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POULENC, F.: Ballet Suites for Piano - Les animaux modèles / Les Biches / Aubade (Armengaud)


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POULENC, F.: Ballet Suites for Piano - Les animaux modèles / Les Biches / Aubade (Armengaud)

This programme brings together première recordings of Francis Poulenc’s own piano versions of his ‘ballet of atmosphere’ Les Biches and ‘choreographic concerto’ Aubade, as well as the first digital recording of the suite from Les Animaux modèles, inspired by the fables of La Fontaine and compiled by Grant Johannesen with the composer’s agreement. ‘Piano scores’ are an essential part of rehearsing and choreographing any ballet, but the piano was also indispensable to Poulenc’s compositional process. He owed his love of classical dance to years of working closely with Dyaghilev, and his music brims with subtlety, humour, genuine emotion, piquant harmonies and rhythmic lightness.

Poulenc, Francis
Johannesen, Grant, arranger(s)

  Les animaux modeles, FP 111 (arr. G. Johannesen for piano)
1.   I. Le petit jour: Tres calme - 00:03:50
2.   II. L'ours et les deux compagnons: Tres anime - 00:01:25
3.   III. La cigale et la fourmi: Tres allant - 00:03:21
4.   IV. Le lion amoureux: Passionement anime 00:04:09
5.   V. L'homme entre deux ages et ses deux maitresses: Prestissimo 00:02:20
6.   VI. La mort et le boucheron: Tres lent 00:06:20
7.   VII. Les deux coqs: Tres modere - 00:05:41
8.   VIII. Le repas de midi 00:02:59

Poulenc, Francis

  Les Biches, FP 36 (version for piano)
9.   I. Ouverture 00:03:58
10.   II. Rondeau 00:03:38
11.   III. Adagietto 00:03:58
12.   IV. Rag - Mazurka 00:06:37
13.   V. Andantino 00:03:31
14.   VI. Final 00:03:51
  Aubade, FP 51 (version for piano)
15.   I. Toccata 00:03:08
16.   II. Recitatif: Les compagnes de Diane (Le Petit Jour) 00:01:52
17.   III. Diane et ses compagnes: Rondeau 00:03:21
18.   IV. Toilette de Diane (L'aurore): Presto 00:01:40
19.   V. Recitatif: Introduction a la variation de Diane 00:02:14
20.   VI. Variation de Diane: Andante 00:03:16
21.   VII. Desespoir de Diane (Diane jette l'arc): Allegro feroce 00:00:53
22.   VIII. Conclusion: Adieux et depart de Diane 00:05:02

Total Playing Time: 01:17:04

Poulenc, Francis

Johannesen, Grant

Armengaud, Jean-Pierre

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.573170

Barcode: 747313317073

Physical Release: 09/2014

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