Francis Poulenc: Piano Concerto & Concert champêtre - RES10256

Francis Poulenc: Piano Concerto & Concert champêtre

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Total playing time [72:32]

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Mark Bebbington (piano)
John Roberts (oboe)
Jonathan Davies (bassoon)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Jan Latham-Koenig (conductor)

The acclaimed pianist Mark Bebbington marks his Resonus Classics debut, and the start of a new French music series, with a major new recording of works by Francis Poulenc.

Joined by conductor Jan Latham-Koenig, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, this varied programme of works for piano features the Piano Concerto (the last of his five concertos) and the rarely-recorded piano version of the Concert champêtre so often performed by Poulenc himself.

Bebbington is also joined by oboist John Roberts and bassoonist Jonathan Davies for the Trio for Piano, Oboe & Bassoon, and the Sonata for Oboe & Piano.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, FP 146
1. Allegretto
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondeau à la Française

Trio for Piano, Oboe & Bassoon, FP 43
4. Presto
5. Andante
6. Rondo

Concert champêtre, FP 49
7. Allegro Molto
8. Andante
9. Finale

Sonata for Oboe & Piano, FP 185
10. Élégie
11. Scherzo
12. Déploration

‘What a wonderful Poulenc journey pianist Mark Bebbington takes us on, always with a sense of passion and purpose’

- Gramophone, Editor’s Choice

‘What a wonderful Poulenc journey pianist Mark Bebbington takes us on, always with a sense of passion and purpose’
Gramophone, Editor’s Choice

‘Bebbington captures the mood perfectly, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on sparkling form’
The Observer

‘[...] as good an introduction to Poulenc’s art as you will find’
The Mail on Sunday, Album of the Week

‘Extraordinary beauty subtly combined with touches of humor’
Crescendo Redaktion 10/10

‘Bebbington, wisely, treats [the Concert champêtre] as a piano concerto, gleefully accentuating the extra details. You’re occasional reminded of what Couperin and Rameau sound like played on a modern grand, as with the glittering opening to the last movement’
The Arts Desk

‘Truly excellent’
Musical Opinion (5 stars)

‘Bebbington’s quickness of delivery, his nimble-fingeredness and his lively approach to Poulenc’s witty outbursts serve the Piano Concerto well, and he is well supported by the Royal Philharmonic’
MusicWeb International

‘Full of lovely detail [...] bringing out the richness of orchestration and the sonorous writing for piano’
Planet Hugill

‘Mark Bebbington's new series of French music is off to a cracking start’
Birmingham Post

‘A good overview and an entertaining listen’
Lark Reviews

‘[...] in the concerto [Mark] despatches the fluent piano writing with aplomb’
BBC Music Magazine

© 2020 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2020 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10256
Producer & editor: Adam Binks
Engineers: Dave Rowell (concertos) & Adam Binks (chamber works)
EAN: 5060262792148 (CD)
Cover image by Jack Liebeck
Release date: 3 March 2020