Poulenc: Piano Concertos & Aubade, FP 51

Poulenc: Piano Concertos & Aubade, FP 51

Louis Lortie

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Tracklist

  • I. Allegretto

    Louis Lortie

    10:05

  • II. Andante con moto

    Louis Lortie

    5:59

  • III. Rondo a la francaise (Presto Giocoso)

    Louis Lortie

    4:03

  • Toccata: Lento e pesante - Molto animato - Animer -

    Louis Lortie

    2:35

  • Recitatif: Les compagnes de Diane: Larghetto - Ceder un peu -

    Louis Lortie

    1:42

  • Rondeau: Diane et compagnes - Entree de Diane: Piu mosso - Sortie de Diane: Ceder un peu - Sans ralentir - Ceder a peine -

    Louis Lortie

    3:11

  • Presto: Toilette de Diane: Presto - Sans ralentir -

    Louis Lortie

    1:24

  • Recitatif: Introduction a la Variation de Diane: Larghetto - Librement - Presser - Ceder -

    Louis Lortie

    2:10

  • Andante: Variation de Diane: Andante con moto - Animer - Animer encore - Emporte - Reprendre brusquement le Tempo I - Allegro feroce: Desespoir de Diane -

    Louis Lortie

    3:33

  • Conclusion: Adieux et depart de Diane: Adagio - Piu mosso

    Louis Lortie

    5:03

  • I. Allegro ma non troppo

    Louis Lortie

    8:07

  • II. Larghetto

    Louis Lortie

    5:22

  • III. Finale

    Louis Lortie

    5:46

  • I. Prelude

    Louis Lortie

    2:05

  • II. Rustique

    Louis Lortie

    1:58

  • III. Final

    Louis Lortie

    2:00

  • Elegie for 2 Pianos, FP 175

    Louis Lortie

    5:28

  • L'embarquement pour Cythere, FP 150

    Louis Lortie

    2:01

  • Total playing time

    1:12:39

Album review

“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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Credits

    Released

    18 September 2015

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