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Fiançailles pour rire, FP101
September to October 1939
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'Poulenc: The Complete Songs' (CDA68021/4)
Poulenc: The Complete Songs
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'Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1' (SIGCD247)
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No 1: La dame d'André  André ne connaît pas la dame
No 2: Dans l'herbe  Je ne peux plus rien dire
No 3: Il vole  En allant se coucher le soleil
No 4: Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant
No 5: Violon  Couple amoureux aux accents méconnus
No 6: Fleurs  Fleurs promises, fleurs tenues dans tes bras

Fiançailles pour rire, FP101
This is Poulenc’s most famous cycle for the female voice. Having set three of Vilmorin’s poems at the end of 1937 he now returned to her work with renewed delight, all too aware that his beloved ‘Loulou’ had moved to Hungary to live with her husband Count Pálffy in his castle. The composer missed her, and during the war years he spoke of her as a prisoner on her husband’s estates (a true Parisian—like Poulenc—regarded any exile from Paris as something unimaginably tiresome). It was the composer’s initial idea to write a cycle of male songs for Bernac, but the choice of texts proved difficult (there were other composers like Georges Auric who were equally keen to set Vilmorin’s words). Instead he was drawn into the idea of making a short and concise cycle in the manner of Schumann’s Elisabeth Kulmann songs Op 104. To imitate Schumann he had originally planned a seven-song set, but six songs proved sufficient in the end.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013

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Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant
Recording date
16 July 2008
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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