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Choeurs a capella

On this release Stephen Layton and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, put together a program representing both Poulenc`s secular and sacred choral music.

This cd is launched in connection to the much praised release of The Nightingale: “New Nordic Music for Recorder and Choir” (2011) with Michala Petri and Danish National Vocal Ensemble. One further cd is planned for next year.

Poulenc was a man of contradictions. The traditionalists called him a modernist, the modernists called him old-fashioned. The contradictions were almost glaring: a declared homosexual and devout Catholic in the first half of the twentieth century! Courageous? Indeed!

He wrote modern music but couldn’t help creating melodies. That was to be both his good fortune and his misfortune. He knew so much about instruments and voices, and his music sounded so good that it could be regarded as poppish, and many people were loath to admit him to the serious musical world of Europe. Some snobs spoke of “French elegance”.

  • A choir with many facets

    Choir

    Danish National Vocal Ensemble

  • Conductor Stephen Layton was born 1966, the son of a church organist.

    Conductor

    Stephen Layton

  • Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (French: [fʁɑ̃sis ʒɑ̃ maʁsɛl pulɛ̃k]; 7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist.

    Composer

    Francis Poulenc

Reviews

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Gramophone (UK) Nominated for a Gramophone Award

Marc Rochester

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Magazine Classical Music (UK) 5 star review (-full house!)

Guy Weatherall

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BBC Music Magazine, (UK) 5 out of 5 stars!

Roger Nichols

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The Arts Desk (UK)- It has a killer ending. Fabulous, in other words.

Graham Rickson

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Choir and Organ (UK) 4 out of 5 stars

Brian Morton

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Classicalmusic.com (UK)-"There is much here to savour.'

Robert Anderson

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