Ensemble 360: New CD released
Poulenc, the latest CD by Ensemble 360, hit the shelves this month.
The disc includes all the piano and wind music by the French composer Francis Poulenc including the wonderful Sextet. Also featured are the flute, clarinet and oboe sonatas and the Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano.
Ensemble 360 has been exploring Poulenc’s piano and wind music since they formed in 2005. Infact, Poulenc’s Sextet was one of the first pieces they programmed.
“It has become fashionable to see [Poulenc] as a minor figure who wrote diverting but insubstantial music….but immersion in [his] output reveals depths and beauties that one could not have previously imagined.” Tim Horton, Ensemble 360 pianist.
Sheffield University’s own Nigel Simeone reminds us in the notes that “perhaps no other twentieth century composer so effortlessly blended ‘lightness of spirit’ with a deeper, more melancholy expressiveness.”
Poulenc is Ensemble 360’s fourth CD following the highly acclaimed Mozart, Spohr and Beethoven discs. All are available from all good retailers including Amazon.
Sonata for flute and piano
Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano
Sonata for clarinet and piano
Sextet for wind quintet and piano
Sonata for oboe and piano
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