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Poèmes de Ronsard, FP38
December 1924 to January 1925
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'Poulenc: The Complete Songs' (CDA68021/4)
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'Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4' (SIGCD323)
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No 1: Attributs  Les épis sont à Cérès
No 2: Le tombeau  Quand le ciel et mon heure
No 3: Ballet  Le soir qu’Amour vous fit en la salle descendre
No 4: Je n'ai plus que les os
No 5: À son page  Fais rafraîchir mon vin de sorte

Poèmes de Ronsard, FP38
Poulenc set these poems during the four-hundredth anniversary of Ronsard’s birth, but not early enough in 1924 to feature in the special Ronsard number of La revue musicale featuring newly commissioned settings of the poet by Dukas, Roussel, Caplet, Honegger, Delage and Ravel. The dying Fauré had also intended to contribute a song to that collection.

After the success of the ballet Les biches in Monte Carlo in 1924 Poulenc was already a celebrity, and the fame of each of these songs’ dedicatee-singers demonstrates that the composer already stood at the centre of Parisian music-making. It was also not every twenty-five-year-old who could persuade Picasso to design a cover, a Klee-like design with lines and dots in the shape of a viol or lute. So why are these Ronsard songs so seldom sung? Perhaps because the composer himself consistently gave them a bad press, and more or less renounced them. He felt in retrospect that the influence of Charles Koechlin, his teacher at the time, was not beneficial. In fact, as Robert Orledge has shown, Koechlin taught Poulenc a great deal, but the younger composer preferred his earlier Le bestiaire style, and saw his Koechlin period, perhaps unfairly, as a deviation from his ‘natural’ self.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013

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À son page
Recording date
5 January 2012
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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