Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 23 October 2013 (Piano Concerto and Stabat Mater) and 26 March 2014 (Organ Concerto).
This release is the sixth on the LPO label conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The performances on this disc, recorded in 2013 and 2014, were part of his final season as Principal Guest Conductor. The Organ Concerto was performed by James O’Donnell as part of the Pull Out All The Stops festival, celebrating the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall organ, which had been out of use since 2005. These performances were very well reviewed at the time ‘Yannick Nézet Séguin is a master-painter and drew a rich spectrum of colours from the London Philharmonic Orchestra to decorate each of these scores in a distinctive way’ Bachtrack. ‘Yannick Nézet-Séguin [was] alive to the solemn and dramatic aspects of Poulenc’s setting, its radiance, jauntiness, pealing vitality and ritual dance’ Classical Source. The disc features performances from star soloists: organist James O’Donnell; soprano Kate Royal; pianist Alexandre Tharaud.
A thoroughly enjoyable, reliable set of well-curated recordings. The wind section is particularly commendable throughout, glistening over the top of the orchestra and choir. BBC ****
At one level, it’s an embarrassment of riches for Poulenc fans. On another, it speaks of the modus operandi of London orchestras where rehearsal time is short and much depends on the atmosphere of the evening…You don’t often get three such works on one disc, nor such artists all led by Nézet-Séguin communicative enthusiasm. Gramophone
Each work receives a special performance. MusicWeb