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French Piano Concertos


Release Date: 05/03/2019 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: BRI95899  
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsFrançois BoieldieuJules MassenetGabriel Pierné,   ... 
Performer:  Gabriel TacchinoMartin GallingMarylène DosseRosario Marciano,   ... 
Conductor:  Louis de FromentRobert WagnerSiegfried LandauMatthias Kuntzsch,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio OrchestraInnsbruck Symphony OrchestraRecklinghausen Westphalian Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This gorgeous set is dedicated to piano concertante works from the pens of French composers – infinitely varied compositions that nevertheless each bear the unmistakable flavor of their native idiom. The French piano concerto was a late arrival on the European stage, and even then many French composers would opt to combine piano and orchestra outside the confines of strict concerto form.

This set hones in on the genre’s heyday along with two precursors: a two-movement Concerto in F (1792) by the ‘French Mozart’ Boieldieu and the early Concerti da camera Op.10 (1832–38) by the maverick genius Alkan. The set begins with the five piano concertos that traverse Saint-Saëns’s career, along with concertante pieces he composed
Read more in the 1880s during a 20-year hiatus between his Fourth (1875) and Fifth (1896). The ’80s were fertile for Saint-Saëns’s contemporary Franck, as well, who returned to the piano after decades focusing on the organ and on choral music to create such piano concertante masterworks as Les Djinns and the Variations symphoniques. The latter work was an influence on Claude Debussy’s Fantaisie, in terms of the roles assigned to the orchestra and solo piano and the work’s structure, and like Franck before him, Debussy would disown this youthful work to move in a new direction – surprising given the warm reception enjoyed today by the early works of both composers. The influence of Saint-Saëns and Franck would extend to several of Debussy’s contemporaries, as well. Jules Massenet’s Concerto in E flat, begun in his early twenties, but only finished at the turn of the century after his many successful operas, arrived too late for the shifting tastes of the time, which had turned their backs on romantic virtuosity in favor of the impressionistic and neo-classical. Three of the group ‘Les Six’ figure on this set: Francis Poulenc and the charm and wit of his Concertos for one and for two Pianos, Germaine Tailleferre and the impressionistic orientalism of her Ballade, and the prolific Darius Milhaud who contributes no less than five piano concertos and four other concertante pieces. Albert Roussel and Reynaldo Hahn, though older than the members of ‘Les Six’, would only come to write piano concertos in their 50s, well into the inter-war period. Hahn’s concerto is featured here in a very special remastered historic recording from 1937, with the composer at the podium and the renowned Brazilian pianist Magda Tagliaferro as soloist. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 17 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; France 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 29 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; France 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 44 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 103 "Egyptian" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
6.
Africa, Op. 89 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
7.
Concerto for Piano in F major by François Boieldieu
Performer:  Martin Galling (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1792; France 
8.
Concerto for Piano in E flat major by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marylène Dosse (Piano)
Conductor:  Siegfried Landau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Recklinghausen Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; France 
9.
Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Marylène Dosse (Piano)
Conductor:  Matthias Kuntzsch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
10.
Concerto for Piano in F minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Marylène Dosse (Piano)
Conductor:  Matthias Kuntzsch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; France 
11.
Concertstück for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 40 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Rosario Marciano (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1893; France 
12.
Concerto for Piano in G major, Op. 36 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Maria Littauer (Piano)
Conductor:  Alois Springer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
13.
Concerto for Piano by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Claude Paillard-Francaix (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Françaix
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
14.
Concerto da camera for Piano and Orchestra no 3 in C sharp minor [fragment] by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Giovanni Bellucci (Piano)
Conductor:  Roberto Fores Veses
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
15.
Concerto da camera for Piano and Orchestra no 2 in C sharp minor by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Giovanni Bellucci (Piano)
Conductor:  Roberto Fores Veses
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1834; England 
16.
Concerto da camera for Piano and Orchestra no 1 in A minor, Op. 10 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Giovanni Bellucci (Piano)
Conductor:  Roberto Fores Veses
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1832; France 
17.
Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Op. 25 by Vincent D'Indy
Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
18.
Concerto for Piano in E major by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Magda Tagliaferro (Piano)
Conductor:  Reynaldo Hahn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
19.
Ballade for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp major, Op. 19 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
20.
Wedding Cake for Piano and String Orchestra in A flat major, Op. 76 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Romain Descharmes (Piano)
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
21.
Rhapsodie d'Auvergne for Piano and Orchestra in C major, Op. 73 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Romain Descharmes (Piano)
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
22.
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
Conductor:  Roberto Benzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
23.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 11 by César Franck
Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
Conductor:  Roberto Benzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1835; France 
24.
Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
25.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
26.
Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marylène Dosse (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889-1890; France 
27.
Le carnaval d'Aix, Op. 83b by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swr Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
28.
Fantasie pastorale for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 188 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swr Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
29.
Etudes (5) for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 63 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swr Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
30.
Concerto for Piano no 4, Op. 295 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swr Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; France 
31.
Concerto for Piano no 2, Op. 225 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swr Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; France 
32.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 127 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swr Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
33.
Ballade for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 61 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swr Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
34.
Fantaisie variée by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Conductor:  Pablo Gonzalez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912 
35.
Ballade for piano & orchestra (also arranged for 2 pianos) by Germaine Tailleferre
Performer:  Rosario Marciano (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: ?12/1920-?/1922 
36.
Concerto for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Conductor:  Pablo Gonzalez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserslautern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; France 
37.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Mona Bard (Piano), Rica Bard (Piano)
Conductor:  Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
38.
Les animaux modèles: Suite by Francis Poulenc
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 
39.
Concerto for 2 Pianos by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Mona Bard (Piano), Rica Bard (Piano)
Conductor:  Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
40.
Les Djinns, M 45 by César Franck
Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
Conductor:  Roberto Benzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 

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 Very French indeed. July 30, 2019 By Gregory  Carlson (Marshall, VA) See All My Reviews "The first CD was defective but since I have other recordings of those concertos I didn't feel like messing with a return. Who'da thunk one could even compile this list? Definitely an unfairly ignored segment of music. Good performances all." Report Abuse
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