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Francis Poulenc

Swedish Radio Choir / Peter Dijkstra

Figure Humaine

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  • Type SACD
  • Label Channel Classics
  • UPC 0723385314110
  • Catalog number CCS 31411
  • Release date 27 July 2011

About the album

To issue a CD of Poulenc's most important choral work is to make a huge statement, and to take something of a risk. Why does one do it? Aren't there enough recordings already? 

Having said that, in my case it's simply dire necessity. This work is so beautiful, so impressive, and so important to the canon of twentieth-century choral music, that I cannot resist having a say of my own. I do believe that Poulenc´s 12-part Figure humaine is the most beautiful and impressive a cappella choral work that I know. The poet Eluard and composer Poulenc formed a perfect match. Eluard's poignant and sinister surrealistic texts are very moving, and their wonderfully expressive language depicts the horrors of the Second World War. It is without doubt a harrowing work, with a pièce de résistance to end: the eighth and final movement Liberté. In the most beautiful words, it expresses the omnipresent urge for liberty. Poulenc's setting is simply wonderful, with a gigantic buildup to the concluding, ultimate cry of LIBERTÉ!

It is a great joy to perform this sort of music with my Swedish Radio Choir. The ensemble is a very strong group, and most eager to stretch its boundaries. The strength of the group is not merely the sum of its individual qualities. At the moment when these qualities merge into one, the group develops still further, and the ensemble attains a higher elevation. However important blending of the sound may be, it may not be at the expense of individual colour and personality. Choirs are frequently recorded from a considerable distance, perhaps to improve the blend. I often find the resulting sound to be distant, and detrimental to the clarity of the text. The recording technique of Channel Classics seeks to establish a synthesis, combining directness and clarity with spatial effect. This is exactly my own approach to choral timbre: the choir must achieve the greatest unity and blend, but also allow space for individual colour. It is at such moments that the listener feels personally involved, and the music gains a human aspect. I am convinced that this is the sound Poulenc had in mind when he wrote Figure humaine. 

Peter Dijkstra

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    1
    Mass in G Major Kyrie
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    03:56
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    2
    Mass in G Major Gloria
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    04:04
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    3
    Mass in G Major Sanctus
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:35
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    4
    Mass in G Majorr Benedictus
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    03:54
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    5
    Mass in G Major Agnus Dei
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    05:17
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    6
    Sept Chansons I. La Blanche Neige
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:13
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    7
    Sept Chansons II. Peine Défigurée
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:48
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    8
    Sept Chansons III. Par une Nuit Nouvelle
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:32
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    9
    Sept Chansons IV. Tous les Droits
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:54
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    10
    Sept Chansons V. Belle et Ressemblante
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:24
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    Sept Chansons VI. Marie
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:22
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    12
    Sept Chansons VII. Luire
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:14
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    13
    Un Soir de Neige I. De Grandes Cuillers de Neige...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:29
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    14
    Un Soir de Neige II. La Bonne Neige...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:32
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    15
    Un Soir de Neige III. Bois Meurtri...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:33
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    Un Soir de Neige IV. La Nuit la Froid la Solitude...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:18
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    Figure Humaine I. De Tous les Printemps du Monde...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    03:16
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    Figure Humaine II. En Chantant les Servantes s'Élancent
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:18
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    Figure Humaine III. Aussi bas Que le Silence...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:47
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    Figure Humaine IV. Toi Ma Patiente...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:10
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    Figure Humaine V. Riant du Ciel et des Planètes
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:05
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    Figure Humaine VI. Le Jour m'Étonne et la Nuit me Fair Peur...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    01:49
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    23
    Figure Humaine VII. La Menace Sous le Ciel Rouge...
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    02:49
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    24
    Figure Humaine VIII. Liberté
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
     
    05:17

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