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Poulenc's unaccompanied
choral music -
heard by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'There is much here to savour.'

Half Monk Half Rascal - Choeurs a capella by Francis Poulenc. © 2012 OUR Recordings

I was completely befuddled by the first words on the booklet cover: 'Half Monk' and 'Half Rascal'. Initially I thought of them as a couple of Scandinavian participants in the recording, and it was only when reading Claus Johansen (probably also Scandinavian) on the music itself that I came across Poulenc's remark that 'A critic has said that there are both a monk and a street urchin in me. That is an accurate description of my personality.'

Copyright © 9 March 2012 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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HALF MONK HALF RASCAL - CHOEURS A CAPELLA BY FRANCIS POULENC

FRANCIS POULENC

CHORAL MUSIC

STEPHEN LAYTON

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