When I found out I was recording the Poulenc Sextet with my woodwind quintet, I was thrilled. One of my teachers, Anthony Gigliotti, had performed the Poulenc Sextet with Poulenc himself playing piano. I fondly recalled the memories of him telling stories of what it was like to work with Poulenc. The piece is full of brash energy, and is so unabashedly French sounding, I can nearly smell the red wine and cigarettes just listening to it.
Diana Powers - flute, Carey Winans - oboe, Sam Kaestner - clarinet
Glenn West - bassoon, Josh Phillips - French horn, Yalin Chi - piano
Recorded in the winter of 2008 at the West Point Band’s Egner Hall, West Point, NY.