Francis Poulenc

For centuries Parisians have taken it for granted that Paris is the centre of the civilised world. The French provinces have their points, no doubt (for one thing, they provide relief from the August heat of the capital), but in cultural matters they have never had any real influence. The provincials for their part have always regarded Paris with a somewhat wary disdain: the city, as the centre of political power, could never be ignored, but its citizens did tend to be blown about by every wind of fashion and to be consumed by a sense of their own importance.

When Francis Poulenc was born in Paris on 7 January 1899, he inherited a share of both viewpoints. His mother, born Jenny Royer, came from a long line of Parisian craftsmen and brought with a strain of freethinking independence and a deep love of the arts. Poulenc's father Emile, on the other hand, from the Aveyron district, between Toulouse and the Massif Central, was a devout Roman Catholic. This dichotomy can be seen in their son on many levels and it was one he never perhaps completely reconciled. We might even suggest that the friction between the two attitudes was responsible for generating some of his compositional energy.

His mother was a talented amateur pianist and musical soirees were a regular occurrence. The young Francis preferred listening to the music from under the grand piano, except when it came to the Fauré First Violin Sonata, when he would take refuge in his bedroom. His mother was his first piano teacher and his involvement with music was to remain that of an amateur for some years. He came to love Schubert's Die Winterreise, was impressed by the early Stravinsky ballets and even had a go at the Three Piano Pieces by Schoenberg, but the decisive encounter was with a nickeloden in a Paris arcade, and with the eminent pianist Eduard Risler playing the Idylle from Chabrier's Dix Pieces pittoresques. From that moment the 14-year-old Poulenc knew he was going to be a composer.

The years of the First World War were highly formative. In 1914 he began to have piano lessons from the famous virtuoso Ricardo Vines, in 1915 he got to know Darius Milhaud, and in 1916 Georges Auric and Erik Satie. In the meantime his mother had died at the age of only 50 and his father followed her in 1917, before Poulenc had had any of his compositions performed. The first of these was his Rapsodie negre for baritone and chamber ensemble, given in December 1917 and arousing more than polite interest in both Stravinsky and Diaghilev. The middle movement of the five is a setting of a nonsense poem Makoko Kangourou, which chimes in well with the dedication to Satie.

1918 saw not only Poulenc doing his National Service (in barracks) but the composition of three miniatures which gave evidence of his extraordinary gifts. The Sonata for piano duet owes something to Stravinsky, but the Sonata for two clarinets is a wholly original conception, both in respect of the medium and the use Poulenc makes of it in 1921 Bartok wrote to Poulenc to say that he had read both works with the keenest interest. The third work from 1918 was the set of Trois mouvements perpetuels, which Vines played for the first time in public in February 1919 and which then swept the drawing-rooms of Europe. Here the Parisian and provincial elements in Poulenc's make-up jostle each other, with occasional attempts at coalescence: the tunes are superbly naive (Ravel envied Poulenc his ability to write his own folksong), while the little flourishes with which each piece signs off are the epitome of urban irony.

In January 1920 the critic Henri Collet named Poulenc and five composing friends Le Groupe des Six, by analogy with the Russian Five. It was a convenient label for publicity purposes and Jean Cocteau, as their self-appointed spokesman, was quick to capitalise on the possibilities. But each of the Six always insisted that the group was just a collection of friends, with no communal musical aims. As it happened, Poulenc's Suite in C and Impromptus for piano fit Cocteau's prescription quite well they are clear, light-hearted and entertaining. But the Promenades, written in 1921 for Artur Rubinstein, belong to the more serious side of Poulenc which was already struggling to make itself heard. This ten-movement celebration of different modes of transport explores a number of the new musical techniques which were intriguing composers of the 1920s, and the resulting language must have seemed difficult to pianists of the time, although now it merely appears of its period.

By 1921 Poulenc was coming to feel that his musical technique needed sharpening. So far he had sensibly confined himself to short pieces for small forces, but it is interesting to find Bartok, in the letter mentioned above, saying that he looked forward to seeing longer pieces from Poulenc's pen as though he knew Poulenc to be capable of them, given the right guidance. This Poulenc found in the person of Charles Koechlin, a somewhat awkward figure in French musical life who never received recognition as a composer in his lifetime, but who was widely admired as a teacher. Koechlin recognised that Poulenc's gifts were harmonic rather than contrapuntal and set him harmonising Bach chorales instead of working on fugues or canons. It is true that Poulenc's melodies nearly always carry with them a strong implication of the accompanying harmony (something he perhaps owed to his early love of Schubert), so that although his Sonata for clarinet and bassoon of 1922 is necessarily linear in conception, we hear a continuo part in our mind, and the composer is able to play jokes by cheating our expectations. The Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone, also written in the autumn of 1922, relies rather on the fashion of returning to styles of the past, which Stavinsky had inaugurated with his ballet Pulcinella in 1920. Carping critics have objected to what they call18th-century music with wrong notes, but the wrong notes are very carefully chosen and a comparison with real 18th-century music reveals Poulenc to have a quite different manner of phrasing and architecture; the Sonata does not really sound like Stravinsky either, so individual are Poulenc's melodies.

The last, and perhaps the most beautiful, of the chamber works Poulenc wrote in the 1920s was the Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon of 1926. We may note the order of the instruments in the title the inclusion of the piano brings a new richness to Poulenc's chamber textures, and he was to use it in every one of his original chamber works from this point onwards. The opening call to attention on the piano is clearly modelled on the neo-classical Stravinsky but, as the American scholar Keith Daniel says, this introduction is subdued and serious, revealing a depth not before plumbed in the chamber music. Poulenc was anxious to point out that the work was not simply the result of a stream of consciousness, but that the first and last movements were based on structures by Haydn and Saint-Saens respectively. The central Andante shows his melodic gifts unfolding at greater length than before one of Poulenc's greatest slow movements. To a large extent the Sextuor for piano and wind quintet of 1932-39 continues the same preoccupations: the composer called it a homage to the wind instruments which I have loved from the moment I began composing. If Poulenc therefore deliberately sets out to write music which is entertaining, that does not preclude moments that touch the heart as well: between 1932 and 1939 he had regained his Roman Catholic faith and written the powerful and passionate song-cycle Tel jour, telle nuit and the impertinent Poulenc was never again to be granted total dominion.

This mixture of grave and gay can be seen nowhere as clearly as in La Histoire de Babar for piano and reciter. One day in 1940 a young cousin put Jean de Brunhoff's story on the piano and asked Poulenc to play it. He duly obliged, but only wrote down the result when the same cousin repeated her request five years later. We can also hear the continuing pull between the urban/sophisticated and the provincial/childish, lending variety to this wholly enchanting work.

Poulenc was never to lose his love of wind instruments, but there does appear to have been a mild rapprochement in the 1940s with the hitherto slighted strings, both in the Sonatas for violin and for cello with piano, and in orchestral works such as the Piano Concerto and, particularly, in the Sinfonietta of 1947. Although this was commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the first anniversary of the Third Programme, it is one of the least eggheaded of Poulenc's pieces, as well as being his only purely symphonic work.

After what Poulenc called his second youth (the opera Les Mamelles de Tiresias, the Sinfonietta and the Piano Concerto), in the 1950s he turned his energies chiefly to three vocal works of the utmost seriousness: the Stabat Mater, the opera Dialogues des Carmelites and the lyric tragedy La Voix humaine. Echoes of these, in both style and content, abound in the four works for wind instruments which brought Poulenc's chamber music to a conclusion: the Elegie for horn and piano, and the three accompanied sonatas for flute, clarinet and oboe (he may have been going to complete the cycle with a bassoon sonata at the time of his death).

All four works have memorial dedications. The Elegie was written in 1957 in memory of Dennis Brain, who was killed in a car accident that year. The sense of loss it distils is palpable, and makes it one of Poulenc's least comfortable works, full of harsh intervals and dramatic gestures. It is as though he were determined to get as far away as possible form the dreamy, poetic horn of the 19th century, a path followed by many a contemporary composer since then. Both the Flute Sonata and the Clarinet Sonata, the latter dedicated to the memory of Arthur Honegger, follow the early chamber works in their 3-movement, fast-slow-fast patterns, with a moderate first movement of almost religious serenity, a gentle middle one in a contrasting key, and a sprightly finale. The Flute Sonata, in particular, has become a modern classic, both in its original form and in the orchestral arrangement made in 1977 by Sir Lennox Berkeley. The Oboe Sonata, written in memory of Sergey Prokofiev and Poulenc's last work of any stature, alters the succession of movements to slow-fast-slow, ending with a Deploration which the composer described as a sort of liturgical chant.

It is clear from this final sonata that Poulenc was, at the time of his death, reconsidering the materials of his style. Not that he was considering becoming a twelve-note composer, despite the note-rows in the Elegie, but while remaining the tonal, tuneful composer he had always been, he was searching for new ways of putting his ideas together. Like his friends Honegger and Milhaud, he had the courage to resist the serialists diktats and remain true to himself. Now that the serialist terror has passed, those of us who love Poulenc's music can hold up our heads in the most sophisticated company, while never forgetting the earthy, provincial roots, which give his works their strength and endurance. And if it all seems so simple, we should remember the long maternal line of craftsmen that stands behind him for him, as for them, the art consists in concealing the artifice.

Roger Nichols

Complete list of Poulenc's compositions.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1917, 1919 Rapsodie nègre 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:
Anne Sofie von Otter - Mezzo Soprano
Bengt Forsberg - Piano
Andreas Alin - Flute
Lars Paulsson - Clarinet
Nils-Erik Sparf - Violin
Ulf Forsberg - Violin
Matti Hirvikangas - Viola
Mats Lindstrom - Cello

Von Otter sings the original baritone part!

FP 3 (1937 revision)

1917, 1919 Rapsodie nègre 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Francios Le Roux - Baritone
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 3 (1937 revision)

1917, 1919 Rapsodie Nègre 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Thomas Oliemans - Baritone
Julian Bliss - Clarinet
Phil White - Trombone -
Malcolm Martineau - Piano
Lisa Friend - Flute
The Backe Quartet

FP 3 (1937 revision)

1917 Trois Pièces 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 5

1918 Sonate pour 2 clarinettes 4.00 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Thank you, Igor..

Richard Hosford, Michael Harris - Clarinet

FP 7 (rev. 1945)

1918 Sonate pour piano a 4 mains 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc

Comments:

Jacques Fevrier and Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 8 (rev. 1939)

1918 Mouvements perpétuels 4.00 stars LP
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

A very popular work for piano

Artur Rubinstein - piano

FP 14

1918 Mouvements Perpétuels 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 14

1918 Mouvements perpétuels 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 14

1918 Mouvements perpétuels 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 14

1917 Mouvements perpétuels 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 5

1918-1919 Le bestiaire ou Cortage d'Orphee 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Francois Le Roux - Baritone
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 15

1918-1919 Le bestiaire ou Cortage d'Orphee 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Julian Bliss - Clarinet
Thomas Oliemans - Baritone
Jarek Augustyniak - Bassoon
Lisa Friend - Flute
The Badke Quartet

FP 15

1919 Cocardes 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Francois Le Roux - Baritone
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 16

1919 Cocardes 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Jean-Francois Gardeil - Baritone
Billy Eidi - Piano

FP 16

1919 Cocardes 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Céline Ricci - Soprano
Daniel Lockert - Piano

FP 16

1919 Valse (from Album des Six) 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 17

1919 Valse (from Album des Six) 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Andrew West - Piano (Hyperion recording)

FP 17

1919 Valse (from Suite en Ut) 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 19

1919 Valse (from Suite en Ut) 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 19

1920 Suite en Ut 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 19

1920 Suite in C 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 19

1921 Le gendarme incompris 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Francois Le Roux - baritone
Dominique Visse - countertenor
Lambert Wilson - speaker
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 20

1920-1921 5 Impromtus 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc Comments:

Gabriel Taccino - Piano

FP 21 (rev, 1939)

1921 Four Poems by Max Jacob 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Francois Leroux - Baritone
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 22

1921 Four Poems by Max Jacob 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Malcolm Martineau - Piano
Simon Desbruslais - Trumpet
Lisa Friend - Flute
David Cowley - Oboe
Joshua Ellicott - lyric tenor
Tamsin Waley-Cohen - Violin
Jarek Augustyniak - Bassoon
Phil White - Trombone

FP 22

1921 Promenades 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc Comments:

Gabriel Taccino - Piano

FP 24

1921 Fanfare 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 25

1921 Two Parts of Les Mariés de la tour Eiffel 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Discours du général Polaka pour deux cornets a piston
La Baigneuse e Trouville. Carte postale en couleurs

Ensemble Erwartung cond. Bernard Desgraupes

1922 Chanson a boire 4.00 stars CD
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

New London Chamber Choir cond. James Wood

FP 31

1922 Chanson a boire 4.00 stars 2 CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 31

1922 Sonate pour clarinette et basson 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Has a music hall quality

Richard Hosford - clarinette
Ursula Leveaux - bassoon

FP 32 (rev. 1945)

1922 Sonate pour cor, trombone et trompette 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Has a music hall quality

Ian Browns - Piano
Nash Ensemble

FP 33 (rev. 1945)

1923 Les Biches 4.50 stars  LP
Francis Poulenc - Les Biches

Comments:

Absolutely brillant ballet music.

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. Georges Prêtre

FP 36

1923 Les Biches 4.50 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 36

1923 Les Biches 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo cond. Igor Markevitch

FP 36

1923 Adagietto from Les Biches 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 36

1922-1925 Napoli 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Barcarolle
Nocturne
Toccata

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 40

1922-1925 Napoli 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 40

1925-1926 Chansons gaillardes 4.00 stars LP
Francis Poulenc - Songs of Poulenc

Comments:

Complete cycle

Sung by Gérard Souzay, baritone
and accompanied by Dalton Baldwin on piano.

FP 42

1926 Trio pour piano, hautbois et basson 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Ian Brown - Piano
Gareth Huse - Oboe
Ursula Leveaux - Bassoon

FP 43

1926 Vocalise 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Sarah Fox - Soprano
Malcom Martineau - Piano

FP 44

1927 Pastourelle 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Part of L'Eventail de Jeanne

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 45

1927 Pastourelle 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Part of L'Eventail de Jeanne

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 45

1927 Pastourelle 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Part of L'Eventail de Jeanne

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 45

1927 Pastourelle 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Part of L'Eventail de Jeanne

Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Geoffrey Simon

FP 45

1928 Three Novelettes 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 47

1928 Three Novelettes 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 47

1928 Three pieces for piano 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 48

1928 Three pieces for piano 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 48

1927-1928 Concert Champêtre 4.50 stars LP
Concert Champêtre

Comments:

Aimeé van de Wiele - Harpsicord
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. Georges Prêtre

FP 49

1927-1928 Concert Champetre 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Harpsicord
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 49

1927-1928 Concert Champêtre 4.50 stars LP
Concert Champêtre

Comments:

Elisabeth Chojnacka - Harpsicord
Lille Symphony Orchestra cond. Jean Claude Casadesus

FP 49

1929 Pièce brève sur le nom d' Albert Roussel 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 50

1929 Pièce brève sur le nom d' Albert Roussel 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 50 Orchestration 1949

1929 8 Nocturnes 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 56 Revision 1938

1929 Aubade 4.00 stars LP
Aubade

Comments:

Concerto Choréographique for piano and 18 wind instruments.

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. Georges Prêtre

FP 51

1929 Aubade 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 51

1931 4 Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Ann Murray - Soprano
Malcom Martineau - Piano

FP 58

1930-1932 Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet 4.00 stars LP
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Has a music hall quality

Jean Casadeus - Piano
Dorian Woodwind Quartet

FP 100

1930-1932 Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Has a music hall quality

Ian Browns - Piano
Nash Ensemble

FP 100

1932 Le bal masqué 4.00 stars LP
Le bal masqué Comments:

Cantate profane pour baryton et orchestre de chambre

Warren Galjour - Baritone
Orchestra conducted by Edvard Fendler

FP 60

1932 Le bal masqué 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Francoise Leroux - Baritone
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 60

1932 Le bal masqué 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Phil White - Trombone
Thomas Allen - Voice
Gemma Rosefield - Cello
Simon Desbruslais - Trumpet
Tamsin Waley-Cohen - Violin
Julian Bliss (Clarinet),
Andrew Barnard - Percussion
Gary Lovenest - Percussion
Jarek Augustyniak - Bassoon
David Cowley - Oboe
David Corkhill - Percussion
Malcolm Martineau - Piano

FP 60

1932 Bagatelle from Le bal masqué 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Graf Mourja - Violin
Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

FP 60

1932 Intermède pour piano en ré mineur 4.00 stars Want

Comments:

This piano piece is a transcription from the identical music in the complete Bal Masqué

Anthony Gray / Piano

FP 60

1932 Concerto for two Pianos 4.50 stars LP
Concerto for two Pianos

Comments:

Francis Poulenc - Piano
Jacques Février - Piano
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. George Prêtre

FP 61

Concerto for two Pianos

Comments:

Mark Clinton - Piano
Nicole Narboni - Piano
Orchestre du Conservatoire du Centre de Paris cond. Bruno Poindefert (CD)

FP 61

Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Pascal Rogé - piano
Sylviane Deverne - piano
Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 61

Comments:

DVD-R recorded from dutch TV

Arthur and Lucas Jussen - Piano
Radio Chamber Philharmonic cond. Michael Schoenwaldt

FP 61

1932 Valse-improvisation sur le nom de Bach 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 62

1932 Valse-improvisation sur le nom de BACH 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 62

1934 Improvisation 4.00 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 63

1933 Villageoises 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 65

1933 Feuillets d 'album 4.50 stars CD
Poulenc Comments:

Ariette
Reve
Gigue

Gabriel Taccino - Piano

FP 68

1934 Presto 4.50 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 70

1934 2 Intermezzi 4.50 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 71

1934 Humoresque 4.50 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 72

1934 Badinage 4.50 stars CD
Poulenc Comments:

Gabriel Taccino - Piano

FP 73

1934 Badinage 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 73

1934 Villanelle 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Ian Browns - Piano
Philippa Davis - Pipeau

FP 74

1935 Suite francaise after Claude Gervaise for Chamber Orchestra 4.50 stars CD
Suite francaise after Claude Gervaise for Chamber Orchestra

Comments:

Elisabeth Chojnacka - Harpsicord
Lille Symphony Orchestra cond. Jean Claude Casadesus

FP80

1935 Suite francaise after Claude Gervaise for Piano 4.50 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Taccino - Piano

FP 80

1935 Suite francaise after Claude Gervaise for Chamber Orchestra 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Pascal Rogé - harpsicord
Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 80

1936 (Seven) Chansons 4.00 stars CD
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

New London Chamber Choir cond. James Wood

FP 81

1936 Sept Chansons 4.00 stars 2 CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

The Sixteen cond, Harry Christophers

FP 81

1936 Litanies a la vierge noire 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Maitrisse de Radio France cond. Denis Dupays

FP 82

1936 Petite Voix 4.00 stars CD
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

New London Chamber Choir cond. James Wood

FP 83

1930-1936 Les soirées de Nazelles 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano

FP 84

1930-1936 Les soirées de Nazelles 4.50 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 84

1930-1936 Les soirées de Nazelles 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 84

1936-1937 Tel jour tel nuit 4.00 stars LP
Francis Poulenc - Songs of Poulenc

Comments:

A collection of Poulenc songs by Gérard Souzay, baritone
and accompanied by Dalton Baldwin on piano.

FP 86

1937 Bourrée Au Pavillon DÁuvergne 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 87

1937 Sécheresses 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:
French Radio Chorus, French Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Georges Pretre

FP 90

1937 Messe en Sol Majeur 3.50 stars LP
Messe en Sol Majeur

Comments:

Cantata for mixed choir a capella

Conducted by Dan Olof Stenlud

FP 89

1937 Messe en Sol Majeu 4.0 stars 2 CD
Figure Humaine Comments:
The Sixteen cond. Harry Christopher

FP 89

1937 2 Marches et un intermède 4.0 stars LP

Comments:

Chamber Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonic cond. Gennadi Roshdestwensky

FP 88

1937 2 Marches et un intermède 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 88

1938 Concerto pour Orgue 4.00 stars  LP
Francis Poulenc - Concerto pour Orgue [Charles Münch]

Comments:

Organ - Berj Zamkochian
Timpani - Everett Firth
Boston Symphony Orchestra cond. Charles Münch

FP 93

Francis Poulenc - Concerto pour Orgue

Comments:

George Malcom - organ
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields cond. Iona Brown

Poulenc is almost too light-footed and playful for a large church organ. (CD)

FP 93

Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Peter Hurford - Organ
Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 93

Concert Champêtre

Comments:

Organ - Philip Levebre
Lille Symphony Orchestra cond. Jean-Claude Casadesus (CD)

FP 93

1938-1939 4 Motets pour une temps de pénitence 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:
French Radio Chorus, French Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Georges Pretre

FP 152

Also a recording on:

1938-1939 4 Motets pour une temps de pénitence 4.00 stars CD
Figure Humaine Comments:
The Sixteen cond. Harry Christopher

FP 152

Also a recording on:

1940 Mélancolie 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 105

1940 Léocadia 4.00 stars CD
Concert Champêtre

Comments:

Includes Les Chemins de l'Amour - Valse Chantée*

*Danielle Darieux - Voice
Alexandre Tharaud - Piano,
Ronald van Spaendonck - Clarinet,
Laurent Lefevre - Bassoon,
Thibault Vieux - Violin,
Stephane Logerot - Doubvle Bass,

FP 106

1940 Banalités 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Malcolm Martineau - Piano

FP 107

1941 Exeltate Deo 4.00 stars 2 CD
Figure Humaine Comments:

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 109

1941 Salve regina 4.00 stars 2 CD
Figure Humaine Comments:

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 110

1940-1941  Les Animaux Modèles 4.00 stars  LP
Francis Poulenc - Les Animaux Modèles

Comments:

Poulenc meets La Fontaine.
Sounds like a fairy tale..

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. Georges Prêtre

FP 111

1940-1941 Les Animaux Modèles 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 111

1941 Intermezzo 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 118

1941 Intermezzo 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Eric Parkin - Piano

FP 118

1942-1943 Sonate pour violon et piano 4.00 stars CD
poulenc Comments:

Ian Browns - Piano
Leo Phillips - Violin

FP 119 (rev. 1949)

1942-1943 Sonate pour violon et piano 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Julian Milford - Piano
Maya Koch - Violin

FP 119 (rev. 1949)

1942-1943 Sonate pour violon et piano 4.00 stars CD
poulenc

Comments:

Graf Mourja - Violin
Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

FP 119 (rev. 1949)

1943 Figure Humaine 4.00 stars LP
Figure Humaine

Comments:

Cantata for mixed double choirs a capella, soprano and tenor

Solists and choirs cond. Dan Olof Stenlud

FP 120

1943 Figure Humaine 4.00 stars CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

Cantata for mixed double choirs a capella, soprano and tenor

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 120

1943 Figure Humaine 4.00 stars CD

Comments:

Cantata for mixed double choirs a capella, soprano and tenor

Solists
Monteverdi Choir cond. John Eliot Gardiner

FP 120

1943 Un soir de neige 4.00 stars CD
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

New London Chamber Choir cond. James Wood

FP 126

1943 Un soir de neige 4.00 stars 2 CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 126

1944   Les Mamelles de Tirèsias 4.00 stars  CD
Francis Poulenc - Les Mamelles de Tirèsias

Comments:

This is a lively recording by Dutch artists.
Opera Trionfo
Nieuw Ensemble
Conducted by Ed Spanjaard

FP 159

Synopsis:

Proloog
De theaterdirecteur heet het publiek welkom en stelt dat de oorlog ons een belangrijke les leert: we moeten kinderen maken!

Eerste akte
Therese heeft er genoeg van om vrouw te zijn. Ze wil soldaat worden, kunstenaar of president. Weg met haar man, die telkens naar het eten vraagt, weg met haar huis en weg met haar borsten! Ze laat een baard groeien en voelt zich al heerlijk mannelijk.
Haar echtgenoot laat ze weten dat ze voortaan als TirEsias door het leven zal gaan. TirEsias verlaat het huis en laat haar vrouwelijke vormen achter.
Twee mannen, Lacouf en Presto, ruzien over de vraag waar ze in godsnaam zijn. In Parijs, volgens de een, in Zanzibar, vindt de ander. In een duel doden ze elkaar.
Het dagblad van Zanzibar vermeld het tragische einde van Presto en Lacouf. De carriere van Tiresias neemt ondertussen een hoge vlucht. Alle vrouwen, iedereen zet ze naar haar hand. Haar echtgenoot loopt in vrouwenkleren rond. Tiresias bindt hem vast.
De lijken van Presto en Lacouf worden ontdekt door een agent, die ook de als vrouw geklede echtgenoot aantreft. De agent is op slag verliefd en begint hem te verleiden, terwijl op de achtergrond generaal Tiresias toegezongen wordt. Ze is een voorbeeld voor veel vrouwen en duizenden borsten vliegen de lucht in.
De vrouwen van Zanzibar gaan als soldaat het leger in. Tot schrik van de echtgenoot, want wie moet nu de kinderen baren? Zonder kinderen geen toekomst! Als blijkt dat de agent geen enkele actie onderneemt, zweert de echtgenoot dat hij persoonlijk voor de kinderproductie zorg zal dragen. Het volk nodigt hij uit om die avond bij hem langs te komen als hij zijn eerste nakomelingen presenteert.

Intermezzo
Soldaten dansen en er klinken babygeluiden: papa, papa!

Tweede akte
Die avond blijkt de echtgenoot - in verpleegsterskleren - binnen een dag 40.049 kindertjes geproduceerd te hebben. Hij droomt van het familiegeluk en de carrieres van zijn kroost. Een journalist interviewt hem. Hij laat een paar goed gelukte baby's zien: EEn die zich al als succesvol handelaar in gestremde melk heeft bewezen en een schrijver met een indrukwekkend oeuvre.
Vrolijk en geinspireerd gaat de echtgenoot verder met zijn productie. Een journalist zal hij maken. Eentje die veel beter is dan de man die hij net op bezoek had. Met wat inkt en bezwerende gebaren verwekt hij een 18-jarige babyjournalist, maar het blijkt er een van de rioolpers te zijn en hij wordt meteen gechanteerd. Kwaad schopt de echtgenoot hem het huis uit. Een kleermakersbaby is misschien een beter idee. Die zal hem altijd van de mooiste jurken voorzien.
De agent - nog steeds smoorverliefd - vertelt dat Zanzibar geteisterd wordt door een verschrikkelijke hongersnood. Er is niet genoeg voedsel voor de 40.050 nieuwe inwoners en bovendien keren de soldaten hongerig terug. De echtgenoot stelt voor om ter vervanging van voedsel rantsoenkaarten uit te delen, die in het bezit zijn van een waarzegster.
De waarzegster verschijnt en voorspelt een paradijselijke toekomst. Ananaswouden, olifanten en geluk, zolang er maar voldoende kinderen geboren worden. De echtgenoot wordt miljardair, de agent zal in de goot belanden omdat hij onvruchtbaar is. De politieman pikt dit niet en valt de waarzegster aan. Helaas wordt hij door haar gewurgd. Als de echtgenoot haar wil aanvallen doet zij net op tijd haar masker af: het is Therese. De agent staat op uit de dood, de echtgenoot doet zijn verpleegstersuniform uit en het volk veranderd van uitgeputte soldaten in een mooi gezelschap. Therese zegt dat ze, na alles wat ze gezien heeft, voortaan alleen nog wil liefhebben. Samen dansen ze een verliefde dans en hij geeft haar twee ballonnetjes, omdat ze anders zo plat is. Therese laat ze wegvliegen: hij moet haar nemen zoals ze is. Iedereen viert uitbundig feest, waarbij de dood-levende agent gezellig wordt gelyncht.

Het publiek krijgt een goede raad mee naar huis: maak kinderen en krab als het jeukt.

1940-1945 (L')Histoire de Babar, 'Babar the Elephant' 4.00 stars CD
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

Dame Edna Everage, our favourite aunt from down-under with the

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cond. John Lanchberry

FP 129

1940-1945 (L')Histoire de Babar, 'Babar the Elephant' 4.00 stars CD
Concert Champêtre

Comments:

English and French version for Piano

Narration: Francois Mouzaya (fr) Natasha Emerson (eng)
Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

FP 129

1945 Chansons Francaise 4.00 stars CD
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

New London Chamber Choir cond. James Wood

FP 130

1945 Chansons Francaise 4.00 stars 2 CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

The Sixteen cond, Harry Christophers

FP 130

1947 Línvitation au chateau 4.00 stars CD
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

Alexandre Tharaud - Piano,
Ronald van Spaendonck - Clarinet,
Laurent Lefevre - Bassoon,
Thibault Vieux - Violin,
Stephane Logerot - Double Bass,

FP 138

1947 Sinfonietta 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 141

1948 Quatre petites prières de Saint-Francois d'Assise 3.50 stars LP
Quatre petites prières de Saint-Francois d'Assise

Comments:

Cantata for male choirs a capella

Choir conducted by Dan Olof Stenlud

FP 142

1948 Quatre petites prières de Saint-Francois d'Assise 4.00 stars CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

Cantata for male choirs a capella

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 142

1940-1948 Sonate pour violoncelle et piano 4.00 stars CD
poulenc Comments:

Ian Browns - Piano
Paul Watkins - Violoncelle

FP 143 (rev, 1953)

1940-1948 Sonate pour violoncelle et piano 4.00 stars CD
poulenc Comments:

Alexandre Tharaud - Piano
Francoise Groben - Violoncelle

FP 143 (rev, 1953)

1949 Concerto pour Piano et Orchestre 4.50 stars LP
Concerto pour Piano et Orchestre

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. George Prêtre

FP 146

1949 Concerto pour Piano et Orchestre 4.50 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Pascal Rogé - Piano
Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 146

1950 Stabat Mater 3.50 stars LP
Stabat Mater

Comments:

Régine Crespin - Soprano
René Duclos Choir
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. Georges Prêtre

FP 148

1950 Stabat Mater 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Francoise Pollet - Soprano
Choeur de Radio France cond. Francois Pollard

FP 148

1951 L'embarquement pour Cythère 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc Piano

Comments:

Valse-musette pour 2 pianos

Jacques Fevrier - Piano
Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 150

1951 Thème Varié 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 151

1951-1952 4 Motets pour le temps de Noel 4.00 stars CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 152

1947 Matelot provincale 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 153

1952 Ave verum corpus 4.00 stars 2 CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 154

1952 Capriccio pour 2 pianos 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc Piano

Comments:

(d'apres Le bal masqué)

Jacques Fevrier - Piano
Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 155

1952-1953 Sonate pour 2 pianos 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc Piano

Comments:

Jacques Fevrier - Piano
Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 156

1953-1957 Dialogues des Carmélites 4.50 stars 2CD

Comments:

Régine Crespin, Denise Duval, Denise Scharley etc.
Choir and Orchestra Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris cond. Pierre Dervaux

FP 125

Synopsis

The action takes place during the French Revolution and subsequent Terror.

Act I.

The pathologically timid Blanche de la Force decides to retreat from the world and enter a Carmelite convent. The Mother Superior informs her that the Carmelite order is not a refuge: it is the duty of the nuns to guard the Order, not the other way around. In the convent, the jolly Sister Constance tells Blanche (to her consternation) that she has had a dream that the two of them will die young together. The Mother Superior, who is dying, commits Blanche to the care of Mother Marie. The Mother Superior passes away in great agony, shouting in her delirium that despite her long years of service to God, He has abandoned her. Blanche and Mother Marie, who witness her death, are shaken.

Act II.

Sister Constance remarks to Blanche that the Mother Superior's death seemed unworthy of her, and speculates that she had been given the wrong death, as one might be given the wrong coat in a cloakroom. Perhaps someone else will find death surprisingly easy. Perhaps we die not for ourselves alone, but for each other.Blanche's brother, the Chevalier de la Force, arrives to announce that their father thinks Blanche should withdraw from the convent, since she is not safe there (being a member of both the nobility and the clergy). Blanche refuses, saying that she has found happiness in the Carmelite order, but later admits to Mother Marie that it is fear (or the fear of fear itself, as the Chevalier expresses it) that keeps her from leaving.The chaplain announces that he has been forbidden to preach (presumably for being a non-juror under the Civil Constitution of the Clergy). The nuns remark on how fear now governs the country, and no one has the courage to stand up for the priests. Sister Constance asks, "Are there no men left to come to the aid of the country?" "When priests are lacking, martyrs are superabundant," replies the new Mother Superior. Mother Marie says that the Carmelites can save France by giving their lives, but the Mother Superior corrects her: it is not permitted to become a martyr voluntarily; martyrdom is a gift from God.A police officer announces that the Legislative Assembly has nationalized the convent and its property, and the nuns must give up their habits. When Mother Marie acquiesces, the officer taunts her for being eager to dress like everyone else. She replies that the nuns will continue to serve, no matter how they are dressed. "The people has no need of servants," proclaims the officer haughtily. "No, but it has a great need for martyrs," responds Mother Marie. "In times like these, death is nothing," he says. "Life is nothing," she answers, "when it is so debased."

Act III.

In the absence of the new Mother Superior, Mother Marie proposes that the nuns take a vow of martyrdom. However, all must agree, or Mother Marie will not insist. A secret vote is held; there is one dissenting voice. Sister Constance declares that she was the dissenter, and that she has changed her mind, so the vow can proceed. Blanche runs away from the convent, and Mother Marie finds her in her father's library. Her father has been guillotined, and Blanche has been forced to serve her former servants.The nuns are all arrested and condemned to death, but Mother Marie is away (with Blanche, presumably) at the time. The chaplain tells Mother Marie that since God has chosen to spare her, she cannot now voluntarily become a martyr by joining the others in prison. The nuns march to the scaffold, singing Salve Regina. At the last minute, Blanche appears, to Constance's joy; but as she mounts the scaffold, Blanche changes the hymn to Deo patri sit gloria (All praise be thine, O risen Lord).
1954 Bucolique 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Orchestre National de France cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 160

1956 Sonate pour flute et piano 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Ian Browns - Piano
Phillipa Davis - flute

FP 164 (flute and piano version)

1956 Sonata for Flute (and Orchestra) 4.00 stars LP
Sonata for Flute (and Orchestra)

Comments:

Orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley in 1977

James Galway - Flute
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Charles Dutoit

FP 164

1957 Elegie pour cor et piano 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Ian Browns - Piano
Richard Watkins - Horn

FP 168

1958 La Voix Humaine 4.50 stars LP

Comments:

Poulenc's final Opera.
Tragédie lyrique en 1 act
Text Jean Cocteau

Synopsis:

The curtain rises on what looks like a murder scene in a Hitchcock film. A woman is sprawled motionless on a bed. Suddenly the phone rings and she comes to life. We never learn her name. All we know about her is that her lover has abandoned her for another woman, and that tomorrow they will be married. He is calling for the last time to ask for the return of his letters. He is clearly afraid she will use them to embarrass him. The conversation continues, they were together for five years and it is hard to say goodbye. We never hear his voice, but we put the clues together from her responses. She lies to him about how well she is coping, but then reveals that last night she attempted suicide. He lies to her too; she discovers accidentally that he is not at home, as he wants her to believe. Later they are interrupted by another caller. Is it a crossed line or his fiancee on another extension? In between the banalities of how the letters are to be exchanged and what is to be done with his dog she tries desperately to engage him but it is no use. He frequently hangs up, but then calls back, motivated by guilt and the fear that she will take her own life. Poulenc and Cocteau show us a woman on the edge, frantic and delusional, but the innocent victim of a callous man. Or is she?

Denise Duval - Soprano

l'Orchestre du Théatre National de l'Opera National cond. Georges Prêtre

FP 171

1958 La Voix Humaine 4.50 stars CD
Mouvements perpétuels

Comments:

New London Chamber Choir cond. James Wood

FP 171

1958 La Voix Humaine 4.50 stars CD
La Voix

Comments:

Felicity Lott - Soprano
Suise Romande Orchestra cond. Armin Jordan

FP 171

1957-1959 Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue 4.00 stars CD
Figure Humaine

Comments:

The Sixteen cond. Harry Christophers

FP 172

1959 Elégie pour 2 pianos 3.50 stars CD

Comments:

Jacques Fevrier - Piano
Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 175

1932-1959 Improvisations 1 - 15 4.00 stars 2CD
Poulenc 2 CD

Comments:

Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

FP 63, FP 113, FP 170, FP 176

1959 Gloria 3.50 stars LP

Comments:

Rosanne Carteri - Soprano
Choir and Orchestra ORTF cond. Georges Prêtre

FP 177

1959 Gloria 4.00 stars 5CD
Poulenc 5 CD

Comments:

Francoise Pollet - Soprano
Choeur de Radio France cond. Francois Pollard

FP 177

1960 Sarabande pour guitare 4.50 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Craigh Ogdon - Guitar

FP 179

1961 La dame de Monte Carlo, monologue lyrique pour soprano et orchestre 4.00 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet

Comments:

Felicity Lott - Soprano
Suise Romande Orchestra cond. Armin Jordan

FP 180

1961 7 Répons des ténèbres 4.00 stars CD
Poulenc 2 CD Comments:
Alexandre Carpentier - Soprano
French Radio Chorus, French Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Georges Pretre

FP 181

1962 Sonata pour clarinette 4.00 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Ronald van Spaendonk - Clarinet
Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

FP 184

1962 Sonata pour clarinette 4.00 stars CD
Sextoir for Piano and Woodwind Quartet Comments:

Richard Hosfort - Clarinet
Ian Brown - Piano

FP 184

1962 Sonata for Oboe and Piano 4.00 stars LP

Comments:

Hansjoerg Schellenberger - Oboe
Rolf Koenen - Piano

FP 185

1962 Sonata for Oboe and Piano 4.00 stars CD
poulenc Comments:

Ian Browns - Piano
Gareth Hulse - Oboe

FP 185

Compilation Piano Music of 4.50 stars  LP
Francis Poulenc - Piano Music of

Comments:

Mouvements Perpétuels (1918) FP 14
Valse (1919) from FP 19
Pastourelle (1927) FP 45
Three Novelettes (1928) FP 47
Toccata - 3rd part of Trois pièces (1928) from FP 48
Presto (1934) FP 70
Suite Française (1935) FP 80
Three Nocturnes (1929-1938) from FP 56

Gabriel Tacchino - piano

These recordings are also included on the 4CD compilation

Compilation Mélodies 4.50 stars 4CD
poulenc Comments:

Torcador (Chanson hispano-italienne) (1918, rev.1932) FP11
Le bestiaire, ou Le cortage d'Orphée (1918-1919) FP 15
Cocardes (1919) FP 16
5 Poémes de Pierre Ronsard (1924-1925) FP 38
8 Chansons gaillardes (1925-1926) FP 42
4 Airs chantes (1927-1928) FP 46
3 Poèmes de Louis Lalanne (1931) FP 57
4 Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire (1931)FP 58
5 Poèmes de Max Jacob (1931) FP 59
Pierrot (1933) FP 66
8 Chansons polonaise (1934) FP 69
5 Poèmes de Paul Eluard (1935) FP 77
A sa guitare (1935) FP 79
Telle jour, telle nuit (1936-1937) FP 86
3 Poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin (1937) FP 91
Le portrait (1938) FP 92
Alors plus vite (1938) FP 93?
2 Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire (1938) FP94
Priez de paix (1938) FP 95
La grenouillère (1938) FP 96
Miroirs brulant (1938-1939) FP 98
Ce doux petit visage (1939) FP 99
Fiancalles pour rire (1939) FP 101
Bleuet (1939) FP 102
Les chemins de l'amour a Valse chanteé (1940) FP106
Banalités (1940) FP 107
Colloque pour soprano, baritone et piano (1940) PF 108
6 Chansons villageoises (1942) FP 117
Mèthamorphoses (1943) FP 121
2 Poèmes de Louis Aragon (1943) FP 122
Montparnasse (1941) FP 127
Hyde Park (1945) FP 127
2 Mèlodies sur de poèmes de Guilliaume Apollinaire (1946) FP 131
Paul et Virgine (1946) FP 132
Le disparu (1947) FP 134
Main dominée par le coeur (1947) PR 135
3 Chansons de Federico Garcia Lorca (1947) PR 136
... mais mourir (1947) FP 137
Calligrammes (1948) FP 140
Hymne (1947) FP 144
Les bijoux aux poitrines, mazurka (1949) FP 145
La fraicheur et le feu (1950) FP 147
Parasiana (1954) FP 157
Rosemonde (1954) FP 158
Le travail du peintre (1956) FP 161
2 Mélodies (1956) FP 162
Dernier poeme (1956) FP 163
Viva Nadio (1957) FP 167
Une chanson de porcelaine (1958) FP 169
Fancy (1962) FP 174
La courte paille (1960) FP 178

Catherine Dubosc soprano
CD 1 tracks 6-11, 19-21, 30

Felicity Lott soprano
CD 2

Urszula Kryger mezzo-soprano
CD 4 tracks 27-34

Gilles Cachemaille baritone
CD 1 tracks 1-5, 12-18, 22-29
CD 4 tracks 1-26

Francois Le Roux baritone
CD 3

Pascal Rogé piano

Compilation Sacred and Secular Works 4.50 stars 2CD
poulenc Comments:

Disc 1

Exultate Deo (1941) FP 109

Litanies a  la vierge noire (1936) FP 82

4 Motets pour un temps de pénitence (1938-1939) FP 97
- Timor et tremor
- Vinea mea electa
- Tenebrae factae sunt
- Tristis est anima mea

Salve Regina (1941) FP 110

Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (1957-1959) FP 172
- O Jésu
- O proles
- Laus regi
- Si quaeris

Ave verum corpus (1952) FP 154

4 Motets pour le temps de Noel (1951-1952) FP 152
- O magnum mysterium
- Quem vidistis pastores
- Videntes stellam
- Hodie Christus natus est

Disc 2

7 Chansons (1936) FP81
- La blanche neige (wds. Apollinaire)
- A peine défigurée (wds. Eluard)
- Par une nuit nouvelle (wds. Eluard)
- Tous les droits (wds. Eluard)
- Belle et ressemblante (wds. Eluard)
- Marie (wds. Apollinaire)
- Luire (wds. Apollinaire)

Figure humaine (1943) FP 120
- De tous les printemps du monde
- En chantant les servantes s`élancent
- Aussi bas que le silence
- Toi ma patiente ma patience ma parente
- Riant du ciel et des planètes
- Le jour m`étonne et la nuit me fait peur
- La menace sous le ciel rouge
- Liberté

Chansons francaises (1945) FP 130
- Margoton va t`a l`eau
- La belle se siet au pied de la tour
- Pilons l`orge
- Clic, clac, dansez sabots
- C`est la petit` fill` du prince
- La belle si nous étions
- Ah! mon beau laboureau
- Les tisserands

Un soir de neige (1944) FP 126
- De grands cuillers de neige
- La bonne neige
- Bois meurtri
- La nuit le froid le solitude

Chanson a  boire (1922) FP 31

Groupe Vocale de France cond. John Alldis

Compilation Piano Music and Chamber Music 4.50 stars 4CD
poulenc Comments:

Yehudi Menuhin - Violin
Pierre Fournier - Cello
Jacques Février - Piano
Gabriel Tacchino - Piano

Solists on Wind Instruments