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    I also have the Erato 20 CD Set and have been going through it at a steady pace. Some of the chamber music is a revelation. The sonatas for piano and flute, oboe and clarinette are outstanding!

    Poulenc's music is bubbly like a good champagne. Rossini of modern age, but with more profundity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoReFaMi View Post
    I also have the Erato 20 CD Set and have been going through it at a steady pace. Some of the chamber music is a revelation. The sonatas for piano and flute, oboe and clarinette are outstanding!

    Poulenc's music is bubbly like a good champagne. Rossini of modern age, but with more profundity.
    I've also found myself listening to piano and chamber music on that set which I would probably never have encountered otherwise. At the moment I'm revisiting CD 18, and William Parker singing 'Banalités'. I adore Bernac, but sometimes it's nice to listen to a conventionally attractive voice!

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    Immerse yourself in his Gloria.

    Parts of it are absolutely hilarious - intentionally so - reminding one alternately of circus clowns and Hollywood horror movies. Burlesque is there to - even a hint of ragtime, if I remember correctly. The orchestration's a masterpiece of skilful tone colour.

    Given the tragic circumstances in his life at the time of composition, the effervescence to which DoReFaMi refers ^^^^ must have made him a lovely man to know.

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    A new release and super quality performances. Worth a listen if you have a streaming service

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