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COULEURS

COULEURS

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD364
UPC: 855317003646
Release Date : 31 / Jan / 2020
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  1. 01 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 1. Allegro con fuoco
  2. 02 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 2. Molto vivace
  3. 03 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 3. Andante cantabile
  4. 04 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 4. Tres vite et tres gai
  5. 05 – Francis Poulenc Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor FP 146 – 1. Allegretto
  6. 06 – Francis Poulenc Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor FP 146 – 2. Andante con moto
  7. 07 – Francis Poulenc Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor FP 146 – 3. Rondeau a la francaise
  8. 08 – Charles Koechlin Vers la voute etoilee – nocturne pour orchestre op. 129 – 1
  9. 08 – Charles Koechlin Vers la voute etoilee – nocturne pour orchestre op. 129 – 2
  10. 09 – Charles Koechlin Sur les Flots lointains – Poeme symphonique op. 130

COULEURS


Artur Pizarro & Bamberger Symphoniker,
dir. Thomas Rösner

Following the success of Artur Pizarro’s recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Complete Piano Music on Odradek, the “poet amongst pianists” returns with Poulenc’s Piano Concerto. The last of Poulenc’s concertos, this work is jaunty and playful whilst exuding an irresistible Romanticism. Poulenc’s Sinfonietta is a full-scale symphony in all but name, its self-deprecating title a reflection of the composer’s sense of humour and the work’s colourful, urbane character.

Reviews

“The captivating Poulenc piano concerto… will put a smile on any face… The Bamberger Symphony play well for Thomas Rösner.”
Norman Lebrecht / January 2020

“… the Bamberg musicians play with a sensuality that is second to none. Both recordings take Koechlin’s works to a new level of interpretation.”
Interpretation ****
Repertoire *****
Sound *****
WDR Radio / February 2020

“Rösner writes in the booklet: ‘Koechlin turns out to be a tireless sound magician who does not shy away from extreme instrumental sonorities and dynamics. This creates completely unfamiliar and partially organic sound mixes, the exact nature of which can only be clarified in detail with the use of the score.’ This is exactly what he convincingly realises in his interpretations.”
Pizzicato - Remy Franck / February 2020

“The Portuguese pianist Artur Pizarro is exactly the right interpreter to keep the melodious and at the same time theatrical liveliness of the music in shape, to breathe tension, passion… Thomas Rösner not only knows how to describe this music cleverly, but also to realise it in a fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful way. The performers therefore honour the title of the album.”
Onlinemerker - Dr. Ingobert Waltenberger / December 2019

“… Poulenc’s Sinfonietta, the new recording from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra… conductor Thomas Rösner calls it ‘the most perfect example of a mixture of deeply-felt feelings and a winking nonchalance’, and I know what he means… Artur Pizarro joins him for a swift-moving, unsentimental account of the Poulenc Piano Concerto that still manages to capture its sense of wistful nostalgia, and Poulenc’s teacher, Charles Koechlin, brings up the rear with two of his delicately perfumed tone poems… an enjoyable album…”
BBC Radio 3: Record Review - Andrew McGregor / 15 February 2020

“… this finely articulated, vivacious account from Pizarro and the Bambergers shows what a splendid work it is… beautifully played by the Bamberg SO under Thomas Rösner.”
Agora Classica - Guy Rickards/ February 2020

Performance: FOUR STARS
“Sur les flots lointains (On the distant waves) is similarly atmospheric, especially with the magical hush towards the end of this carefully controlled performance from the Bamberg Symphony under conductor Thomas Rösner… Rösner finds beautiful moments in the [Sinfonietta’s] exquisite Andante cantabile. Artur Pizarro ensures the graceful aspects of his pianism are to the fore in the Piano Concerto… engaging performances…”
BBC Music Magazine - Christopher Dingle / April 2020

“Pizarro seems delighted to meet the score on its own terms, turning in a performance of considerable sensitivity and subtlety. Together with Rösner and the Bambergers, he achieves a genuine expressive symbiosis punctuated with disarming earnestness… The whole orchestra acquits itself magnificently in terms of speed, agility and beautifully blended ensemble. Rösner’s focus on the phrase is inerrant and the musicians respond with gorgeously contoured shapes that never miss their mark… It’s a pleasure to hear the orchestra sounding so fine.”
Gramophone - Patrick Rucker / April 2020

FIVE STARS
“Thomas Rösner is a magician who wields the baton. His Poulenc sparkles with freshness… The two rarely played symphonic poems by Charles Koechlin expand into spatial glitter and shimmer. A revelation!”
Musik und Theater / March 2020

“The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra presents the four scores in a convincing manner, high-ranking in all sections and perfectly coordinated.”
FonoForum - Ingo Harden / April 2020

“Artur Pizarro is an excellent accomplice to Poulenc’s Concerto… Rösner directs the Bamberg Symphony, which is in great shape. A very beautiful album; and Koechlin’s pieces, a discovery.”
Scherzo - Santiago Martín Bermúdez / April 2020

01 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 1. Allegro con fuoco // COULEURS
  1. 01 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 1. Allegro con fuoco // COULEURS
  2. 02 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 2. Molto vivace // COULEURS
  3. 03 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 3. Andante cantabile // COULEURS
  4. 04 – Francis Poulenc Sinfonietta FP 141 – 4. Tres vite et tres gai // COULEURS
  5. 05 – Francis Poulenc Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor FP 146 – 1. Allegretto // COULEURS
  6. 06 – Francis Poulenc Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor FP 146 – 2. Andante con moto // COULEURS
  7. 07 – Francis Poulenc Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor FP 146 – 3. Rondeau a la francaise // COULEURS
  8. 08 – Charles Koechlin Vers la voute etoilee – nocturne pour orchestre op. 129 – 1 // COULEURS
  9. 08 – Charles Koechlin Vers la voute etoilee – nocturne pour orchestre op. 129 – 2 // COULEURS
  10. 09 – Charles Koechlin Sur les Flots lointains – Poeme symphonique op. 130 // COULEURS