Samson Francois Live | Erato 4096002

Samson Francois Live

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 4096002

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 14th October 2013

Contents

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.3 in A flat major, op.47
Etudes (12), op.10
» no.5 in G flat major 'Black Key Study'
» no.10 in A flat major
» no.12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'
Etudes (12), op.25
» no.2 in F minor
» no.5 in E minor
» no.9 in G flat major
Fantasy in F minor, op.49
Impromptu no.1 in A flat major, op.29
Nocturnes (21)
» no.2 in E flat major, op.9 no.2
» no.4 in F major, op.15 no.1
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.35 'Funeral March'
Piano Sonata no.3 in B minor, op.58
Waltzes (19)
» no.1 in E flat major, op.18 'Grande valse brillante'
» no.6 in D flat, op.64 no.1 'Minute'
» no.7 in C sharp minor, op.64 no.2

Franck, Cesar

Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Liszt, Franz

Melodies russes (2) 'Arabesques', S250
» I Le Rossignol (Alabiev)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Sonata no.4 in E flat major, K282

Prokofiev, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.5 in G major, op.55
Piano Sonata no.7 in B flat major, op.83

Schumann, Robert

Kinderszenen, op.15
Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54

Artists

Samson Francois (piano)

Conductors

Charles Munch
Lorin Maazel
Andre Cluytens

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.3 in A flat major, op.47
Etudes (12), op.10
» no.5 in G flat major 'Black Key Study'
» no.10 in A flat major
» no.12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'
Etudes (12), op.25
» no.2 in F minor
» no.5 in E minor
» no.9 in G flat major
Fantasy in F minor, op.49
Impromptu no.1 in A flat major, op.29
Nocturnes (21)
» no.2 in E flat major, op.9 no.2
» no.4 in F major, op.15 no.1
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.35 'Funeral March'
Piano Sonata no.3 in B minor, op.58
Waltzes (19)
» no.1 in E flat major, op.18 'Grande valse brillante'
» no.6 in D flat, op.64 no.1 'Minute'
» no.7 in C sharp minor, op.64 no.2

Franck, Cesar

Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Liszt, Franz

Melodies russes (2) 'Arabesques', S250
» I Le Rossignol (Alabiev)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Sonata no.4 in E flat major, K282

Prokofiev, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.5 in G major, op.55
Piano Sonata no.7 in B flat major, op.83

Schumann, Robert

Kinderszenen, op.15
Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54

Artists

Samson Francois (piano)

Conductors

Charles Munch
Lorin Maazel
Andre Cluytens

About

Samson François (1924-1970) is considered one of the most important French pianists of the 20th century. His musical education, provided by Alfred Cortot, Yvonne Lefébure and Marguerite Long, happily preserved his liberty and his unpredictability.

His unique sense of improvisation, which is the trademark of his recordings, blossomed even more in concerts. Those who had the chance to attend Samson François concerts recall a very special experience, where the pianist was running on the tightrope.

The recordings included in this 3 CD set have only seen the light of the CD once, in a 36 CD box-set of Samson François complete recordings in 2010. One of the concerts at the Salle Pleyel is fully dedicated to Chopin, whereas the second one features the only occasion to hear Samson François in a Mozart piano Sonata (one of his three musical fetishes, the others being Chopin and Debussy).

A third disc of Concertos shows prestigious collaborations with the greatest conductors of his time, including a moving version of the Schumann Concerto with the great old lion Charles Munch.

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