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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55167
Recording details: January 1989
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 1989
Total duration: 27 minutes 44 seconds

'exquisitely done, with just the right feeling for the composer's insouciance and wit' (Gramophone)

'A scintillating recording debut … in admirably off-the-beaten-track repertory' (The Observer)


Molto vivace  [5'26]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Sinfonietta is a light-hearted jeu d’esprit. In June 1947 Poulenc wrote from London to his friend Darius Milhaud: ‘I’ve had a good spring this year. Now I’m about to write a Sinfonietta for orchestra for the BBC Third Programme.’ Eighteen months later he was writing, from Boston this time, that ‘the Sinfonietta went very well in London’. It had its first performance on 24 October 1948, in a broadcast by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Roger Désormière. An impetuous ‘Allegro con fuoco’, occasionally fanning out into mellow, long-breathed tunes, leads to a ‘Molto vivace’ that recalls unmistakably the finale of Les Biches and is none the worse for that. The ‘Andante cantabile’, gentle and flowing, is succeeded by a farewell movement that scurries along to a breathless conclusion.

from notes by James Harding © 1989

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