Recording from 16. Feb 2018

Poulenc: Sinfonietta

French jeu d'esprit.

Francis Poulenc's Sinfonietta is a light-hearted and playfull work. In 1947 he wrote to his friend, composer Darius Milhaud - I've had a good spring this year. Now I'm about to write a Sinfonietta for orchestra for the BBC. Eighteen months later he was writing from Boston - the Sinfonietta went very well in London. It was premiered by Philharmonia Orchestra under Roger Désormière in October 1948.