HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Camille Saint-Saens – Piano Concerti 3 & 5 (Collard, Previn)

Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beauty
Featuring the superb piano stylings of renowned French Pianist Jean-Phillippe Collard.
Saint Saëns, acclaimed for his sense of drama and ability to evoke mystery in his compositions, crafted five piano concertos over the course of his life, though only No. 2 garnered commercial success.Camille Saint-Saens’ sense of drama, his lyric runs, all make this listening experience highly recommended. I am fascinated by the way Saint-Saens creates rich variations of his themes as he takes us from movement to movement. Saint-Saens has the ability to develop ethereal melodies and variations on themes that are hypnotic and mystical. His piano runs are pushed for dramatic effect. The creative and amusing variations of his themes are pleasant and amusing.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Jean-Philippe Collard
Orchestra: Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1987)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR 15
Size: 1.21 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Camille Saint-Saens , it seems to me, is one of the most underrated composers of fine classical music of all time. Not only was he an outstanding composer, he was also a fine pianist and organist, as well as a music critic, a poet and an author of essays and plays.

I won’t comment on the now defunct attitude of ignoring all but the the second of these concertos. They are all delightful to varying degrees.
In the last week I have listened to many different recordings of these concertos (from CDs, vinyls and from the web – and I own Ciccolini). While none of them are anything less than very good the winner is the Collard/Previn.

A young Collard reveals a beautifully delicate yet rounded French tone to the piano part that I hadn’t noticed when listening to other recordings. Previn, a really great conductor who has become one of my favorites when I stop to remember all the great records he has made, and The Royal Philharmonic play their part to make this a most satisfying listening experience.



  Concerto Pour Piano No.3 En Mi Bémol Majeur, Op. 29
1 I: Moderato Assai – Più Mosso (Allegro Maestoso) 14:12
2 II: Andante 8:55
3 III: Allegro Non Troppo 7:46
  Concerto Pour Piano No. 5 En Fa Majeur, Op. 103
4 I: Allegro Animato 11:40
5 II: Andante – Allegretto Tranquillo Quasi Andantino 11:14
6 III: Molto Allegro 6:02


Analyzed folder: /96k Saint-Saens – Piano Concerti 3, 5 – Collard, Previn
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR17        -0.80 dB     -22.80 dB     A1 Piano Concerto No.3 In E Flat Major, Op.29 I – Moderato Assai – Piu’ Mosso (Allegro Maestoso).aif
DR15        -13.57 dB     -34.77 dB     A2 Piano Concerto No.3 In E Flat Major, Op.29 II – Andante.aif
DR14        -1.69 dB     -19.95 dB     A3 Piano Concerto No.3 In E Flat Major, Op.29 III – Allegro Non Troppo.aif
DR14        -1.95 dB     -21.13 dB     B1 Piano Concerto No.5 In F Major, Op.103 I – Allegro Animato.aif
DR15        -4.74 dB     -25.56 dB     B2 Piano Concerto No.5 In F Major, Op.103 II – Andante – Allegretto Tranquillo Quasi Andantino.aif
DR14        -1.25 dB     -19.91 dB     B3 Piano Concerto No.5 In F Major, Op.103 III – Molto Allegro.aif
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR15


Ripping Info


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  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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