist Sarah Hall and pianist Philip Sharp will team up at Redcar's Tuned In complex on Majuba Road, again at 1.30pm, to perform works by Arnold Bax, Burgmuller, Rachmaninov and Poulenc
. Tickets are PS5 from reception, or at the door.
Composer Portraits: Francis Poulenc
: His Life & Work with Authoritative Text and Selected Music; Composer Portraits: Lennox Berkeley: His Life & Work with Authoritative Text and Selected Music; Composer Portraits: Igor Stravinsky: His Life & Work with Authoritative Text and Selected Music; Composer Portraits: Richard Rodney Bennett: His Life & Work with Authoritative Text and Selected Music, Composer Portraits: Manuel de Falla: His Life & Work with Authoritative Text and Selected Music, and Composer Portraits: Witold Lutoslawski: His Life & Work with Authoritative Text and Selected Music, edited by Sam Lung.