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Composer: Poulenc, Francis (1899-1963)

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LondonBluthner Piano Series: Anne Queffélec

Handel, Poulenc, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel
Anne Queffélec, Piano

Port ErinMichael Collins and Michael McHale

Michael Collins and Michael McHale
Finzi, Ireland, Arnold, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc
Michael Collins; Michael McHale

BristolLennox Berkeley: Music for the Piano

© Tristan Roperto
Berkeley, Chopin, Poulenc
Douglas Stevens, Piano

LondonBreath of Hope

Breath of Hope
Holst, Finzi, Ravel, Vaughan Williams, Boulanger, Schulhoff, Poulenc
Unknown; New London Chamber Ensemble; Robert Manasse

LondonRaphaela Papadakis & Tom Poster

Haydn, Schubert, Schumann C., Brahms, Liszt, Hahn, Debussy, Satie, Poulenc
Raphaela Papadakis; Tom Poster
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On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Two different variations of the female conditions: one of 1909 and now utterly out-of-date, the second of 1959 much more ut-to-date.
****1
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A fear of fear: Poulenc's Carmélites in Aachen

Faustine De Monès (Sœur Constance) and Suzanne Jérosme (Blanche) © Ludwig Koerfer
The forces of Theater Aachen impress in a suitably harrowing and searing production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmèlites.
****1
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Witty Poulenc and gigantic Rachmaninov from The Cleveland Orchestra

Stephane Deneve © Uwe Ditz
Jory Vinikour was the soloist for Poulenc’s rarely heard Concert champêtre. A performance of Rachmaninov's Symphony no. 2, in which thrilling excess ruled, completed the program.
***11
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Disappointing Dialogues des Carmélites

Chloe Latchmore (Mère Marie), Bertie Watson, Georgia Mae Bishop (Madame de Croissy) © Clive Barda
The most moving scene in 20th-century opera went for nothing
**111
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Bright and witty Poulenc contrasts with menacing Prokofiev in Dublin

Duncan Ward © Alan Kerr
A shimmering account of Debussy's Jeux was followed by a delectable reading of Poulenc's Concerto for two pianos. Conductor Ward delivered a convincing performance of Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony.
***11
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