Francis Poulenc
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1899-01-07
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It was the French critic Claude Rostand who made the classic distinction between Poulenc the monk (‘le moine’) and Poulenc the bad boy (‘le voyou’). Had he been writing when the composer was in his early thirties rather than his ...

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Francis Poulenc, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Thierry Fischer
Les Biches - suite: Rag-mazurka
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Les Biches - suite: Rag-mazurka Les Biches - suite: Rag-mazurka Les Biches - suite: Rag-mazurka Les Biches - suite: Rag-mazurka
Francis Poulenc, Catherine Dubosc, Brigitte Fournier, London Chorus, Lyon Opera Orchestra, Lyon Opera Chorus & Kent Nagano
Dialogues Des Carmelites - Tableau 4
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Dialogues Des Carmelites - Tableau 4 Dialogues Des Carmelites - Tableau 4 Dialogues Des Carmelites - Tableau 4 Dialogues Des Carmelites - Tableau 4
Francis Poulenc, Olivier Doise & Alexandre Tharaud
Sonata For Oboe And Piano
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Sonata For Oboe And Piano Sonata For Oboe And Piano Sonata For Oboe And Piano Sonata For Oboe And Piano
Francis Poulenc, Denise Duval, Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique & Georges Prêtre
La Voix Humaine - Tragedie Lyrique In 1 Act
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La Voix Humaine - Tragedie Lyrique In 1 Act La Voix Humaine - Tragedie Lyrique In 1 Act La Voix Humaine - Tragedie Lyrique In 1 Act La Voix Humaine - Tragedie Lyrique In 1 Act
Francis Poulenc, City of London Sinfonia & Richard Hickox
Sinfonietta - Finale
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Sinfonietta - Finale Sinfonietta - Finale Sinfonietta - Finale Sinfonietta - Finale
Francis Poulenc, Barbara Bonney, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Tokyo Opera Singers, Saito Kinen Orchestra & Seiji Ozawa
Les Mamelles De Tiresias - Opera-Bouffe
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Les Mamelles De Tiresias - Opera-Bouffe Les Mamelles De Tiresias - Opera-Bouffe Les Mamelles De Tiresias - Opera-Bouffe Les Mamelles De Tiresias - Opera-Bouffe
Francis Poulenc
Dialogues Des Carmelites - Oh! Mon pere
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Dialogues Des Carmelites - Oh! Mon pere Dialogues Des Carmelites - Oh! Mon pere Dialogues Des Carmelites - Oh! Mon pere Dialogues Des Carmelites - Oh! Mon pere
Francis Poulenc, James O'Donnell, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Thomas Sondergard
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani
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Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani
Francis Poulenc, Pascal Rogé, Christopher Warren-Green & London Chamber Orchestra
Concerto For Piano And Orchestra
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Concerto For Piano And Orchestra Concerto For Piano And Orchestra Concerto For Piano And Orchestra Concerto For Piano And Orchestra
Francis Poulenc, Marcus Creed & RIAS Chamber Choir
4 Motets Pour Un Temps De Penitence For Chorus nos 2 & 4
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4 Motets Pour Un Temps De Penitence For Chorus nos 2 & 4 4 Motets Pour Un Temps De Penitence For Chorus nos 2 & 4 4 Motets Pour Un Temps De Penitence For Chorus nos 2 & 4 4 Motets Pour Un Temps De Penitence For Chorus nos 2 & 4
Francis Poulenc
Tel Jour, Telle Nuit - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano
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Tel Jour, Telle Nuit - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano Tel Jour, Telle Nuit - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano Tel Jour, Telle Nuit - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano Tel Jour, Telle Nuit - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano
Francis Poulenc, Tenebrae & Nigel Short
Mass In G Major
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Mass In G Major Mass In G Major Mass In G Major Mass In G Major
Francis Poulenc, Orchestre National de France & Charles Dutoit
Les Animaux Modeles - Suite From The Ballet
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Les Animaux Modeles - Suite From The Ballet Les Animaux Modeles - Suite From The Ballet Les Animaux Modeles - Suite From The Ballet Les Animaux Modeles - Suite From The Ballet
Francis Poulenc, Accentus Ensemble & Laurence Equilbey
5 Poemes De Paul Eluard For Voice And Piano
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5 Poemes De Paul Eluard For Voice And Piano 5 Poemes De Paul Eluard For Voice And Piano 5 Poemes De Paul Eluard For Voice And Piano 5 Poemes De Paul Eluard For Voice And Piano
Francis Poulenc & London Conchord Ensemble
Sextet For Piano And Wind
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Sextet For Piano And Wind Sextet For Piano And Wind Sextet For Piano And Wind Sextet For Piano And Wind
Francis Poulenc, Pascal Rogé & Felicity Lott
2 Poemes De Guillaume Apollinaire For Voice And Piano
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2 Poemes De Guillaume Apollinaire For Voice And Piano 2 Poemes De Guillaume Apollinaire For Voice And Piano 2 Poemes De Guillaume Apollinaire For Voice And Piano 2 Poemes De Guillaume Apollinaire For Voice And Piano
Francis Poulenc, James O'Donnell, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Thomas Søndergård
Organ Concerto (Proms 2015)
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Organ Concerto (Proms 2015) Organ Concerto (Proms 2015) Organ Concerto (Proms 2015) Organ Concerto (Proms 2015)
Francis Poulenc, Yan Pascal Tortelier & Ulster Orchestra
Les Biches - Suite
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Les Biches - Suite Les Biches - Suite Les Biches - Suite Les Biches - Suite
Jean-Marc Phillips, Alexandre Tharaud, Ronald van Spaendonck, Francis Poulenc, Françoise Rivalland & Franck Leguérinel
Le Bal Masque - Cantate Profane For Baritone [or Mezzo-Soprano] And Ensemble
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Le Bal Masque - Cantate Profane For Baritone [or Mezzo-Soprano] And Ensemble Le Bal Masque - Cantate Profane For Baritone [or Mezzo-Soprano] And Ensemble Le Bal Masque - Cantate Profane For Baritone [or Mezzo-Soprano] And Ensemble Le Bal Masque - Cantate Profane For Baritone [or Mezzo-Soprano] And Ensemble
Maggie Cole, Francis Poulenc, City of London Sinfonia & Richard Hickox
Concert Champetre For Harpsichord (Or Piano) And Orchestra
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Concert Champetre For Harpsichord (Or Piano) And Orchestra Concert Champetre For Harpsichord (Or Piano) And Orchestra Concert Champetre For Harpsichord (Or Piano) And Orchestra Concert Champetre For Harpsichord (Or Piano) And Orchestra
Francis Poulenc & London Conchord Ensemble
Trio For Oboe, Bassoon And Piano
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Trio For Oboe, Bassoon And Piano Trio For Oboe, Bassoon And Piano Trio For Oboe, Bassoon And Piano Trio For Oboe, Bassoon And Piano
Francis Poulenc & Pascal Rogé
Novelettes for piano no. 1 & no. 2 & no. 3
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Novelettes for piano no. 1 & no. 2 & no. 3 Novelettes for piano no. 1 & no. 2 & no. 3 Novelettes for piano no. 1 & no. 2 & no. 3 Novelettes for piano no. 1 & no. 2 & no. 3
Francis Poulenc, BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Thomas Sondergard
Domine Fili unigenite, from Gloria
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Domine Fili unigenite, from Gloria Domine Fili unigenite, from Gloria Domine Fili unigenite, from Gloria Domine Fili unigenite, from Gloria
Francis Poulenc, Dagmar Clottu & Martha Argerich
Sonata for Piano Duet
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Sonata for Piano Duet Sonata for Piano Duet Sonata for Piano Duet Sonata for Piano Duet
Jaques Février & Francis Poulenc
Concerto In D Minor For 2 Pianos And Orchestra
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Concerto In D Minor For 2 Pianos And Orchestra Concerto In D Minor For 2 Pianos And Orchestra Concerto In D Minor For 2 Pianos And Orchestra Concerto In D Minor For 2 Pianos And Orchestra
Francis Poulenc, Maryse Charpentier, Jean-Christophe Benoît, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire & Georges Prêtre
Rapsodie Negre For Baritone, Fl, Clarinet, Str. 4tet & Pf [rev. 1933]
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Rapsodie Negre For Baritone, Fl, Clarinet, Str. 4tet & Pf [rev. 1933] Rapsodie Negre For Baritone, Fl, Clarinet, Str. 4tet & Pf [rev. 1933] Rapsodie Negre For Baritone, Fl, Clarinet, Str. 4tet & Pf [rev. 1933] Rapsodie Negre For Baritone, Fl, Clarinet, Str. 4tet & Pf [rev. 1933]
Pascal Rogé, Francis Poulenc, Orchestre National de France & Charles Dutoit
Suite Francaise [after Gervaise] Vers. For Wind, Perc, Hpcd
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Suite Francaise [after Gervaise] Vers. For Wind, Perc, Hpcd Suite Francaise [after Gervaise] Vers. For Wind, Perc, Hpcd Suite Francaise [after Gervaise] Vers. For Wind, Perc, Hpcd Suite Francaise [after Gervaise] Vers. For Wind, Perc, Hpcd
Francis Poulenc
Metamorphoses - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano
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Metamorphoses - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano Metamorphoses - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano Metamorphoses - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano Metamorphoses - Song-Cycle For Voice And Piano
Francis Poulenc & Pascal Rogé
3 Mouvements Perpetuels For Piano
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3 Mouvements Perpetuels For Piano 3 Mouvements Perpetuels For Piano 3 Mouvements Perpetuels For Piano 3 Mouvements Perpetuels For Piano
Francis Poulenc, Alexandre Tharaud & Olivier Doise
Oboe Sonata
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Oboe Sonata Oboe Sonata Oboe Sonata Oboe Sonata
Francis Poulenc, Maîtrise de Radio France & Denis Dupays
Petites voix pour voix egales a capella
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Petites voix pour voix egales a capella Petites voix pour voix egales a capella Petites voix pour voix egales a capella Petites voix pour voix egales a capella
Francis Poulenc & Marc-André Hamelin
Intermezzo for piano in A flat major
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Intermezzo for piano in A flat major Intermezzo for piano in A flat major Intermezzo for piano in A flat major Intermezzo for piano in A flat major
Francis Poulenc, Polyphony, Choir of Trinity College, Britten Sinfonia & Stephen Layton
Gloria in G major for soprano, chorus and orchestra: Gloria
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Gloria in G major for soprano, chorus and orchestra: Gloria Gloria in G major for soprano, chorus and orchestra: Gloria Gloria in G major for soprano, chorus and orchestra: Gloria Gloria in G major for soprano, chorus and orchestra: Gloria
Francis Poulenc & Pascal Rogé
Melancolie
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Melancolie Melancolie Melancolie Melancolie
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Biography

It was the French critic Claude Rostand who made the classic distinction between Poulenc the monk (‘le moine’) and Poulenc the bad boy (‘le voyou’). Had he been writing when the composer was in his early thirties rather than his early fifties, Rostand would not have been able to make such a distinction: there was only the bad boy. What changed things – following the trauma of the death of a colleague in a particularly horrific road accident in 1936 – was a revelatory first visit to the chapel of the Black Virgin at Rocamadour. Immediately on leaving there Poulenc made a start on his Litanies à la Vierge noire, the first in a series of 12 religious choral works written over the remaining 27 years of his life.

During his childhood he had been influenced less by his God-fearing father – one of the founders of the chemical manufacturing company that became Rhône-Poulenc – than by his mother, who was not very religious but was very musical. He absorbed cabaret and dance music as thoroughly as classical music from Monteverdi to Stravinsky via Mozart. His refusal to discriminate between the two types is one of the most distinctive, most appealing and most durable features of his own compositions, many of which are all the better for their quota of ‘bad-boy’ music.

Not having had a conservatoire training, though he studied piano with Ricardo Viñes and harmony with Charles Koechlin, he needed a model. That is where Stravinsky came in. Stravinsky was the dominant influence on his music not only in the 1920s – when Poulenc found early notoriety as one of the so-called ‘Groupe des Six’ under the anti-Impressionist aesthetic leadership of Jean Cocteau – but through much of his career. In fact, it would take him as long to integrate the Stravinsky idiom into his own harmonic language as to reconcile the monk and the bad-boy elements in his make-up.

Poulenc was an entertaining and affectionate companion who loved music above everything else. Recent biographies have made much of his homosexuality but it was no more important to his development than any other composer’s sexuality to his or hers. Besides, apart from the fact that he was by no means exclusively homosexual, the two most fruitful relationships in his adult life were strictly platonic. But for his long-term recital partnership with the baritone Pierre Bernac he would not have provided a catalogue of songs as distinguished as any in the 20th century. And without his loving admiration for the soprano Denise Duval, for whom he conceived the roles of Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites and the solitary protagonist in La voix humaine, his last two operas might not have been written at all.

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