HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Seraphim) Frederyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 (François)

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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: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Pierre Barbizet, Samson François
Orchestra: Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Conductor: Louix Fremaux
Vinyl (1965-67)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Seraphim
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 811 MB
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Samson François gave a knockout performances and perhaps the definitive versions about these works for piano. The sense of the span and majesty achieved by Francois in this recording is a fact without matchers in the market.
François was a one of the most remarkable pupils of Alfred Cortot. Tht’s a good point to his favour , because Cortot and Michelangeli were pianist who played with elegant expression and deep sense of the color tonal. Warning for instance the preludes of Chopin by Cortot in 1928 and you’ll feel the difference.
This approach made François played Chopin free of any kind of romanticism, but with poetic sense, So, the notes fall with impresionistic flowness. Besides don’t forget that Artur Rubinstein established for the western audiences the concept of Chopin as the last romantic pianist with the fever and dying pain. The sound was excessively flat. The notes seeked the first level of melancholy itself without inner universe, and so lack of powerful gaze.

Chopin was a poet and these works demand not only raprure but commitment, glorious sound, humor and detailed intention of every note. The delicate equilibrium between pianos and pianissiomos, and when you must sound forte is a vital concern because if you don’t you fail.

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. 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.



  Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21  
A1 1, Maestoso 13:49
A2 2, Larghetto 8:19
B1 3, Allegro vivace 9:07
B2 Rondo In C For Two Pianos, Op. 73 9:17


Analyzed folder: /96k Chopin – Concerto No. 2 – Francois
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.60 dB     -17.55 dB     A1 Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 – 1, Maestoso.aif
DR13        -3.57 dB     -21.58 dB     A2 Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 – 2, Larghetto.aif
DR12        -0.64 dB     -16.97 dB     B1 Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 – 3, Allegro vivace.aif
DR13        -1.24 dB     -18.26 dB     B2 Rondo In C For Two Pianos, Op. 73.aif
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR13

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11 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Seraphim) Frederyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 (François)

  1. June 21, 1969
    The Troy Record from Troy, New York · Page 48
    Publication: The Troy Record i Location: Troy, New York
    Issue Date: Saturday, June 21, 1969
    Page: Page 48

    New Releases (S) Chopin: Concerto No. 2 and Rondo in “C for. 2 Pianos (Monte-Carlo Opera Orch.-Fremaux; Samson Francois piano with Pierre Barbizet; Seraphim S-G0109)

    So the Release was 1969 in the US, 1970 in Canada

  2. I just listened to this album very nice performance. I always like Sanson Francois he delivers with passion. Got several of his recordings always great to hear. Thanks very much!!

  3. Thank you for this post. New for me is the rondo with Pierre Barbizet.
    The Chopin concerto was recorded 1965 on Pathé Marconi.
    Greetings Trottar

  4. Gorgeously scintillating pianism, and exciting Orchestra.
    And the sound on this one is incredibly pure and exciting also.

    This to me is a Blue Ribbon recording from first to last.
    Thank you, Sir Alf.

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