Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Piano Concerto & Organ Concerto


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© 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

℗ 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd (tracks 4-10 / 2018 London
Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd (tracks 1-3, 11-22)

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 23
October 2013 (Piano Concerto and Stabat Mater) and 26 March 2014 (Organ

Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions

Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions

Publisher: Editions Salabert S. A.

Booklet includes Latin text and English translation.

Total playing time: 72:24

Released: August 2018

CD: Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Piano Concerto & Organ Concerto

Piano Concerto in C sharp minor
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
Stabat Mater

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Alexandre Tharaud piano
James O’Donnell organ
Kate Royal soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra and  Choir

Francis Poulenc was a man of contradictins; on one hand the quintessential cosmopolitan Parisian, on the other a man with a deep-rooted spirituality. In his Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani Poulenc epitomises this duality, alternating between moments of high stakes drama, thoughtful tranquility and light-hearted melodies; between sacred and irreverent. Likewise the Stabat Mater, written in memory of a close friend, embraces both the light and dark; solemn, grounded in Poulenc’s devout Catholicism, and yet peppered with animated contrasting passages and even occasional levity. First though is his Piano Concerto – moving between lush sentimentalism and exuberance, it is an affectionate musical postcard from Paris for a post-war American audience.

The Organ Concerto was recorded during the Pull Out All The Stops festival launching the refurbished Royal Festival Hall organ.

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