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Poulenc : Piano Concertos & Aubade, FP 51

Hélène Mercier - Louis Lortie

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The Montreal-born pianist Louis Lortie has emerged as one of the world's top specialists in French music of the first half of the 20th century. He is capable of great subtlety, but he does not give short shrift to the pure melodic pleasures and the popular and jazz influences that are integral to the tradition. This Poulenc album is a delight, and it might be the only one you need for Poulenc's music for piano and ensemble. The Piano Concerto of 1949 is not one of Poulenc's more famous works, but the performance here by Lortie and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner is masterful, with intricate weaving of piano and orchestra balanced by melodic straightforwardness, including an intriguing quotation of "Way Down Upon the Swanee River" in a kind of Latinized version in the finale. The first movement seems to have a wash of piano sound, emerging seamlessly into melody. The more familiar Concerto for two pianos and orchestra receives a vigorous performance, with Hélène Mercier on the second piano extremely well-coordinated with Lortie, and there are several crystalline smaller pieces including Aubade, a neoclassic suite for piano and an ensemble of 18 instruments. Chandos' studio sound here is absolutely superb, and this is destined to be a cornerstone Poulenc release. It's a joy from start to finish.
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Piano Concerto, FP 146 (Francis Poulenc)

1
I. Allegretto
00:10:06

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

2
II. Andante con moto
00:05:59

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

3
III. Rondo a la francaise (Presto Giocoso)
00:04:03

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Aubade, FP 51 (Francis Poulenc)

4
Toccata: Lento e pesante - Molto animato - Animer -
00:02:35

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

5
Recitatif: Les compagnes de Diane: Larghetto - Ceder un peu -
00:01:42

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

6
Rondeau: Diane et compagnes - Entree de Diane: Più mosso - Sortie de Diane: Ceder un peu - Sans ralentir - Ceder a peine -
00:03:11

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

7
Presto: Toilette de Diane: Presto - Sans ralentir -
00:01:24

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

8
Recitatif: Introduction a la Variation de Diane: Larghetto - Librement - Presser - Ceder -
00:02:10

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

9
Andante: Variation de Diane: Andante con moto - Animer - Animer encore - Emporte - Reprendre brusquement le Tempo I - Allegro feroce: Desespoir de Diane -
00:03:33

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

10
Conclusion: Adieux et depart de Diane: Adagio - Più mosso
00:05:03

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Concerto for 2 Pianos in D Minor, FP 61 (Francis Poulenc)

11
I. Allegro ma non troppo
00:08:07

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Helene Mercier, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

12
II. Larghetto
00:05:22

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Helene Mercier, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

13
III. Finale
00:05:46

Francis Poulenc, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Helene Mercier, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Sonata for Piano 4 hands, FP 8 (Francis Poulenc)

14
I. Prelude
00:02:05

Francis Poulenc, Composer - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Helene Mercier, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

15
II. Rustique
00:01:58

Francis Poulenc, Composer - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Helene Mercier, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

16
III. Final
00:02:00

Francis Poulenc, Composer - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Helene Mercier, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Elegie for 2 Pianos, FP 175 (Francis Poulenc)

17
Elegie for 2 Pianos, FP 175
00:05:28

Francis Poulenc, Composer - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Helene Mercier, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

L'embarquement pour Cythere, FP 150 (Francis Poulenc)

18
L'embarquement pour Cythere, FP 150
00:02:03

Francis Poulenc, Composer - Louis Lortie, Artist, MainArtist - Helene Mercier, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

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The Montreal-born pianist Louis Lortie has emerged as one of the world's top specialists in French music of the first half of the 20th century. He is capable of great subtlety, but he does not give short shrift to the pure melodic pleasures and the popular and jazz influences that are integral to the tradition. This Poulenc album is a delight, and it might be the only one you need for Poulenc's music for piano and ensemble. The Piano Concerto of 1949 is not one of Poulenc's more famous works, but the performance here by Lortie and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner is masterful, with intricate weaving of piano and orchestra balanced by melodic straightforwardness, including an intriguing quotation of "Way Down Upon the Swanee River" in a kind of Latinized version in the finale. The first movement seems to have a wash of piano sound, emerging seamlessly into melody. The more familiar Concerto for two pianos and orchestra receives a vigorous performance, with Hélène Mercier on the second piano extremely well-coordinated with Lortie, and there are several crystalline smaller pieces including Aubade, a neoclassic suite for piano and an ensemble of 18 instruments. Chandos' studio sound here is absolutely superb, and this is destined to be a cornerstone Poulenc release. It's a joy from start to finish.
© TiVo

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