Poulenc: Les biches - Suite; Les Animaux modeles; Sinfonietta
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Poulenc wrote two ballets, the suites from which feature on this recording. Fusing together musical styles from various periods and genres enabled him to construct the largely plot-free narrative of Les Biches, a sequence of captivating dances that explore many themes which were considered taboo at the time. In Les Animaux modeles, Poulenc transforms the animals of La Fontain s fables into human characters in a patchwork score brimming with color, wit, and self-borrowings. The Sinfonietta is playful and light-hearted. From its foundation in 1948 as the Radio Eireann Symphony Orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra has been at the forefront of symphonic music in Ireland. Today, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra plays a central role in classical music in Ireland through year-long programmes of live performances, schools and educational projects, broadcasts, recordings and new commissions.
"Great performance reviews often resort to grilling analogies, for some reason: sizzling, smoking, scorching, flaming, searing roasting, basting ok, the last two not so much. These performances are all of those good things, and best of all, they sound truly French. Tingaud s RTÉ recordings for Naxos have been excellent, but this release really shines. Too often we hear Poulenc played as if he s just, well, easy. Fun, even silly, cozy and sentimental and he is those things, but how much better all of that sounds as performed here, with swift tempos, sharp rhythms, woodwinds to the fore, and that refreshing, sec quality that kicks the music up to a much higher expressive level. This is the real deal. 10/10" --Classicstoday.com
'The Suite from Les Biches is the best known item, and it s never been better played. My goodness, how fresh and virtuosic it sounds!' --Classicstoday.com
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This is the lighter side of Poulenc's music. Pity this isn't an SACD, but go for it anyway. It'll brighten up your day.