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Francis Poulenc
Stabat Mater | Les Biches
1 CD | 65min | Nr. 93.297
CD 1: » Francis Poulenc: Stabat mater for Soprano, Choir and Orchestra
» Francis Poulenc: Les Biches (Ballet)

Stéphane Dénève, the new principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra of SWR, makes his debut recording with a thoughtful and exceptionally well-balanced program of music by the French composer Francis Poulenc. As has been said many times before, Poulenc was both a monk and a rascal; deeply religious one hand, while enjoying celebrity and flamboyant lifestyle on the other. These two sides of his personality are beautifully represented in the program of this CD. First off, there is the enchantingly frivolous ballet “Les Biches,” written in 1924 for Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. For this recording, Denève performs the full version, including the three tableaux with chorus.