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Francis Poulenc Kammermusik

Ensemble arabesques

Recorded at the Deutschlandfunk Chamber Music Hall Cologne, April 2018

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  • Trio, FP 43 - piano, oboe, bassoon
  • Sextett, FP 100 - piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn
  • Sonata for flute and piano, FP 164
  • Sonata for clarinet and piano, FP 184
  • Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185


  • Ensemble arabesques (ensemble)
  • Eva Maria Thiébaud (flute)
  • Nicolas Thiébaud (oboe)
  • Gaspare Buonomano (clarinet)
  • Pascal Deuber (horn)
  • Christian Kunert (bassoon)
  • Paul Rivinius (piano)
  • Francis Poulenc - chamber music for woodwinds


    Wind instruments occupy a central place in Francis Poulenc’s chamber music oeuvre. Starting from the first half of the twentieth century, french composers and orchestras gave prominence to the woodwinds, lending their works the distinctive „French sound“ and style of which Poulenc was one of the greatest ambassadors.


    With his three sonatas for flute, clarinet, and bassoon, Poulenc set standards that remain to this day; his sextet is a milestone in music history.


    Francis Poulenc Chamber Music is the second concept album of the Ensemble arabesques. Their first, Gustav Holst Chamber Music, was released in 2017. The English composer’s fame rests on his enthusiastically acclaimed work The Planets, which eclipsed his previous compositions. The fact that the latter merit much greater attention is attested to by his chamber music works, characterized by their dreamlike gracefulness and still indebted to late Romanticism, to which the ensemble has devoted itself with great success.

    The third album is already in preparation and will be entitled Jacques Ibert Chamber Music.


    Press review

    musicweb-international.com

    This exceedingly well-performed album of Poulenc chamber works on FARAO classics is certainly worth the investment.
    Michael Cookson, May 2019

    Pizzicato

    This All-Poulenc program with chamber music for wind instruments offers a colourful panorama of a composer who gave the French music a new touch. Ensemble Arabesques and Paul Rivinius present the various pieces in most attractive performances.
    Uwe Krusch, May 2019

    musicweb-international.com

    These delicious chamber works are lovingly brought to life by members of the Ensemble Arabesques, who are joined by Paul Rivinius on piano. I could think of no better advocates. The polish of their performances is outstanding, and sound and balance is everything it should be.

    Stephen Greenbank, May 2019

    American Record Guide

    … The recital captures well the many faces of Poulenc, from muscular to nostalgic and from witty to aloof. Rivinius handles each score with effortless musicianship and natural technique; and each member of Ensemble Arabesques plays with spirit and purpose. …
    Hanudel, Sep/Oct 2019

    Scherzo

    … Este CD es una joyita.
    Santiago Martín Bermúdez, 06/03/2019