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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 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.
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
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)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic
15. Concerto da camera for Piano and Orchestra no 2 in C sharp minor by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Giovanni Bellucci (Piano)
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920 ; France
30. Concerto for Piano no 4, Op. 295 by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor: Alun Francis
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; France
31. Concerto for Piano no 2, Op. 225 by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor: Alun Francis
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; France
32. Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 127 by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor: Alun Francis
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ; France
33. Ballade for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 61 by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
Conductor: Alun Francis
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920 ; France
34. Fantaisie variée by Nadia Boulanger
Performer: Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Conductor: Pablo Gonzalez
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
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; France
37. Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Rica Bard (Piano), Mona Bard (Piano)
Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
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: Rica Bard (Piano), Mona Bard (Piano)
Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
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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