Poulenc in vital broadcast performances, including a World Premiere!
If you haven't listened to much Poulenc, these are the mp3's to begin to remedy that with!
Here is a folder containing three live performances of Francis Poulenc's work. The version of Gloria is its 1961 World Premiere, with the composer attending, after having played his concerto there. He obviously had to have been hanging around to hear this, too, as the announcer (included in the sound files) relates to us that he is in the venue. Thanks to Ray for this, it is a great moment of music as well as a relevant historical document.
The Concerto for Two Pianos is given a characteristically mischievous run at the hands of the Labecque Sisters, egged on without remorse by Antonio Pappano who was debuting with the New York Phil that night.
And then the Organ Concerto; it is a wild, weird piece. I find it too complex to describe, other than the admonition that you just cannot play it as background music.
This is music that is fun and bright while never becoming vacant or emotionally uncommitted.
Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor (composed 1932)
Antonio Pappano, conductor
New York Philharmonic
Katya & Maria Labecque, pianos
Recorded from the WQXR-FM NYC broadcast by Statework
February 19, 2004
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor (composed 1938)
Mariss Jansons, conductor
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Leo van Doeselaar, organ
Recorded from the Philharmonie, Berlin, DE
from fadoze's "FA2008-197" recording of the broadcast
Gloria (World Premiere; composed 1959)
Charles Munch, conductor
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Adele Addison, soprano
Chorus Pro Musica
Recorded Symphony Hall, Boston MA
on 21 January 1961
"Nice sound, discreet remastering by...Ray"
Play it loud!