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  CCS SA 31411
  Poulenc: Figure Humaine - Dijkstra
  Poulenc: Figure Humaine, Mass in G, Un soir de Neige, Sept Chansons

Swedish Radio Choir
Peter Dijkstra (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Vocal
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Review by JJ March 10, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Under the generic title “Human Figure” hides one of the most beautiful recordings of the past ten years devoted to the French composer Francis Poulenc. The works offered are the “Mass in G major,” dating from 1937, “Seven Songs” from 1936, “A Snowy Evening” from 1944, and “Human Figure” from 1944. “Human Figure, a work for twelve voices, is the most magnificent and impressive work for a capella chorus I know,” underscores Peter Dijkstra. “Eluard, poet, and Poulenc, composer, are a team and complement each other without fault. Eluard’s surrealistic texts, lugubrious and poignant, are striking, and express the atrocities of the second world war in marvelously imaginative language. It is a work that penetrates to the core.” The chorus of the Swedish radio is exemplary, and the well-thought-out recording offers a sound stage of great depth. Peter Dijkstra delivers a musical message of rare emotional force that will leave no one indifferent. Here is a truly great disc to cherish.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 4  

Francis Poulenc - 7 Chansons, Op. 81
Francis Poulenc - Figure humaine, Op. 120
Francis Poulenc - Messe in G major, Op. 89
Francis Poulenc - Un soir de neige, Op. 126