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Massenet: Concerto For Piano And Orchestra; Franck: Variations Symphoniques


Release Date: 09/01/2007 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 104   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jules MassenetCésar Franck
Performer:  Idil Biret
Conductor:  Alain Pâris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

French music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century abounds in fine and very original symphonic and concerted works that are rarely explored. During the symphonic revival initiated by Camille Saint-Saëns and César Franck, several famous virtuosos encouraged composers to write new works that were to leave their makr on the repertoire. One of those musicians was the pianist Louis Diémer, for whom César Franck composed his famous 'Variations symphoniques'. But we tend to forget that this masterpiece came into being largely thanks to the previous success of Franck's symphonic poem for piano and orchestra, based on a poem by Victor Hugo, 'Les Djinns'. At a time when composers were trying to get away from the Read more traditional image of music, it opened up a new path that others were to follow. As for Jules Massenet's 'Piano Concerto', it represents the lesser-known side of a very great composer, who is remembered above all for his operas. It combines virtuosity and sensitivity, refinement and lyricism, not to forget the 'exotic' touch in the final movement, with the inspiration of Slovakian folk music. Recorded in Bilknet Concert Hall, Ankara, Turkey, on 16, 18 and 19 December 2005. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in E flat major by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Alain Pâris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; France 
2. Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Alain Pâris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
3. Les Djinns, M 45 by César Franck
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Alain Pâris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 

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