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Poulenc: Ballet Suites (piano versions)

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Playing time: 77'14"
Tracks: 22
Booklet pages: 6
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Reviewer: Howard Smith
Review of Poulenc: Ballet Suites (piano versions) published on 4 February 2015

Jean-Pierre Armengaud, piano

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963):

Les Animaux modèles, suite (1940-1), arranged by Grant Johannesen
1 Le Petit Jour (Dawn) -
2 L'Ours et les deux Compagnons (The Bear and his two friends) -
3 La Cigale et la Fourmi (The Grasshopper and The Ant) -
4 Le Lion amoureux (The Amorous Lion)
5 L'Homme entre deux âges et ses deux Maîtresses (An Elderly Man with Two Girlfriends)
6 La Mort et le Bûcheron (Death and the Woodcutter)
7 Les Deux Coqs (The Two Roosters) -
8 Le Repas de midi (Noonday Repast)

Les Biches, suite (1923) (first recording of original piano version)
9 Ouverture
10 Rondeau
11 Adagietto
12 Rag-Mazurka
13 Aandantino
14 Final

Aubade (1929) (first recording of original piano version)
15 Toccata
16 Récitatif: Les Compagnes de Diane (Le Petit Jour) (Diana's companions; Daybreak) -
17 Rondeau: Diane et ses compagnes (Diana and her companions)
18 Presto: Toilette de Diane (L'Aurore) (Diana's Adornment; sunrise)
19 Récitatif: Introduction à la Variation de Diane (Introduction to Diana's Variation)
20 Andante: Variation de Diane (Diana's Variation)
21 Allegro feroce: Désespoir de Diana (Diane jette l'arc) (Diana's Despair; She throws down her bow)
22 Conclusion: Adieux et départ de Diane (Diane se relève et dit adieu à ses compagnes immobiles) (Diana's Farewell and Departure; Diana rises and bids farewell to her motionless companions)

Recorded 21-23 February (15-22), 28-29 March and 6-7 April (9-14), 11-13 April and 3 May 2013 (1-8) at Studio 4'33, Pierre Malbox, Ivry sur Seine, France

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