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Samson François (1924-1970) is considered one of the most important French pianists of the 20th century. His unique sense of improvisation, which is the trademark of his recordings, blossomed even more in concert. Those who had the chance to attend his concerts recall a very special experience.
Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Samson François
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 10
Size: 889 MB
Samson François’s extravagant lifestyle, good looks, and passionate but highly disciplined playing, gave him a cult status as a pianist. He had a heart attack on the concert stage in 1968. His early death followed only two years later. He was only 46 years old. François himself said “never play simply to play well” and, in a remark clearly inspired by his jazz influences, “It must be that there is never the impression of being obliged to play the next note.”
Samson François was quite simply a pianistic genius. His performances are uniquely his own, frequently poetic, and often revelatory and even definitive. This is especially true of these performances of the two Liszt piano concertos which are the finest I’ve ever heard. Unfortunately, this extraordinarily talented pianist — who is largely unknown in the U.S even to many piano lovers — died in 1970 at the age of 46. If you love piano music please download these superb performances and hear this outstanding pianist at his best.
|Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat Major|
|A3||Allegro Vivace-Allegro Animato||4:16|
|A4||Allegro Marziale Animato||4:06|
|B||Concerto No.2 In A Major||23:00|
Analyzed folder: /96k Liszt – Concertos No. 1 and 2 – Francois
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR10 -0.96 dB -16.10 dB A1 Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat Major – Allegro Maestoso.aif
DR11 -2.39 dB -19.62 dB A2 Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat Major – Quasi Adagio.aif
DR9 -1.66 dB -14.97 dB A3 Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat Major – Allegro Vivace-Allegro Animato.aif
DR9 -1.22 dB -13.30 dB A4 Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat Major – Allegro Marziale Animato.aif
DR10 -1.05 dB -15.67 dB B Concerto No.2 In A Major.aif
Number of files: 5
Official DR value: DR10
- Composed By – Franz Liszt
- Piano – Samson François
- Conductor – Constantin Silvestri
- Orchestra – Philharmonia Orchestra
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