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Schumann, Liszt, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / François


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 74324  
Composer:  Franz LisztRobert SchumannSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Samson François
Conductor:  Constantin SilvestriPaul KletzkiWitold Rowicki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraFrench National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono & Stereo 
Length:  2 Hours 23 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Erratic French pianist Samson François (1924-1970) studied with Alfred Cortot (who said he was impossible to teach), and a concert by him was never a dull affair, highlighted perhaps by the importance alcohol and drugs played in his life. When François was at his best, he was imaginative, quirky and remarkable in his command of the keyboard. We hear him at his best in these rhapsodic accounts of concertos of Schumann, Liszt, but the real reason to get this set is to hear the two Prokofiev concertos and Sonata No. 7. François can be seen on two DVDs mentioned on this site: willful, almost bizarre live performances of concertos of Ravel and Read more Chopin, and Ravel and Grieg. However, to hear this intriguing pianist at his best, get this ArkivMusic reissue.

-- Robert Benson, Classical CD Review
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
3.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1958 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  Witold Rowicki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 1963 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  Witold Rowicki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1961 

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