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Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. Poulenc's wealthy family intended him for a business career in the Rhone Poulenc family company and did not allow him to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer's parents died. Poulenc soon came under the influence of Erik Satie, under whose tutelage he became one of a group of young composers known collectively as Les Six. This group of French composers from the 1920s aimed to clear music of the impressionism of Claude Debussy, and German influences such as the Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Their motto was "L'art pour l'art": they composed music for the sake of music, without any 'meaning' or extramusical intents.  In his early works Poulenc became known for his high spirits and irreverence. During the 1930s a much more serious side to his nature emerged, particularly in the religious music he composed from 1936 onwards, which he alternated with his more light-hearted works.

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Works for Cello and Piano
Amalie Stalheim
Après un Rêve Belle Époque – Nights at the Piano
Emmanuel Despax
Tine Thing Helseth
... du silence au silence
Veronica Kuijken | Helena Macherel
Violin Sonatas
Elias David Moncado & Hansjacob Staemmler
Les Six, Merci et Adieu Claude
Sérgio Pires / Kosuke Akimoto
English Songs à la française
Tyler Duncan
Sacred & Secular Music
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Svenja Van Driessche & Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort
Ton Sur Ton
Vlaams Radiokoor
Stabat Mater | Requiem
Vlaams Radiokoor | Hervé Niquet | Brussels Philharmonic
Poulenc Concertos
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Locus Iste
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
Some Like it Plucked
Patrick Ayrton
The Romantic Horn
Richard Watkins | Julius Drake
French Opera Arias
Iris Hendrickx
Cantilène Live Recordings Spannungen Festival 2017
Various Artists
Missa Unitatis
Cappella Pratensis
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
Works for Piano Solo and Duo
Lucille Chung
Works for Violin and Piano
Magma Duo
Violin Sonatas
Giovanni Guzzo
Music for Piano (1918-1959)
Aleck Karis
The Complete Songs of Francis Poulenc - Vol. 5
Malcolm Martineau
Oh! Quand je dors...
Ekaterina Gavrilova
The Complete Songs of Poulenc, Vol. 4
John Mark Ainsley / William Dazeley / Sarab Fox / Magdalena Molendowska
Choral Collection
Tenebrae / The King's Singers / Gabrieli Consort / BBC Singers / Ex Cathedra / Rodolfus Choir / Huddersfield Choral Society
Complete Chamber Works
London Conchord Ensemble
The Complete Songs of Francis Poulenc - Vol.3
Malcolm Martineau
Music from Diaghilev's Ballet Russes
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
In Concert
Jan Degaetani / Gilbert Kalish
LCO Live
London Chamber Orchestra
Complete Songs of Poulenc - Vol.2
Malcolm Martineau
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Poulenc: Biches
BBC National Orch.& Chorus of Wales / Fischer
Climate Changes
Jan Pas | Stefano Vismara
Figure Humaine
Sacred choral music
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Secular Choral Music
Netherlands Chamber Choir
In Memoriam Theo Bruins (1929-1993)
Theo Bruins
Poulenc: 34 Mélodies Et Chansons
Suze van Grootel / Kees Schul
Pauline Oostenrijk / Ivo Jansen
Peter en de Wolf & Het Olifantje Babar
Frank Groothof / Residentie Orkest The Hague