• CCSSA31411 Katalognummer
  • 723385314110 EAN
  • 1SACD Format
  • 2011 Utgivelsesår

Artist
Swedish Radio Choir | Dijkstra, Peter

Dirigent
Dijkstra, Peter

Komponist
Poulenc, Francis

Ensemble
Swedish Radio Choir

Plateselskap
Channel

Verk

Poulenc, Francis:

Mass in G major:
Kyrie
Gloria
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei

Sept Chansons:
I. La Blanche Neige
II. Peine Défigurée
III. Par une Nuit Nouvelle
IV. Tous les Droits
V. Belle et Ressemblante
VI. Marie
VII. Luire

Un soir de neige:
I. De Grandes Cuillers de Neige...
II. La Bonne Neige...
III. Bois Meurtri...
IV. La Nuit la Froid la Solitude...

Figure humaine:
I. De Tous les Printemps du Monde...
II. En Chantant les Servantes s'Élancent
III. Aussi bas Que le Silence...
IV. Toi Ma Patiente...
V. Riant du Ciel et des Planètes
VI. Le Jour m'Étonne et la Nuit me Fair Peur...
VII. La Menace Sous le Ciel Rouge...
VIII. Liberté

Produktbeskrivelse

To issue a CD of Poulenc's most important choral work is to make a huge statement, and to take something of a risk. Why does one do it? Aren't there enough recordings already? Having said that, in my case it's simply dire necessity. This work is so beautiful, so impressive, and so important to the canon of twentieth-century choral music, that I cannot resist having a say of my own. I do believe that Poulenc´s 12-part Figure humaine is the most beautiful and impressive a cappella choral work that I know. The poet Eluard and composer Poulenc formed a perfect match. Eluard's poignant and sinister surrealistic texts are very moving, and their wonderfully expressive language depicts the horrors of the Second World War. It is without doubt a harrowing work, with a pièce de résistance to end: the eighth and final movement Liberté. In the most beautiful words, it expresses the omnipresent urge for liberty. Poulenc's setting is simply wonderful, with a gigantic buildup to the concluding, ultimate cry of LIBERTÉ! It is a great joy to perform this sort of music with my Swedish Radio Choir. The ensemble is a very strong group, and most eager to stretch its boundaries. The strength of the group is not merely the sum of its individual qualities. At the moment when these qualities merge into one, the group develops still further, and the ensemble attains a higher elevation. However important blending of the sound may be, it may not be at the expense of individual colour and personality. Choirs are frequently recorded from a considerable distance, perhaps to improve the blend. I often find the resulting sound to be distant, and detrimental to the clarity of the text.

The recording technique of Channel Classics seeks to establish a synthesis, combining directness and clarity with spatial effect. This is exactly my own approach to choral timbre: the choir must achieve the greatest unity and blend, but also allow space for individual colour. It is at such moments that the listener feels personally involved, and the music gains a human aspect. I am convinced that this is the sound Poulenc had in mind when he wrote Figure humaine. Peter Dijkstra

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