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Half Monk, Half Rascal: Choeurs a Cappella by Francis Poulenc - Adam Riis (tenor); Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Emil Lykke (tenor); Steffen Bruun Rørvig (bass); Stephen Layton (conductor)
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  1. Sept chansons, for chorus, FP 81
  2. Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise, for men's chorus, FP 142
  3. Ave Verum Corpus, motet for female voices, FP 154
  4. Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
  5. Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (4), for male chorus, FP 172
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  1. Sept chansons, for chorus, FP 81
  2. Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise, for men's chorus, FP 142
  3. Ave Verum Corpus, motet for female voices, FP 154
  4. Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
  5. Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (4), for male chorus, FP 172
  6. Chansons françaises (8), for chorus, FP 130
  7. Chanson à boire, for male chorus, FP 31
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The title of the album featuring Stephen Layton and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Half Monk, Half Rascal, seems to set up a dichotomy between the piety of the composer's religious music and the whimsicality of his secular works. With a few exceptions in the Chansons français, whose perky tempos stand out, there is not much stylistic contrast between the sacred and secular pieces until the rascally Chanson à boire, which closes the album. That ultimately doesn't matter much, though, because, taken simply as collection ...

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Half Monk, Half Rascal: Choeurs a Cappella by Francis Poulenc 2012, OUR Recordings

UPC: 636943690628

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