Francis Poulenc

Sonata for 2 clarinets, FP 7

    Description by Hector Bellman

    The first of a series of three early little sonatas that Poulenc later dismissed as "entertainment", it was written in 1918 and revised in 1945. The work is very brief, not reaching the six minute mark. The first movement, Presto, is rhythmic. Two fast sections frame a slower middle section where the second clarinet provides a strange ostinato accompaniment. The second, Andante, is a quiet meditation The third, Vif, is a Stravinskyan circus-like dialogue between the two instruments.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Presto
    2. Andante (Très lent)
    3. Vif (Vite avec joie)

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Gall (formerly Gallo) CD 1450
    2015 ABC Classics 4811835
    2015 ABC Classics 4811838
    2012 Champs Hill Records CHRCD 208
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 509990948022
    2010 Indesens 013
    2008 Avi 8553128
    2008 Editions Hortus 536
    2007 EMI
    2006 Marsyas 1801
    2006 Brilliant Classics 7980
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 5552532
    2003 Arts Music 47586
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 569267
    2001 L'Empreinte Digitale ED13114
    2001 Clarinet Classics 32
    2000 Naxos 8 553613
    1999 Hyperion CDA672556
    1996 Cala Records 509
    1995 CPO 999116
    1994 Cala Records 1018
    Accord 202022
    Accord 205192
    Ambitus 97875