Francis Poulenc

Graham Johnson / Sixteen Singers

The Complete Songs

€ 67.95
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  • Type CD
  • Label Hyperion
  • UPC 0034571280219
  • Catalog number CDA 68021
  • Release date 01 November 13

About the album

'There are some outstanding performances: Christopher Maltman's account of Miroirs Brulants and La Fraicheur et le Feu (both based on Eluard), and the Calligrammes (on Apollinaire's texts) are worth the price on their own, while Sarah Fox is just as persuasive in Les Chemins de l'Amour as she is in Tel Jour, Telle Nuit. There are telling contributions, too, from Ailish Tynan, Susan Bickley and Ben Johnson, and a brief appearance in the Quatre Chansons pour Enfants by the English grande dame of French song Felicity Lott. Touchingly, one work also features the voice of baritone Pierre Bernac, Poulenc's recital partner, for whom many of the songs were composed; he's the narrator in a 1977 recording of L'Histoire de Babar and the whole set is dedicated to his memory. It's a gorgeous collection, and for sometime Poulenc sceptics like me, a real revelation' (The Guardian)

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