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Une chanson de porcelaine, FP169

composer
March 1958; composed for Jane Bathori, on her eightieth birthday
author of text
from À toute épreueve

 
This is Poulenc’s last setting of the poetry of Paul Éluard, a song composed as a tribute to that great champion of French modern music, the singer Jane Bathori, on her eightieth birthday. In terms of its tonality (it begins in A minor) and style it recalls Juan Gris from Le travail du peintre, without attempting to match that song’s visionary level. It displays an ease in setting Éluard’s words that could only have been achieved after nearly a quarter of a century’s practice. The poem was chosen from À toute épreuve, the collection of poetry with which Poulenc had begun his musical association with the poet in 1935, a full circle that might have been the result of deliberate choice. As Poulenc wrote in JdmM: ‘I have taken all that I could from Éluard, Apollinaire, Max Jacob etc …’.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013

Recordings

Poulenc: The Complete Songs
CDA68021/44CDs for the price of 3
Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4
Studio Master: SIGCD323Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 46 on CDA68021/4 CD2 [1'27] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 39 on SIGCD323 [1'31] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA68021/4 disc 2 track 46

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-02246
Duration
1'27
Recording date
12 May 2011
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 2 Track 46
    Release date: October 2013
    4CDs for the price of 3
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