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Mark Bebbington|Francis Poulenc: Piano Concerto & Concert Champêtre

Francis Poulenc: Piano Concerto & Concert Champêtre

Mark Bebbington, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Jan Latham-Koenig

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This enjoyable Poulenc release from pianist Mark Bebbington, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Jan Latham-Koenig, and a pair of fine wind players qualifies for the rarities category. True, the Concert Champêtre ("Pastoral Concerto") of 1928 is one of the composer's most familiar works, but what's heard here is not the usual version for harpsichord and orchestra, but one for piano and orchestra. This is certainly not beyond the pale; Poulenc himself not only played this version, he even recorded it in 1948 with the New York Philharmonic. Some listeners may miss the harpsichord, which is the work's most distinctive feature, yet Latham-Koenig and Bebbington manage the key Poulenc trick in the slow movement of delivering lyricism, but not sentimentality. The Piano Concerto of 1950 is probably the least often heard of Poulenc's concertante works. Its eclecticism, ranging from "Swanee River" to the "can-can" to the Brazilian maxixe rhythm, was taken as evidence of slapdash construction, though lately, has been sounding pleasingly eclectic, and Bebbington's ability to let the music speak for itself should help the work along. Even rarer are the Trio for piano, oboe, and bassoon and the Oboe Sonata, both of which show a somewhat more experimental version of Poulenc's basic language; oboist John Roberts is especially affecting in the sonata's unusual final "Déploration" slow movement. Enjoyable for anyone, this album is a must for Poulenc fans.
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1
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, FP 146: I. Allegretto
00:10:18

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor, MainArtist - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2020 Resonus Limited

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Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, FP 146: II. Andante con moto
00:05:11

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor, MainArtist - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2021 Resonus Limited

3
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, FP 146: III. Rondeau à la Française
00:04:06

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor, MainArtist - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2022 Resonus Limited

4
Trio for Piano, Oboe & Bassoon, FP 43: I. Presto
00:05:47

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - John Roberts, MainArtist - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer - Jonathan Davies, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2023 Resonus Limited

5
Trio for Piano, Oboe & Bassoon, FP 43: II. Andante
00:04:02

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - John Roberts, MainArtist - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer - Jonathan Davies, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2024 Resonus Limited

6
Trio for Piano, Oboe & Bassoon, FP 43: III. Rondo
00:03:39

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - John Roberts, MainArtist - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer - Jonathan Davies, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2025 Resonus Limited

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Concert champêtre, FP 49: I. Allegro molto
00:10:24

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor, MainArtist - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2026 Resonus Limited

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Concert champêtre, FP 49: II. Andante
00:06:32

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor, MainArtist - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2027 Resonus Limited

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Concert champêtre, FP 49: III. Finale
00:08:21

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor, MainArtist - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2028 Resonus Limited

10
Sonata for Oboe & Piano, FP 185: I. Élégie
00:05:39

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - John Roberts, MainArtist - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2029 Resonus Limited

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Sonata for Oboe & Piano, FP 185: II. Scherzo
00:03:50

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - John Roberts, MainArtist - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2030 Resonus Limited

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Sonata for Oboe & Piano, FP 185: III. Déploration
00:04:33

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Durand, MusicPublisher - Francis Poulenc, Composer - John Roberts, MainArtist - Jan Latham-Koenig, Conductor - Mark Bebbington, MainArtist - Adam Binks, Producer

(C) 2020 Resonus Limited (P) 2031 Resonus Limited

Album Description

This enjoyable Poulenc release from pianist Mark Bebbington, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Jan Latham-Koenig, and a pair of fine wind players qualifies for the rarities category. True, the Concert Champêtre ("Pastoral Concerto") of 1928 is one of the composer's most familiar works, but what's heard here is not the usual version for harpsichord and orchestra, but one for piano and orchestra. This is certainly not beyond the pale; Poulenc himself not only played this version, he even recorded it in 1948 with the New York Philharmonic. Some listeners may miss the harpsichord, which is the work's most distinctive feature, yet Latham-Koenig and Bebbington manage the key Poulenc trick in the slow movement of delivering lyricism, but not sentimentality. The Piano Concerto of 1950 is probably the least often heard of Poulenc's concertante works. Its eclecticism, ranging from "Swanee River" to the "can-can" to the Brazilian maxixe rhythm, was taken as evidence of slapdash construction, though lately, has been sounding pleasingly eclectic, and Bebbington's ability to let the music speak for itself should help the work along. Even rarer are the Trio for piano, oboe, and bassoon and the Oboe Sonata, both of which show a somewhat more experimental version of Poulenc's basic language; oboist John Roberts is especially affecting in the sonata's unusual final "Déploration" slow movement. Enjoyable for anyone, this album is a must for Poulenc fans.
© TiVo

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