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Poulenc: Piano Music

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Catalogue No: SOMMCD 035
Release Date: 02/01/2004
Number of Discs: 1
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Charles Owen, Piano. This is Charles Owen’s second disc in the “New Horizons” series (see SOMMCD 028). After Debussy and Ravel, and before Messiaen, Poulenc’s is the most significant body of French solo piano music of the twentieth-century. He combined the Dadaesque qualities of Erik Satie with the deeper, more serious expression of his composition teacher, Charles Koechlin, alongside his own formidable performing mastery as a pianist. Charles Owen’s own words — “One of the great joys in playing this repertoire is the need to recapture the joie de vivre inherent in the music’s conception.”

“A brilliant player with a fantastic touch, flair and sense of style.” – Kultura, Moscow, 2003

On This Recording

  1. Les soirees de Nazelles: Preambule
  2. Les soirees de Nazelles: Cadence
  3. Les soirees de Nazelles: Variation 1: Le comble de la distinction
  4. Les soirees de Nazelles: Variation 2: Le coer sur la main
  5. Les soirees de Nazelles: Variation 3: La desinvoltue et la discretion
  6. Les soirees de Nazelles: Variation 4: La suite dans les idees
  7. Les soirees de Nazelles: Variation 5: Le charme enjoleur
  8. Les soirees de Nazelles: Variation 6: Le contentement de soi
  9. Les soirees de Nazelles: Variation 7: Le gout du malheur
  10. Les soirees de Nazelles: Variation 8: L’alerte vieillesse
  11. Les soirees de Nazelles: Cadence
  12. Les soirees de Nazelles: Finale
  13. Napoli: I. Barcarolle
  14. Napoli: II. Nocturne
  15. Napoli: III. Caprice Italien
  16. Melancolie: Melancolie, FP 105
  17. 2 Novelettes: Novelette No. 1 in C Major: Modere sans lenteur
  18. 2 Novelettes: Novelette No. 2 in B-Flat Minor: Tres rapide et rythme
  19. 2 Novelettes: Novelette No. 3 in E Minor: Andantino tranquillo
  20. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 1 in B Minor
  21. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 2 in A-Flat Major
  22. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 3 in B Minor
  23. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 4 in A-Flat Major
  24. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 5 in A Minor
  25. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 6 in B-Flat Major
  26. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 7 in C Major
  27. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 8 in A Minor
  28. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 9 in D Major
  29. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 10 in F Major, “Eloge des gammes”
  30. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 11 in G Minor
  31. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 12 in E-Flat Major, “Hommage a Schubert”
  32. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 13 in A Minor
  33. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 14 in D-Flat Major
  34. Improvisations: Improvisation No. 15 in C Minor, “Hommage a Edith Piaf”