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Album-Release:
2013

HRA-Release:
05.01.2017

Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Le bestiaire, FP 15 (version for voice and piano)
  • 1No. 1. Le dromadaire01:27
  • 2No. 2. Le chevre du Thibet00:42
  • 3No. 3. La sauterelle00:29
  • 4No. 4. Le dauphin00:28
  • 5No. 5. L'ecrevisse00:47
  • 6No. 6. La carpe01:41
  • 7Songs for Le bestiaire, FP 15b: No. 1. Le serpent00:31
  • 8La puce00:56
  • 9Songs for Le bestiaire, FP 15b: No. 2. La colombe00:52
  • Poemes de Ronsard, FP 38
  • 10No. 1. Attributs01:22
  • 11No. 2. Le tombeau02:47
  • 12No. 3. Ballet02:12
  • 13No. 4. Je n'ai plus que les os03:26
  • 14No. 5. A son page01:36
  • 5 Poemes de Max Jacob, FP 59
  • 15No. 1. Chanson bretonne00:45
  • 16No. 2. Cimetiere02:30
  • 17No. 3. La petite servante02:07
  • 18No. 4. Berceuse01:19
  • 19No. 5. Souric et Mouric01:51
  • 8 Chansons polonaises, FP 69
  • 20No. 1. La couronne (Wianek)02:03
  • 21No. 2. Le depart (Odjazd)01:03
  • 22No. 3. Les gars polonais (Polska mlodziez)00:57
  • 23No. 4. Le dernier mazour (Ostatni mazur)01:59
  • 24No. 5. L'adieu (Pozegnanie)01:37
  • 25No. 6. Le drapeau blanc (Biala choragiewka)00:44
  • 26No. 7. La vistule (Wisla)01:46
  • 27No. 8. Le lac (Jezioro)02:15
  • 5 Poemes de Paul Eluard, FP 77
  • 28No. 1. Peut-il se reposer?02:06
  • 29No. 2. Il la prend dans ses bras00:54
  • 30No. 3. Plume d'eau claire00:41
  • 31No. 4. Rodeuse au front de verre01:53
  • 32No. 5. Amoureuses01:15
  • Chansons villageoises, FP 117
  • 33No. 1. Chanson du clair tamis00:55
  • 34No. 2. Les gars qui vont a la fete01:31
  • 35No. 3. C'est le joli printemps02:43
  • 36No. 4. Le mendiant03:38
  • 37No. 5. Chanson de la fille frivole00:51
  • 38No. 6. Le retour du sergent01:54
  • Francis Poulenc
  • 39Une chanson de porcelaine, FP 16901:31
  • 40Fancy, FP 17401:55
  • 41La dame de Monte Carlo, FP 18007:23
  • Total Runtime01:09:22

Info for The Complete Songs of Poulenc Vol. 4



Composing over 150 works for piano and voice over a period of 44 years, the songs of Francis Poulenc remain consistently popular to concert audiences the world over. Varying in their individual style and character in a way that defies generalization, Poulenc set music to a wide range of different French poetry – both ancient and modern, and from the serious to the surreal. This is the fourth release in our series that will build to encompass the complete songs of Francis Poulenc – performed by some of the greatest singers of the day and accompanied by the exceptional Malcolm Martineau.

The performances are up to the high standard set in the earlier volumes by Martineau and his well-chosen group of singers. This time Polish soprano Magdalena Molendowska joins the team for a fine performance of the Polish songs, the group of songs written not only in homage to Chopin but almost sounding as though they could have been written by Chopin. Duth baritone Oliemans sings the animal songs and the six village songs, Fox sings the Jacob songs, and ainsley sings the Eluard songs. Their feeling for the texts plus their finely honed gifts of tonal production and dynamic control allow these songs to glow. If you’re looking for a good sampling of songs from Pouenc’s whole life, hese 41 songs will prove enirely satisfying.“ (Robert A Moore, American Record Guide)

Anybody who is already collecting this series will not need any recommendation from me, but this is a really interesting release, including, as it does a number of rarely heard works, all of them in stylish and persuasive performances. The sound is good throughout. This is surely an essential purchase for serious Poulenc collectors. (Nigel Simeone, International Record Review)

John Mark Ainsley, tenor
William Dazeley, baritone
Sarah Fox, soprano
Magdalena Molendowska, soprano
Ann Murray, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Oliemans, baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano



Ann Murray
Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray made her Royal Opera debut in 1976 as Siébel (Faust). She has performed regularly for The Royal Opera ever since, in roles including Ascanius (The Trojans at Carthage), Child (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Idamante (Idomeneo), Sifare (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Ruggiero (Alcina), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Amaltea (Mosè in Egitto), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), the title role of Giulio Cesare, Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), Marquise de Berkenfield (La Fille du régiment) and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro).

Murray trained at the Royal Manchester College of Music and made her professional debut in 1974 as the title role in Gluck’s Alceste. She has sung for many of the world’s leading opera houses, and has particularly strong associations with The Royal Opera, English National Opera and Bavarian State Opera. Other companies with which she has sung include Paris Opéra, Zürich Opera, Berlin State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Her repertory has included Handel heroes such as Ariodante, Rinaldo and Serse, and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Maria Stuarda, Charlotte (Werther) and Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw).

Murray has performed widely in concert and recital (including at the First and Last Nights of the BBC Proms), and made many acclaimed recordings. She is an Honorary Doctor of Music at the National University of Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera and a Dame of the British Empire.

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