LPO – 0108
Made in Lithuania
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© 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd (tracks 4-10 / 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd (tracks 1-3, 11-22)

Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, on 23 October 2013 (Piano Concerto and Stabat Mater) and 26 March 2014 (Organ Concerto).

Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions
Publisher: Editions Salabert S. A.

Booklet includes Latin text and English translation.

Total playing time: 72:24
Released: August 2018

CD: Poulenc Stabat Mater and Concertos

LPO conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Piano Concerto in C sharp minor
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
Stabat Mater

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Alexandre Tharaud piano
James O'Donnell organ
Kate Royal soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra and  Choir

Francis Poulenc was a man of contradictins; on one hand the quintessential cosmopolitan Parisian, on the other a man with a deep-rooted spirituality. In his Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani Poulenc epitomises this duality, alternating between moments of high stakes drama, thoughtful tranquility and light-hearted melodies; between sacred and irreverent. Likewise the Stabat Mater, written in memory of a close friend, embraces both the light and dark; solemn, grounded in Poulenc's devout Catholicism, and yet peppered with animated contrasting passages and even occasional levity. First though is his Piano Concerto – moving between lush sentimentalism and exuberance, it is an affectionate musical postcard from Paris for a post-war American audience.

The Organ Concerto was recorded during the Pull Out All The Stops festival launching the refurbished Royal Festival Hall organ.

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‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir provide impeccable support, conductor Yannick Nezét-Séguin eliciting all that matters in Poulenc, transformative euphoria arising from simplistic originality' 
Four stars
i, August 2018

'Orchestra, choir and soloists are on fine form...a really interesting performance.'
Five stars
David Ponsford, Choir and Organ Review, November/December 2018

‘A thoroughly enjoyable, reliable set of well-curated recordings. The wind section is particularly commendable throughout, glistening over the top of the orchestra and choir.' 
Four stars
BBC Music Magazine, February 2019

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