Monday, 6 September 2010

Poulenc plays Poulenc songs with Cuénod

Francis Poulenc and his dog in 1955

In 1953 Francis Poulenc recorded six songs with Hugues Cuénod for Radio Suisse Romande. These wonderfully enganging performances (including a superbly vital "Voyage à Paris", whatever the shortcomings of the piano, and a chance to hear the beautiful but seldom performed "Bleuet"). These performances were issued on a Dante disc in 1997 which has been unavailable for too many years. It's a pleasure to share these performances.

The amazing Hugues Cuénod was born in 1902, and at the time of writing he's still alive, having celebrated his 108th birthday on 26 June 2010.

The songs are:

1. A sa guitare

2. Chanson d'Orkenise

3. La Grenouillère

4. Voyage à Paris

5. Bleuet

6. Avant le cinéma

All the songs were recorded for Radio Suisse Romande on 9 December 1953 by Hugues Cuénod (tenor) and Francis Poulenc (piano). Uploaded at 320kbps.

Hugues Cuénod

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