Hyperion Records

Métamorphoses, FP121
author of text

'Poulenc: The Complete Songs' (CDA68021/4)
Poulenc: The Complete Songs
Buy by post £30.00 CDA68021/4  4CDs for the price of 3  
'Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1' (SIGCD247)
Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1
SIGCD247  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Poulenc: Voyage à Paris' (CDH55366)
Poulenc: Voyage à Paris
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55366  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
No 1: Reine des mouettes
No 2: C'est ainsi que tu es  Ta chair, d'âme mêlée
No 3: Paganini  Violon hippocampe et sirène

Métamorphoses, FP121
The printed source of two of these poems (songs ii and iii) is Louise de Vilmorin’s collection Le sable du sablier, where their titles are Portrait and Métamorphoses. The latter title makes sense for this particular poem because it is the violin that is made to take on so many different imaginary shapes. Bernac’s copy of this collection is inscribed by the poet as follows: ‘À Pierre Bernac / Notre amitié est plus forte / que les mouettes et les / sables. Louise de Vilmorin, Noël 1945, Paris.’ The date of this suggests that Bernac must have received the handwritten texts of these poems (including the unprinted first poem, Reine des mouettes) at a much earlier date. A great admirer of Vilmorin, he had personally ensured that he could lay hands on poems by her that were suitable for a male singer, and then delivered them to Poulenc. The HMV recording the duo made of these three songs on a single side of a 12” 78 record was one of their most successful.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

Details for CDA68021/4 disc 1 track 23
Recording date
31 May 2010
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 23
    Release date: October 2013
    4CDs for the price of 3
   English   Français   Deutsch