"Everybody who remembers Poulenc remembers him fondly, as somebody who spread wit and happiness wherever he went," says Terry Blain, our special guest on this week's Learning to Listen.
Blain is a music journalist who has written and spoken extensively about French composer Francis Poulenc. On this week's Learning to Listen, Blain takes us through the compositional phases of Poulenc and teaches us a bit more about Poulenc's life and music.
Program PlaylistPoulenc / Nocturne No. 1 / Francis Poulenc, piano / EMI 55036
Poulenc / Trois mouvements perpetuels, 1st movement / Francis Poulenc, piano / EMI 55036
Poulenc / Les Biches: Rondeau / National Orchestra of France / Charles Dutoit / London/Decca 452937
Poulenc / Suite Française / London Wind Orchestra / Denis Wick / ASV 2067
Poulenc / excerpt: Litanites à la vierge noire / Westminster Singers / City of London Sinfonia / Virgin 59286
Poulenc / excerpt: Organ Concerto / BBC Philharmonic / Yan Pascal Tortelier / Ian Tracey, organ / Chandos 9271
Poulenc / Clarinet Sonata, 2nd mvmt Romanza / Maurita Murphy Marx, clarinet / Alan Huckleberry, piano / MSR 1540