Saint-Saens - Piano Concertos Vol.1: Nos 1, 2 & 4 | Chandos CHAN20031

Saint-Saens - Piano Concertos Vol.1: Nos 1, 2 & 4

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN20031

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st August 2018



Having already mastered such French concertos as Poulencís on record, the French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie and Edward Gardner now explore with the BBC Philharmonic the vigorous and progressive world of Camille Saint-SaŽns, offering the first of two volumes to contain his complete piano concertos.

The brilliance, virtuosity, and technical perfection of Louis Lortieís playing encapsulate these unusual, yet exhilarating works. While the spirited, unconventional Concerto No.1 centres round a slow movement consisting of a dialogue between the sober orchestra and virtuosic piano, the technical requirements of No.2 are so high that Saint-SaŽns himself after its premiere admitted that his fluent technique was not quite up to the challenge. Finally, the unusual form and mixed musical ideas of No.4 make for a uniquely dramatic, passionate, and dream-like experience.

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