Malcolm Martineau – The Complete Songs of Poulenc, Vol. 3 (2011) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Malcolm Martineau – The Complete Songs of Poulenc, Vol. 3 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:01:46 minutes | 538 MB | Genre: Classical
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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 third 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.

Praise for the first disc includes: “Lisa Milne performs wonderfully throughout this Poulenc disc. She really sings the French as to the Manoir born … A nicely balanced and arranged recital for all of these voices, so a promising start to this new Poulenc series.” (Hilary Finch and Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3)

“Martineau’s apparently limitless wisdom about the musicians, the music, and indeed the piano continues at full stretch. The uneasy postlude to ‘Voyage’, frmo Calligrammes, makes for one of his most breathtaking moments, but the level of intensity is there at all levels” (BBC Music Magazine)

“Sarah Fox opens this third volume in Signum’s comprehensive series of Poulenc’s songs with a bright, tidy and stylish performance of Airs chantes…The contribution throughout this disc from Martineau is outstanding: his voicing of Poulenc’s pulsating chords is just one of the features of his playing that makes for absorbing listening. The recording captures both voices and piano with a natural-sounding warmth and clarity.” (International Record Review)

“any slight piano dominance comes from the sheer character of Martineau’s playing. This is immediately effective in the opening group of four Airs chantes, sung with engaging character and immediacy by Sarah Fox…With eight outstanding singers and the pianist all on top torm, this is the most attractively inviting of these Poulenc anthologies so far issued.” (Gramophone Magazine)

Tracklist:
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
1. Sarah Fox & Malcolm Martineau – Airs chantés: i. Air romantique (01:37)
2. Sarah Fox & Malcolm Martineau – Airs chantés: ii. Air champêtre (01:20)
3. Sarah Fox & Malcolm Martineau – Airs chantés: iii. Air grave (02:37)
4. Sarah Fox & Malcolm Martineau – Airs chantés: iv. Air vif (01:08)
5. Thomas Oliemans, Lorna Anderson & Malcolm Martineau – Colloque (03:12)
6. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Mazurka (03:46)
7. Ann Murray & Malcolm Martineau – La grenouillère (02:09)
8. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Montparnasse (03:11)
9. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Hyde Park (00:55)
10. Robert Murray & Malcolm Martineau – Deux mélodies: i. Le pont (01:40)
11. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Deux mélodies: ii. Un poème (01:15)
12. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – Le portrait (01:52)
13. Sarah Fox & Malcolm Martineau – Miroirs brûlants: i. Tu vois le feu du soir (04:14)
14. Sarah Fox & Malcolm Martineau – Miroirs brûlants: ii. Je nommerai ton front (01:14)
15. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – …Mais mourir (01:39)
16. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Main dominée par le cœur (01:11)
17. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – La fraîcheur et le feu: i. Rayons des yeux (01:17)
18. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – La fraîcheur et le feu: ii. Le matin les branches attisent (00:45)
19. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – La fraîcheur et le feu: iii. Tout disparut (01:52)
20. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – La fraîcheur et le feu: iv. Dans les ténèbres du jardin (00:29)
21. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – La fraîcheur et le feu: v. Unis la fraîcheur et le feu (01:25)
22. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – La fraîcheur et le feu: vi. Homme au sourire tendre (02:07)
23. John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau – La fraîcheur et le feu: vii. La grande rivière qui va (00:52)
24. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Calligrammes: i. L’espionne (01:48)
25. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Calligrammes: ii. Mutation (00:43)
26. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Calligrammes: iii. Vers le sud (01:51)
27. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Calligrammes: iv. Il pleut (01:11)
28. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Calligrammes: v. La grâce exilée (00:39)
29. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Calligrammes: vi. Aussi bien que les cigales (01:52)
30. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau – Calligrammes: vii. Voyage (02:50)
31. Lisa Milne & Malcolm Martineau – La souris (00:54)
32. Jonathan Lemalu & Malcolm Martineau – Monsieur Sans Souci (Il fait tout lui-même) (03:04)
33. Lorna Anderson & Malcolm Martineau – Nous voulons une petite sœur (05:07)

Personnel:
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Lisa Milne, soprano
Sarah Fox, soprano
Lorna Anderson, soprano
Ann Murray, mezzo soprano
Robert Murray, tenor
Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

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