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Poulenc: Sonatas with piano

By Corinna Desch

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By Corinna Desch, Eva-Maria May, Giorgi Gvantseladze, Johannes Dengler, Laszlo Kuti, and Martin Rummel. By Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Classical. CD. Naxos #PMR0095. Published by Naxos (NX.PMR0095).

Item Number: NX.PMR0095

This new album is May's third album on paladino where she plays works by Francis Poulenc. One hears three sonatas, namely the ones for cello, clarinet and oboe, all of which play along side the piano. This compilation also includes the Elegy for Horn and the Bagatelle for Violin and Piano. The Sonatas for Clarinet and Oboe as well as the Elegy for Horn and Piano display an integral character trait in Francis Poulenc's later works: They are characterized by an equilibrium of their "inner economy". It is precisely this character trait that has Poulenc positioned close to his highly revered Mozart and thereby, also to the late Ravel. Eva-Maria May made her debut at 14, playing Mozart's Piano Concert A major. She studied in Munich and later in master classes with Igor Shukov and Andre Tschaikovsky, deepening her connection to Russian piano music. She is an active concert performer, and has toured across Europe and the US extensively. As a result of her cooperation with the Bavarian State Radio, a number of recordings have been published with works by Chopin, Skriabin, and Stravinsky. Eva-Maria May currently resides in Munich.

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