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Francis Poulenc : Œuvres pour clavier & orchestre (Concerto pour 2 pianos - Suite française - Concert champêtre)

Claire Chevallier & Katerina Chrobokova (pianos) - Anima Eterna Brugge & Jos van Immerseel (clavecin & direction)

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It may not be apparent from the CD packaging or graphics visible to the online customer, but this is a historically oriented performance of these Poulenc favorites, helmed by Belgian keyboardist and conductor Jos van Immerseel. If you're wondering what that might involve for a composer of the early 20th century, the pianos are the main thing: the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in D minor is played on a pair of Erard pianos from 1896 and 1905. These have a lighter tone than a Steinway grand, and they seem to fit together in the concerto's passagework in a more agile way, at least as executed by Claire Chevallier and van Immerseel himself. The chamber orchestra Anima Eterna Brugge also here includes instruments, mostly winds, that are subtly different from their modern versions. The result is a set of transparent but rhythmically rather plain performances that certainly stand out from the common run of Poulenc recordings. Perhaps the modern instruments are missed most in the two-piano concerto, where the music seems to lack rhythmic energy. The highlight may be the comparatively uncommon Suite française of 1935, an extreme manifestation of the neo-Renaissance trend in inter-war French music. The piece has a certain Renaissance faire quality, but it's executed with flair here, and the slightly antique instruments emphasize its exotic quality. Also appealing is the Concert champêtre for harpsichord and orchestra. Curiously, van Immerseel chooses to give soloist Katerina Chroboková a copy of an 18th-century French harpsichord rather than the modern Pleyel harpsichord for which the work was expressly composed and which was played by its champion, Wanda Landowska. His reasoning on this, spelled out in the booklet, is not entirely convincing, but the musical results work well simply because one of the key sources of the work's charm, the unlikely balances between the harpsichord and the large, brass-heavy orchestra, comes through effectively here. With excellent acoustics, this is a recording that is well worth hearing for Poulenc fans and will stir conversation among them.
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Francis Poulenc : Œuvres pour clavier & orchestre (Concerto pour 2 pianos - Suite française - Concert champêtre)

Jos Van Immerseel

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Concerto pour 2 pianos et orchestre en Ré Mineur (Francis Poulenc)

1
FP 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Anima Eterna
00:08:22

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Claire Chevallier, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

2
FP 61: II. Larghetto
Anima Eterna
00:05:56

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Claire Chevallier, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

3
FP 61: III. Finale (Allegro molto)
Anima Eterna
00:06:19

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Claire Chevallier, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

Suite francaise (Francis Poulenc)

4
d'après Claude Gervaise, FP 80a: I. Bransle de Bourgogne
Anima Eterna
00:01:28

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

5
d'après Claude Gervaise, FP 80a: II. Pavane
Anima Eterna
00:02:17

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

6
d'après Claude Gervaise, FP 80a: III. Petite marche militaire
Anima Eterna
00:01:03

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

7
d'après Claude Gervaise, FP 80a: IV. Complainte
Anima Eterna
00:01:29

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

8
d'après Claude Gervaise, FP 80a: V. Bransle de Champagne
Anima Eterna
00:01:36

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

9
d'après Claude Gervaise, FP 80a: VI. Sicilienne
Anima Eterna
00:02:00

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

10
d'après Claude Gervaise, FP 80a: VII. Carillon
Anima Eterna
00:01:46

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

Concert Champêtre, pour piano & orchestre (Francis Poulenc)

11
Concert champêtre, FP 49: I. Allegro molto
Anima Eterna
00:10:41

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Katerina Chroboková, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

12
Concert champêtre, FP 49: II. Andante
Anima Eterna
00:06:44

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Katerina Chroboková, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

13
Concert champêtre, FP 49: III. Finale
Anima Eterna
00:08:34

Anima Eterna Brugge, Performer - Jos Van Immerseel, Performer - Katerina Chroboková, Performer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

2011 Zig-Zag Territoires 2008 Anima Eterna

Album Description

It may not be apparent from the CD packaging or graphics visible to the online customer, but this is a historically oriented performance of these Poulenc favorites, helmed by Belgian keyboardist and conductor Jos van Immerseel. If you're wondering what that might involve for a composer of the early 20th century, the pianos are the main thing: the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in D minor is played on a pair of Erard pianos from 1896 and 1905. These have a lighter tone than a Steinway grand, and they seem to fit together in the concerto's passagework in a more agile way, at least as executed by Claire Chevallier and van Immerseel himself. The chamber orchestra Anima Eterna Brugge also here includes instruments, mostly winds, that are subtly different from their modern versions. The result is a set of transparent but rhythmically rather plain performances that certainly stand out from the common run of Poulenc recordings. Perhaps the modern instruments are missed most in the two-piano concerto, where the music seems to lack rhythmic energy. The highlight may be the comparatively uncommon Suite française of 1935, an extreme manifestation of the neo-Renaissance trend in inter-war French music. The piece has a certain Renaissance faire quality, but it's executed with flair here, and the slightly antique instruments emphasize its exotic quality. Also appealing is the Concert champêtre for harpsichord and orchestra. Curiously, van Immerseel chooses to give soloist Katerina Chroboková a copy of an 18th-century French harpsichord rather than the modern Pleyel harpsichord for which the work was expressly composed and which was played by its champion, Wanda Landowska. His reasoning on this, spelled out in the booklet, is not entirely convincing, but the musical results work well simply because one of the key sources of the work's charm, the unlikely balances between the harpsichord and the large, brass-heavy orchestra, comes through effectively here. With excellent acoustics, this is a recording that is well worth hearing for Poulenc fans and will stir conversation among them.
© TiVo

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