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Ravel / Samson Francois

Francois,Samson
Release Date: 06/18/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 287982   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the very first time, EMI Classics releases all of Samson François' celebrated Ravel recordings in one 3-CD set, fully remastered. Known as one of the greatest French pianists of the 20th century, Samson François was admitted for his performances of Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and most importantly Ravel. The 3-CD set includes favorite Ravel works such as Gaspard de la nuit, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Miroirs, and both of his concertos, one being his monumental Concerto for the Left Hand. The concerto was written originally for pianist Paul Wittgenstein who had lost his right arm during World War I. Samson made a name for himself by interpreting Chopin, but the publication of the two concertos by Ravel helped him explode onto the Read more scene. At the time, only three pianists had ventured to record both concertos.

Samson François plays the way he is, in an atypical, rebellious and surprising manner. "Playing piano, how awful! Playing at the piano!", is how he likes to put it. This collection demonstrates the broad range of personality in Ravel's pieces, which coincides with Samson's free, yet dark inner workings. Le Tombeau de Couperin is light, allusive, and rhythmically flexible while the color palette turns to gray with the disturbing Sonatine.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
Date of Recording: 1960-67 
2.
Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1960-67 
3.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 1960-67 
4.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
5.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
6.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
7.
Prélude for Piano in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
8.
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
9.
Miroirs by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
10.
A la manière de Chabrier by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
11.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
12.
Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
13.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
14.
Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
15.
Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
16.
A la manière de Borodine by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
17.
Gaspard de la nuit: 3rd movement, Scarbo by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 

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