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Fiançailles pour rire, FP101

composer
September to October 1939
author of text

 
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

Recordings

Poulenc: The Complete Songs
CDA68021/44CDs for the price of 3
Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD247Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 1: La dame d'André  André ne connaît pas la dame
Track 12 on CDA68021/4 CD1 [1'28] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 23 on SIGCD247 [1'23] Download only
No 2: Dans l'herbe  Je ne peux plus rien dire
Track 13 on CDA68021/4 CD1 [2'07] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 24 on SIGCD247 [2'41] Download only
No 3: Il vole  En allant se coucher le soleil
Track 14 on CDA68021/4 CD1 [1'48] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 25 on SIGCD247 [1'51] Download only
No 4: Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant
Track 15 on CDA68021/4 CD1 [2'47] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 26 on SIGCD247 [3'22] Download only
No 5: Violon  Couple amoureux aux accents méconnus
Track 16 on CDA68021/4 CD1 [1'48] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 27 on SIGCD247 [2'14] Download only
No 6: Fleurs  Fleurs promises, fleurs tenues dans tes bras
Track 17 on CDA68021/4 CD1 [2'23] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 28 on SIGCD247 [2'52] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA68021/4 disc 1 track 15

Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-02115
Duration
2'47
Recording date
16 July 2008
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Poulenc: The Complete Songs (CDA68021/4)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: October 2013
    4CDs for the price of 3
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