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Sonata for flute and piano
composer
1957; dedicated to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge; first performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal, with the composer at the piano, at the Strasbourg Festival on 18 June 1957; orchestrated version made by Lennox Berkeley

Recordings
'L'Album des Six' (CDH55386)
L'Album des Six
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55386  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Liebermann: Flute Concerto; Nielsen: Flute Concerto; Poulenc: Flute Sonata' (CKD367)
Liebermann: Flute Concerto; Nielsen: Flute Concerto; Poulenc: Flute Sonata
CKD367  Download only  
'Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music' (CDA67255/6)
Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music
Buy by post £10.00 CDA67255/6  2CDs Please, someone, buy me …  
Details
Movement 1: Allegretto malincolico
Track 16 on CDA67255/6 CD2 [4'16] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
Track 1 on CDH55386 [4'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
arranger
1976; orchestration commissioned by James Galway

Track 5 on CKD367 [4'47] Download only
Movement 2: Cantilena: Assez lent
Track 17 on CDA67255/6 CD2 [4'27] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
Track 2 on CDH55386 [4'15] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
arranger
1976; orchestration commissioned by James Galway

Track 6 on CKD367 [4'10] Download only
Movement 3: Presto giocoso
Track 18 on CDA67255/6 CD2 [3'33] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
Track 3 on CDH55386 [3'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
arranger
1976; orchestration commissioned by James Galway

Track 7 on CKD367 [3'49] Download only

Sonata for flute and piano
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Poulenc’s Sonata of 1957 is dedicated to the memory of that champion of twentieth-century chamber music, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. The Sonata’s own cause was promoted by the Chesterian magazine (Spring 1958) which declared: ‘For Francis Poulenc, a medium such as Flute and Piano is ideal for expressing himself in his inimitable style. All flautists will wish to include it in their repertoire.’ For Poulenc himself, the strongest spiritual influence was that of his dear friend Raymonde Linossier; having completed his Sonata, he concluded: ‘It is Poulenc but very Raymonde, as with every composition for winds.’ Flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal gave the first public performance at the Strasbourg Festival on 18 June 1957, with the composer at the piano.

The restless ‘Allegretto malincolico’ focuses on a descending chromatic idea, preceded by an arpeggiated flourish, with Poulenc enjoying major and minor inflections. Frequent trills and demisemiquaver tonguing attest to the flautist’s technique. The Classical legacy is evident in the piano’s Alberti-bass figurations, and the debt to the Baroque in the flute’s dotted rhythms within the slower middle section. A quiet, song-like ‘Cantilena’ explores the flute’s vocal qualities with an arching melodic contour: ‘a great rainbow of melody’. (Some have also noted connections with Poulenc’s contemporary opera, Dialogues des Carmélites.) Extensive use of smooth scalic figures is contrasted by more dotted rhythmic material in the central portion. The ‘Presto giocoso’ has a light-hearted, rondo-like character, again with a strong rhythmic identity; it enjoys imitative textures and cyclical elements, with an arpeggiated figure and later the dotted idea (‘mélancolique’) from the first movement, together with a thematic hint of the second (reaching up to a top C). A confident, extrovert reprise of the opening concludes, ‘strictly in time without any slowing down’

from notes by Deborah Mawer © 2001

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Details for CDA67204 track 3
Presto giocoso
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-20403
Duration
3'31
Recording date
22 April 2000
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. L'Album des Six (CDA67204)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: February 2001
    Deletion date: March 2009
    Superseded by CDH55386
  2. L'Album des Six (CDH55386)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: April 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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