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Saint-Saëns: The 5 Piano Concertos / Ciccolini, Baudo


Release Date: 05/22/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 69443   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set was the Saint-Saëns piano concerto reference edition of choice until EMI remade all five works with pianist Jean-Philippe Collard and conductor André Previn. At the same time, Decca weighed in with Pascal Rogé and Charles Dutoit, and while both of these newcomers offer better sound and smoother orchestral playing than Aldo Ciccolini and Serge Baudo, these performances still retain their considerable charms. First, there's Ciccolini's witty, brittle, slightly "sec" playing, which perfectly suits the music's basically neo-classical aesthetic. Second, Baudo's accompaniments have more character and color than either Previn's or Dutoit's, despite the fact that the tonal quality of the Orchestre de Paris in Read more 1971 was nothing to brag about. As to the music itself, Saint-Saëns always has had his detractors, but the bottom line is that his music's charm often conceals considerable performance challenges, and I can personally attest to the fact that when a pianist pooh-poohs this music, it's just as likely that he either doesn't know it or simply can't play it. These concertos are, one and all, delightful. If you don't know them, you certainly should. This set offers a great way to make their acquaintance.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing this set previously reissued as MHS 525362
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 17 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 29 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1970 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 44 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1970 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 103 "Egyptian" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1970 

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