Samson Francois: L'Edition Integrale (36 CD box set, FLAC)
Samson Francois: L'Edition Integrale (36 CD box set, FLAC)

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Number of Discs: 36 CD box set
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CD 01
Frédéric Chopin
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.1
01. I. Allegro moderato
02. II. Romance
03. III. Rondo

04. Andante spianato et grande Polonaise pour piano et orchestre
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatorie
Conductor: Georges Tzipine

Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.2
05. I. Maestoso
06. II. Larghetto
07. III. Allegro (vivace)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise
Conductor: Paul Kletzki

28.05 & 01.06.1954 (Concerto No.1)
23-24.06.1958 (Concerto No.2)
28.11.1957 (Andante spianato)

CD 02
Frédéric Chopin
Sonate No.2 Op.35
01. 1. Grave – Doppio movimento
02. 2. Scherzo
03. 3. Marche funerbe
04. 4. Finale (presto)

14 Valses
05. No.1 Op.18 Grande Valse brilliante
06. No.2 Op.34 No.1 Valse brilliante
07. No.3 Op.34 No.2
08. No.4 Op.34 No.3 Valse brilliante
09. No.5 Grande valse Op.42
10. No.6 Op.64 No.1
11. No.7 Op.64 No.2
12. No.8 Op.64 No.3
13. No.9 Op.69 No.1
14. No.10 Op.69 No.2
15. No.11 Op.70 No.1
16. No.12 Op.70 No.2
17. No.13 Op.70 No.3
18. No.14 Op. posth.

07.06.1955 (Sonate No.2)
02-04.07.1958 (Valses)

CD 03
Frédéric Chopin
01. Ballade No.4 Op.52
02. Etude Op.25 No.5
03. Etude Op.10 No.10
04. Valse No.11 Op.70 No.1
05. Impromptu No.1 Op.29
06. Nocturne No.2 Op.9 No.2
07. Valse No.1 Op.18 Grande Valse brilliante
08. Scherzo No.3 Op.39
09. Prelude Op.28 No.1
10. Nocturne No.4 Op.15 No.1
11. Etude Op.25 No.2
12. Etude Op.10 No.12
13. Valse No.13 Op.70 No.3
14. Valse No.7 Op.64 No.2
15. Grande Polonaise Op.22

Sonate No.2 Op.35
16. I. Grave Doppio movimento
17. II. Scherzo
18. III. Marche funebre
19. IV. Finale (presto)

24-25.06.1952 (1-9)
01-02.12.1955 (10-15)
24.09.1956 (16-19)

CD 04
Frédéric Chopin
4 Scherzos
01. No.1 Op.20
02. No.2 Op.31
03. No.3 Op.39
04. No.4 Op.54

24 Preludes Op.28
05. No.1
06. No.2
07. No.3
08. No.4
09. No.5
10. No.6
11. No.7
12. No.8
13. No.9
14. No.10
15. No.11
16. No.12
17. No.13
18. No.14
19. No.15
20. No.16
21. No.17
22. No.18
23. No.19
24. No.20
25. No.21
26. No.22
27. No.23
28. No.24

14-15.09.1955, 26-27.09.1955, 29.09.1955 (Scherzos)
3-4.02.1959, 6.02.1959, 10-11.02.1959 (Preludes)

CD 05
Frédéric Chopin
4 Ballades
01. No.1 Op.23
02. No.2 Op.38
03. No.3 Op.47
04. No.4 Op.52

Mazurkas
05. No.1 Op.6 No.1
06. No.2 Op.6 No.2
07. No.3 Op.6 No.3
08. No.4 Op.6 No.4
09. No.5 Op.7 No.1
10. No.6 Op.7 No.2
11. No.7 Op.7 No.3
12. No.8 Op.7 No.4
13. No.9 Op.7 No.5
14. No.10 Op.17 No.1
15. No.11 Op.17 No.2
16. No.12 Op.17 No.3
17. No.13 Op.17 No.4
18. No.14 Op.24 No.1
19. No.15 Op.24 No.2
20. No.16 Op.24 No.3
21. No.17 Op.24 No.4
22. No.18 Op.30 No.1
23. No.19 Op.30 No.2
24. No.20 Op.30 No.3
25. No.21 Op.30 No.4
26. No.22 Op.33 No.1
27. No.23 Op.33 No.2
28. No.24 Op.33 No.3
29. No.25 Op.33 No.4

27-29.10.1954 (Ballades)
03.02.1956, 16-17.02.1956, 5-6.04.1956, 20-22.04.1956 (Mazurkas)

CD 06
Frédéric Chopin
Mazurkas
01. No.26 Op.41 No1
02. No.27 Op.41 No2
03. No.28 Op.41 No3
04. No.29 Op.41 No4
05. No.30 Op.50 No1
06. No.31 Op.50 No2
07. No.32 Op.50 No3
08. No.33 Op.56 No.1
09. No.34 Op.56 No.2
10. No.35 Op.56 No.3
11. No.36 Op.59 No.1
12. No.37 Op.59 No.2
13. No.38 Op.59 No.3
14. No.39 Op.63 No.1
15. No.40 Op.63 No.2
16. No.41 Op.63 No.3
17. No.42 Op.67 No.1
18. No.43 Op.67 No.2
19. No.44 Op.67 No.3
20. No.45 Op.67 No.4
21. No.46 Op.68 No.1
22. No.47 Op.68 No.2
23. No.48 Op.68 No.3
24. No.49 Op.68 No.4
25. No.50 Op. posth
26. No.51 Op. posth

4 Impromptus
27. No.1 Op.29
28. No.2 Op.36
29. No.3 Op.51
30. No.4 Op.66 Fantasie-Impromptu

16-17.02.1956, 5-6.04.1956, 20-22.04.1956 (Mazurkas)
27.11.1957 (Impromptus)

CD 07
Frédéric Chopin
Etudes, Op.10
01. No.1
02. No.2
03. No.3
04. No.4
05. No.5
06. No.6
07. No.7
08. No.8
09. No.9
10. No.10
11. No.11
12. No.12

Etudes, Op.25
13. No.1
14. No.2
15. No.3
16. No.4
17. No.5
18. No.6
19. No.7
20. No.8
21. No.9
22. No.10
23. No.11
24. No.12

Polonaises 1-3
25. No.1 Op.26 No.1
26. No.2 Op.26 No.2
27. No.3 Op.40 No.1 Militaire

26.02.1958, 02.07.1958 (Polonaises)
5, 19, 23-24,26.09.1958; 1, 3, 7, 13.10.1958; 9, 12.02.1959 (Etudes)

CD 08
Frédéric Chopin
Polonaises 4-7
01. No.4 Op.40 No.2
02. No.5 Op.44
03. No.6 Op.53 Heroique
04. No.7 Polonaise-fantaisie Op.61

Sonate No.2 Op.35
05. I. Grave – Doppio movimento
06. II. Scherzo
07. III. Marche funebre
08. IV. Finale (presto)

Sonate No.3 Op.58
09. I. Allegro maestoso
10. II. Scherzo (molto vivace)
11. III. Largo
12. IV. Finale (presto, ma non tanto)

24.02.1958, 02.07.1958 (Polonaises)
9-11, 20.04.1964; 11, 15.05.1964; 17.06.1964 (Sonates)

CD 09
Frédéric Chopin
14 Valses
01. No.1 Op.18 Grande Valse brilliante
02. No.2 Op.34 No.1 Valse brilliante
03. No.3 Op.34 No.2
04. No.4 Op.34 No.3 Valse brilliante
05. No.5 Grande valse Op.42
06. No.6 Op.64 No.1
07. No.7 Op.64 No.2
08. No.8 Op.64 No.3
09. No.9 Op.69 No.1
10. No.10 Op.69 No.2
11. No.11 Op.70 No.1
12. No.12 Op.70 No.2
13. No.13 Op.70 No.3
14. No.14 Op. posth.

Nocturnes 1-6
15. No.1 Op.9 No.1
16. No.2 Op.9 No.2
17. No.3 Op.9 No.3
18. No.4 Op.15 No.1
19. No.5 Op.15 No.2
20. No.6 Op.15 No.3

14, 15, 29 & 30.01.1963 (Valses)
17, 18, 20.05.1966 (Nocturnes)

CD 10
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturnes 7-19
01. No.7 Op.27 No.1
02. No.8 Op.27 No.2
03. No.9 Op.32 No.1
04. No.10 Op.32 No.2
05. No.11 Op.37 No.1
06. No.12 Op.37 No.2
07. No.13 Op.48 No.1
08. No.14 Op.48 No.2
09. No.15 Op.55 No.1
10. No.16 Op.55 No.2
11. No.17 Op.62 No.1
12. No.18 Op.62 No.2
13. No.19 Op.72 No.1

14. Rondo pour deux pianos Op.73
Pierre Barbizet, piano

Trois Nouvelles Etudes Op. posth.
15. No.1
16. No.2
17. No.3

09.04.1966 (Etudes)
18, 20.05.1966; 5-8, 18.07.1966 (Nocturnes)
13.12.1966 (Rondo)

CD 11
Frédéric Chopin
01. Fantasie Op.49
02. Barcarolle Op.60
03. Tarantelle Op.43
04. Polonaise No. 6 Op.53 Heroique
05. Nocturne No.5 Op.15 No.2
06. Impromptu No.4 Op.66 Fantasie-Impromptu
07. Etude Op.10 No.3
08. Etude Op.10 No.5
09. Etude Op.25 No.2
10. Etude Op.10 No.12
11. Ballade No.1 Op.23
12. Valse No.7 Op.64 No.2
13. Valse No.6 Op.64 No.1
14. Valse No.9 Op.69 No.1
15. Scherzo No.2 Op.31

20, 21, 23, 28.06.1960; 11, 12, 22, 23.07.1960 (4-15)
1, 7-9.03.1966 (1-3)

CD 12
Frédéric Chopin
01. Ballade No.4 Op.52
02. Etude Op.10 No.10
03. Etude Op.25 No.5
04. Valse No.11 Op.70 No.1
05. Impromptu No.1 Op.29
06. Nocturne No.2 Op.9 No.2
07. Valse No.1 Op.18 Grande Valse brilliante
08. Scherzo No.3 Op.39
09. Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Op.22

25-28.08.1960 (1-8)
31.01.1969 (9)

CD 13
Frédéric Chopin
Polonaises
01. No.1 Op.26 No.1
02. No.2 Op.26 No.2
03. No.3 Op.40 No.1 Militaire
04. No.4 Op.40 No.2
05. No.5 Op.44
06. No.6 Op.53 Heroique
07. No.7 Op.61 Polonaise brilliante

3 Polonaises posthumes Op.71
08. No.1
09. No.2
10. No.3

3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13.12.1968; 27, 31.1.1969

CD 14
Frédéric Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, op.11
01. I. Allegro maestoso
02. II. Romanze: Larghetto
03. III. Rondo: Vivace

Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, op.21
04. I. Maestoso
05. II. Larghetto
06. III. Allegro vivace

Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Conductor: Louis Fremaux

13-15.07.1965

CD 15
Maurice Ravel
Concerto pour piano et orchestre
01. 1. Allegramente
02. 2. Adagio assai
03. 3. Presto

04. Concerto pour la main gauche

Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatorie
Conductor: Andre Cluytens

Le Tombeau de Couperin, suite for piano
05. Prelude
06. Fugue
07. Forlane
08. Rigaudon
09. Menuet
10. Toccata

Gaspard dela nuit
11. Ondine
12. Le Gibet
13. Scarbo

28-31.01.1957; 16.04.1957; 10.10.1957; 25.02.1958 (Tombeau)
01.02.1957; 12.03.1957; 16-17.04.1957; 25.02.1958 (Gaspard)
1-3.07.1959 (Concertos)

CD 16
Maurice Ravel
Gaspard de la nuit
01. Ondine
02. Le gibet
03. Scarbo

Sonatine
04. I. Modere
05. II. Mouvement de menuet
06. III. Anime

Le tombeau de Couperin
07. Prelude
08. Fugue
09. Forlane
10. Rigaudon
11. Menuet
12. Toccata

13. Menuet antique

Ma Mere l’Oye
14. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
15. Petit poucet
16. Laideronnette
17. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete
18. Le jardin feerique
Pierre Barbizet, piano

22-23.03.1967; 04.04.1967; 3, 5-7.06.1967 (Gaspard)
1-3.06.1967 (Tombeau)
08.06.1967 (Sonatine)
09.06.1967 (Ma Mere l’Oye)
17-18.07.1967 (Menuet antique)

CD 17
Maurice Ravel
01. Pavane pour une infante defunte

Valses nobles et sentimentales
02. Modere, tres franc
03. Assez lent
04. Modere
05. Assez anime
06. Presque lent
07. Vif
08. Moins vif
09. Epilogue: lent

10. Prelude

11. A la maniere de … Emmanuel Chabrier

12. A la maniere de …Borodine

13. Jeux d’eau

14. Menuet sur le nom de Haydn

Miroirs
15. Noctuelles
16. Oiseaux tristes
17. Une barque sur l’ocean
18. Alborada del gracioso
19. La Valle des cloches

Cesar Franck
Prelude, choral et fugue
20. Prelude
21. Choral
22. Fugue

14.09.1955 (Franck)
28.09.1966, 11.10.1966 (Jeux d’eau)
5-6.06.1967; 17-18, 20.07.1967 (Miroirs)
19.07.1967 (Valses)
20.07.1967 (Pavane)
21.07.1967 (other)

CD 18
Cesar Franck
Quintette pour piano, 2 violons, alto & violoncelle en fa mineur
01. I. Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro
02. II. Lento, con molto sentimento
03. III. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco
Quator Bernede

Gabriel Faure
Quatuor pour piano, violon, alto & violoncelle No.1 en ut mineur, Op.15
04. I. Allegro molto moderato
05. II. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
06. III. Adagio
07. IV. Allegro molto
Members du Quator Bernede

17, 18, 20.12.1968 (Faure)
30.06.1970; 1, 3, 10.07.1970 (Franck)

CD 19
Gabriel Faure
01. Nocturne No.6 Op.63
02. Impromptu No.2 Op.31
03. Nocturne No.2 Op.33 No.2
04. Nocturne No.4 Op.36
05. Impromptu No.2 Op.31

Claude Debussy
06. L’Isle joyeuse

Quatre Preludes, Livre I
07. No.8 La fille aux cheveux de lin
08. No.10 La cathedrale engloutie
09. No.11 La danse de Puck
10. No.12 Minstrels

11. La plus que lente, valse

Pour le piano
12. I. Prelude
13. II. Sarabande
14. III. Toccata

15. Etude No.11 Livre II: pour les arpeges composes

Suite bergamasque
16. III. Clair de lune
17. IV. Passepied

12.09.1955; 04.10.1955 (3, 5)
13.09.1955 (4)
12, 16.12.1968 (1-2)
12, 17-19.07.1961 (6-17)

CD 20
Claude Debussy
Peludes, Livre I
01. Danseuses de delphes
02. Voiles
03. Le vent danse la plaine
04. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir
05. Les collines d’Anacapri
06. Des pas sur la neige
07. Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest
08. La fille aux cheveux de lin
09. La serenade interrompue
10. La cathedrale engloutie
11. La danse de Puck
12. Minstrels

Peludes, Livre II
13. Brouillards
14. Feuilles mortes
15. La Puerta del Vino
16. Les fees sont d’exquises danseuses
17. Bruyeres
18. General Lavine eccentric
19. La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune
20. Ondine
21. Hommage a S.Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C.
22. Canope
23. Feux d’artifice

23-24.04.1968; 15.05.1968; 16, 19, 22, 23.07.1968 (Livre I)
23, 24, 26-28.05.1969 (Livre II)

CD 21
Claude Debussy
Images 1 serie
01. Reflets dans l’eau
02. Homage a Rameau
03. Mouvement

Images 2 serie
04. Cloches a travers les feuilles
05. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
06. Poissons d’or

07. Masques

08. Reverie

09. Arabesque No.1

10. Arabesque No.2

Etudes, Livre II
11. No.7 Pour les degres chromatiques
12. No.8 Pour les agrements
13. No.10 Pour les sonorites opposees
14. No.11 Pour les arpeges composes
15. No.12 Pour les accords

16. Berceuse heroique

16.02.1968; 18, 22.03.1968; 18.04.1968 (Images I)
25,26.06.1969; 20, 23.10.1969 (Images II)
5.10.1970 (Arabesques)
19.10.1970 (Reverie)
20.10.1970 (Berceuse)
21-23.05.1969 (Etudes)
24.05.1969 (Masques)

CD 22
Claude Debussy
Children’s Corner
01. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
02. Jimbo’s Lullaby
03. Serenade of the Doll
04. The snow Dancing
05. The Little Shepherd
06. Golliwogg’s Cake-walk

Estampes
07. Pagodes
08. La soiree dans Grenade
09. Jardins sous la pluie

Suite bergamasque
10. Prelude
11. Menuet
12. Clair de lune
13. Passepied

Pour le piano
14. Prelude
15. Sarabande
16. Toccata

Rene Challan
Concerto pour piano et orchestre Op.20
17. Allegro
18. Lent
19. Tres vif
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatorie
Conductor: Georges Tzipine

CD 23
Samson François
01. Concerto pour piano et orchestre
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatorie
Conductor: Georges Tzipine

Ballade pour un voyou
02. Theme de Vincent
03. Fuite de vincent
04. Generique
05. Theme de jazz
Jimmy Gourley, guitare
Maurice Vander, piano
Pierre Michelot, basse
Christian Garros, batterie
Orchestre dirige par Samson François

Paul Hindemith
Les quatre Temperaments
06. Tema
07. 1re variation: melancholisch
08. 2e variation: sanguinisch
09. 3e variation: phlegmatisch
10. 4e variation: cholerisch
Orchestre de chambre de Toulouse
Conductor: Louis Auriacombe

15.09.1953 (Concerto)
6, 8.03.1958 (Temperaments)
22.03.1963 (Ballade)

CD 24
Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 564
Toccata, adagio et fugue
01. Toccata
02. Adagio
03. Fugue

04. Choral ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
05. Choral Nun freut euch, Lieben Christen g’mein, BWV 734

Prelude et fugue, BWV 543
06. Prelude
07. Fugue

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
08. Variatins sur ‘Ah! vous dirai-je Maman’

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate No.8 ‘Pathetique’ Op.13
09. Grave – Allegro molto e con brio
10. Adagio
11. Rondo (allegro)

Sonate No.14 ‘Clair de lune’ Op.27 No.2
12. Adagio sostenuto
13. Allegretto
14. Presto agitato

06.06.1955 (BWV 564)
01.12.1954 (BWV 543)
27.10.1955 (Mozart, Chorals)
12.04.1963 (Op.13)
29-30.04.1963 (Op.27 No.2)

CD 25
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate No.23 Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’
01. Sonate No.23 ‘Appassionata’ – Allegro assai
02. Sonate No.23 ‘Appassionata’ – Andante con moto
03. Sonate No.23 ‘Appassionata’ – Allegro ma non troppo

Robert Schumann
Papillons, Op.2
04. Introduzione (Moderato)
05. I
06. II Prestissimo
07. III
08. IV Presto
09. V
10. VI
11. VII Semplice
12. VIII
13. IX Prestissimo
14. X Vivo
15. XI
16. XII Finale

Etudes Symphoniques, Op.13
17. Theme
18. Variation I
19. Variation II
20. Variation III
21. Variation IV
22. Variation V
23. Variation VI
24. Variation VII
25. Variation VIII
26. Variation IX
27. Variation X
28. Variation XI
29. Finale

Carnaval, Op.9
30. Preambule
31. Pierrot
32. Arlequin
33. Valse noble
34. Eusebius
35. Florestan
36. Coquette
37. Replique
38. Sphinxes
39. Papillons
40. A.S.C.H. – S.C.H.A: Lettres Dansantes
41. Chiarina
42. Chopin
43. Estrella
44. Reconnaissance
45. Pantalon et Colombine
46. Valse allemande
47. Aveu
48. Promenade
49. Pause
50. Marche des ‘Davidsbundler’ contre les Philistins

01.03.1955 (Etudes Symphoniques)
08.06.1955 (Papillons)
1, 2, 4.02.1956 (Carnaval)
1963 (Beethoven)

CD 26
Robert Schumann
Concerto pour piano et orchestre Op.54
01. I. Allegro affetuoso
02. II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
03. III. Allegro vivace
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise
Conductor: Paul Kletzki

04. Toccata Op.7

Franz Liszt
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.1
05. I. Allegro maestoso
06. II. Quasi adagio
07. III. Allegro vivace
08. IV. Allegro marziale animato

09. Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.2

Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Constantin Silvestri

01.07.1954 (Toccata)
25-27.06.1958 (Concerto de Schumann)
13-14.06.1960 (Liszt)

CD 27
Felix Mendelssohn
Trois Romances sans paroles
01. Op. 62 No.6 ‘Chanson du printemps’
02. Op. 67 No.5
03. Op.19 No.4

04. Andante et rondo capriccioso Op.14

Deux Romances sans paroles
05. Op.67 No.5
06. Op.62 No.5 Chanson du printemps

Franz Liszt
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.1
07. I. Allegro maestoso
08. II. Quasi adagio
09. III. Allegro vivace
10. IV. Allegro marziale animato
Orchetre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Conductor: Georges Tzipine

Rhapsodies hongroises 1 a 5
11. No.1
12. No.2
13. No.3
14. No.4
15. No.5

02, 26.10.1953; 16, 26.11.1953; 13.12.1953; 15.01.1954; 29-30.03.1954 (11-15)
01.06.1954 (7-10)
15.05.1958 (1-3)
30.06.1961 (4-6)

CD 28
Franz Liszt
Rhapsodies hongroises 6 a 15
01. No.6
02. No.7
03. No.8 Capriccio
04. No.9 Carnaval de Pesth
05. No.10 Preludio
06. No.11
07. No.12
08. No.13
09. No.14
10. No.15 “Rakoczy”

02, 26.10.1953; 16, 26.11.1953; 13.12.1953; 15.01.1954; 29-30.03.1954

CD 29
Serge Prokofiev
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.3 Op.26
01. I. Andante – Allegro
02. II. Theme et variations
03. III. Allegro ma non troppo
Orchetre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Conductor: Andre Cluytens

04. Toccata Op.11

Six Visions fugitives
05. No.1
06. No.3
07. No.6
08. No.17
09. No.4
10. No.18

11. Toccata Op.11

Bela Bartok
Deux Elegies
12. No.1 Grave
13. No.2 Molto adagio

Alexandre Scriabine
Sonate No.3 Op.23
14. I. Drammatico
15. II. Allegretto
16. III. Andante
17. IV. Presto con fuoco

24.01.1953; 23.03.1953 (Concerto)
04.04.1953 (Toccata pl.4, Visions)
01.07.1954 (Toccata pl.11)
04.10.1955 (Bartock)
20.07.1961 (Scriabine)

CD 30
Serge Prokofiev
Sonate No.7 Op.83
01. I. Allegro inquieto
02. II. Andante caloroso
03. III. Precipitato

Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.3 Op.26
04. I. Andante – Allegro
05. II. Tema con variazioni
06. III. Allegro, ma non troppo

Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.5 Op.55
07. I. Allegro con brio
08. II. Moderato ben accentuato
09. III. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco
10. IV. Larghetto
11. V. Vivo
Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Witold Rowicki

21.07.1961 (Sonate)
27-29.06.1963 (Concertos)

CD 31
Frederic Chopin
01. Ballade No.1 Op.23
02. Etude Op.10 No.2
03. Etude Op.25 No.9
04. Prelude Op.28 No.16
05. Prelude Op.28 No.17

Maurice Ravel
06. Scarbo, extrait de ‘Gaspard de la nuit’

Samson Francois
Magies noires
07. No.2
08. No.3

Camille Saint-Saens
09. Toccata, Etude Op.111 No.6

Claude Debussy
Trois etudes
10. Pour les agrements
11. Pour les sonorites opposees
12. Pour les accords

Robert Schumann
13. Impromptu sur un theme de Clara Wieck

Papillons Op.2
14. Introduzione (Moderato)
15. I
16. II. Prestissimo
17. III
18. IV. Presto
19. V
20. VI
21. VII. Semplice
22. VIII
23. IX. Prestissimo
24. X. Vivo
25. XI
26. XII. Finale

CD 32
Robert Schumann
Concerto pour piano et orchestre Op.54
01. I. Allegro affetuoso
02. II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
03. III. Allegro vivace
Orchestre National de la RTF
Conductor: Charls Munch
Novembre 1957

Franz Liszt
04. Valse-Impromptu
05. Le Rossignol
06. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
07. Chasse sauvage
08. Eroica
09. Reminiscences de Don Juan

CD 33
Bela Bartok
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.3
01. I. Allegretto
02. II. Andante religioso
03. III. Allegro vivace
Orchestre National de l’ORTF
Conductor: David Zinman
11.10.1969

Serge Prokofiev
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.5 Op.55
04. I. Allegro con brio
05. II. Moderato ben accentuato
06. III. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco
07. IV. Larghetto
08. V. Vivo
Orchestre National de la RTF
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
21.09.1958

Cesar Franck
09. Variations Symphoniques pour piano et orchestre
Orchestre National de la RTF
Conductor: Andre Cluytens
1953

CD 34
Franz Liszt
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.1
01. I. Allegro maestoso
02. II. Quasi adagio
03. III. Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato
04. IV. Allegro marziale animato
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Masashi Ueda

Robert Schumann
Papillons Op.2
05. Introduzione (Moderato)
06. I
07. II Prestissimo
08. III
09. IV Presto
10. V
11. VI
12. VII Semplice
13. VIII
14. IX Prestissimo
15. X Vivo
16. XI
17. XII Finale

Kinderszenen Op.15
18. Von fremden Landern und Menschen
19. Kuriose Geschichte
20. Hasche-Mann
21. Bittendes Kind
22. Gluckes genug
23. Wichtige Begebenheit
24. Traumerei
25. Am Kamin
26. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
27. Fast zu ernst
28. Ferchtenmachen
29. Kind im Einschlummem
30. Der Dichter spricht

Frederic Chopin
31. Polonaise No.3 Op.40 No.1

Quatre Mazurkas
32. No.5 Op.7 No.1
33. No.6 Op.7 No.2
34. No.7 Op.7 No.3
35. No.20 Op.30 No.3

36. Ballade No.4 Op.52

06.12.1956 (1-4)
8-9.06.1967 (5-36)

CD 35
Recital a la Salle Pleyel, 17 janvier 1964
Frederic Chopin
01. Fantasie Op.49
02. Impromptu No.1 Op.29
03. Nocturne No.2 Op.9 No.2
04. Valse No.7 Op.64 No.2

Sonate No.2 Op.35
05. I. Grave – Doppio movimento
06. II. Scherzo
07. III. Marche funebre: Lento
08. IV. Finale: Presto

09. Ballade No.3 Op.47
10. Nocturne No.4 Op.15 No.1
11. Etude Op.10. No.10
12. Etude Op.25. No.5
13. Etude Op.25. No.2
14. Etude Op.10. No.12
15. Etude Op.10. No.5
16. Etude Op.25. No.9

CD 36
Recital a la Salle Pleyel, 20 janvier 1964
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonate No.4
01. I. Adagio
02. II. Menuetto I & II
03. III. Allegro

Frederic Chopin
Sonate No.3 Op.58
04. I. Allegro maestoso
05. II. Scherzo (molto vivace)
06. III. Largo

Robert Schumann
Kinderszenen Op.15
07. Von freomden Landern und Menschen
08. Kuriose Geschichte
09. Hasche-Mann
10. Bittendes Kind
11. Gluckes genug
12. Wichtige Begebenheit
13. Traumerei
14. Am Kamin
15. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
16. Fast zu ernst
17. Furchtenmachen
18. Kind im Einschlummem
19. Der Dichter spricht

Serge Prokofiev
Sonate No.7 Op.83
20. I. Allegro inquieto
21. II. Andante caloroso
22. III. Precipitato

Franz Liszt
23. Le Rossignol

Frederic Chopin
24. Valse No.6 Op.64 No.1
25. Valse No.1 Op.18 Grande Valse brilliante

A Great and Underappreciated Pianist

This is another one of EMI’s blockbuster bargain anthologies. Samson Francois was one of the greatest French pianists of his generation. Though underappreciated (at least today), and sometimes misunderstood as something of a facile dilettante, he was in fact a tremendous artist with a huge repertoire, a scintillating touch, and a highly distinctive interpretive profile. He was a pianist not afraid to take risks–technically and interpretively; his renditions of standard repertoire may sometimes be unconventional, but they are always instantly recognizable. In these respects his pianism resembles another keyboard giant at work in France during the Fifties and Sixties–namely Georges Cziffra. Like Cziffra, Francois remains a controversial pinist, and his Chopin, in particular, may strike some listeners as idiosyncratic. At his best, however–which he was usually in French repertoire and more intermittently in other composers–he has rarely been surpassed for poise, precision and poetry. Most of the contents of this EMI box have been previously reissued, and I have acquired them in one incarnation or another. They constitute some of the most delightful piano recordings in my collection; I keep coming back to them, enriched and sometimes provoked to reconsider long-standing expectations about how certain repertoire should be played.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this fascinating and frequently enthralling artist at length!

7 Comments

  1. What a fascinating artist Francois was. His Debussy and Ravel are magnificent……..

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