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Quatre poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire, FP58

February to March 1931
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Many of Poulenc's Apollinaire settings were found by the composer in the volume Il y a (1925), a collection of Apollinaire’s youthful and unpublished verse, as well as a reprinting of poems that had been written for reviews and ephemeral publications. This kind of Apollinaire—youthful, casual, transparent—was a treasure trove for Poulenc, who found in Il y a the Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne (two poems of which are by Marie Laurencin) at the same time as working on these four songs (the first of which is dedicated to Laurencin).

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013


Poulenc: The Complete Songs
CDA68021/44CDs for the price of 3


No 1: L'anguille  Jeanne Houhou la très gentille
Track 17 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [1'16] 4CDs for the price of 3
No 2: Carte postale  L’ombre de la très douce est évoquée ici
Track 18 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [1'10] 4CDs for the price of 3
No 3: Avant le cinéma  Et puis ce soir on s’en ira
Track 19 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [1'03] 4CDs for the price of 3
No 4: 1904  À Strasbourg en 1904
Track 20 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [1'19] 4CDs for the price of 3

Track-specific metadata for CDA68021/4 disc 3 track 19

Avant le cinéma
Recording date
20 September 2011
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Poulenc: The Complete Songs (CDA68021/4)
    Disc 3 Track 19
    Release date: October 2013
    4CDs for the price of 3
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