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Disc 1:

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  1. Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : I Allegro Moderato (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson Francois19:57Album Only
  2. Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : II Romance (Larghetto) (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson Francois 8:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : III Rondo (Vivace) (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson Francois10:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°2 En Fa Mineur Op.21 : I Maestoso (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson Francois13:49Album Only
  5. Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°2 En Fa Mineur Op.21 : II Larghetto (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson Francois 8:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°2 En Fa Mineur Op.21 : III Allegro (Vivace) (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson Francois 9:07£0.99  Buy MP3 

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  1. Polonaise n°1 en ut dièse mineur Op.26 n°1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Polonaise n°2 en mi bémol mineur Op.26 n°2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 7:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Polonaise n°3 en la majeur Op.40 n°1 ''Militaire'' (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Polonaise n°4 en ut mineur Op.40 n°2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Polonaise n°5 en fa dièse mineur Op.44 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois11:14Album Only
  6. Polonaise n°6 en la bémol majeur Op.53 ''Héroïque'' (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 7:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Polonaise n°7 en la bémol majeur Op.61 ''Polonaise brillante'' (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois12:27Album Only
  8. Andante Spianata Et Grande Polonaise Pour Piano & Orchestre En Mi Bémol Majeur Op.22 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson Francois13:41Album Only

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  1. Polonaise posthume en re min Op.71 No.1Samson Francois 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Polonaise posthume en si bem majeur Op.71 No.2Samson Francois 6:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Polonaise posthume en fa min Op.71 No.3 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Fantaisie en fa mineur Op.49Samson Francois13:21Album Only
  5. Tarentelle en la bemol majeur Op.43Samson Francois 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Barcarolle en fa diese majeur Op.60Samson Francois 8:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Rondo pour 2 pianos en Ut majeur Op.73Samson Francois - Pierre Barbizet 9:12£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

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  1. Ballade n°1 en sol mineur Op.23 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 7:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Ballade N°2 En Fa Majeur Op.38 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 6:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Ballade n°3 en la bémol majeur Op.47 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 7:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Ballade n°4 en fa mineur Op.52 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 9:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Scherzo n°1 en si mineur Op.20 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 8:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Scherzo n°2 en si bémol mineur Op.31 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois10:14Album Only
  7. Scherzo n°3 en ut dièse mineur Op.39 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Scherzo n°4 en mi majeur Op.54 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois11:51Album Only

Disc 5:

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  1. Valse n°1 en mi bémol majeur Op.18 "Grande Valse brillante" (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Valse n°2 en la bémol majeur Op.34 n°1 "Valse brillante" (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Valse n°3 en la mineur Op.34 n°2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Valse n°4 en fa majeur Op.34 n°3 "Valse brillante" (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Valse n°5 en la bémol majeur Op.42 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Valse n°6 en ré bémol majeur Op.64 n°1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Valse n°7 en ut dièse mineur Op.64 n°2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Valse n°8 en la bémol majeur Op.64 n°3 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Valse n°9 en la bémol majeur Op.69 n°1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Valse n°10 en si mineur Op.69 n°2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Valse n°11 en sol bémol majeur Op.70 n°1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Valse n°12 en fa mineur Op.70 n°2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Valse n°13 en ré bémol majeur Op.70 n°3 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 1:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Valse n°14 en min mineur Op. posthume (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Impromptu n°1 en la bémol majeur Op.29 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Impromptu n°2 en fa dièse majeur Op.36 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Impromptu N°3 En Sol Bémol Majeur Op.51 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Impromptu n°4 en ut dièse mineur Op.66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 6:

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  1. Sonate No.2 en si bemol mineur Op.35 : I. GraveSamson Francois 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Sonate No.2 en si bemol mineur Op.35 : II. ScherzoSamson Francois 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Sonate No.2 en si bemol mineur Op.35 : III. MarcheSamson Francois 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Sonate No.2 en si bemol mineur Op.35 : IV. FinaleSamson Francois 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Sonate No.3 en si mineur Op.58 : I. AllegroSamson Francois 9:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Sonate No.3 en si mineur Op.58 : II. ScherzoSamson Francois 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Sonate No.3 en si mineur Op.58 : III. LargoSamson Francois 7:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Sonate No.3 en si mineur Op.58 : IV. FinaleSamson Francois 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. 4 Mazurkas Op.6 : N°1 En Fa Dièse Mineur (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. 4 Mazurkas Op.6 : N°2 En Ut Dièse Mineur (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. 4 Mazurkas Op.6 : N°3 En Mi Majeur (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. 4 Mazurkas Op.6 : N°4 En Mi Bémol Mineur (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François0:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Mazurka No.5 en si bemol majeur Op.7 No.1Samson Francois 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Mazurka No.6 en la mineur Op.7 No.2Samson Francois 1:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Mazurka No.7 en fa mineur Op.7 No.3Samson Francois 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Mazurka No.8 en la bemol majeur Op.7 No.4Samson Francois0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Mazurka No.9 en ut majeur Op.7 No.5Samson Francois0:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Mazurka No.10 en si bemol majeur Op.17 No.1Samson Francois 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Mazurka No.11 en ut majeur Op.17 No.2Samson Francois 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Mazurka No.12 en la bemol majeur Op.17 No.3Samson Francois 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Mazurka No.13 En La Mineur Op.17 No.4Samson François 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Mazurka No.14 en sol mineur Op.24 No.1Samson Francois 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Mazurka No.15 en ut majeur Op.24 No.2Samson Francois 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Mazurka No.16 en sol mineur Op.24 No.3Samson Francois 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Mazurka No.17 en si bemol mineur Op.24 No.4Samson Francois 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 7:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Mazurka No.18 en ut mineur Op.30 No.1Samson Francois 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Mazurka No.19 en si mineur Op.30 No.2Samson Francois 1:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Mazurka No.20 en re bemol majeur Op.30 No.3Samson Francois 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Mazurka No.21 en ut diese mineur Op.30 No.4Samson Francois 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mazurka No.22 en sol diese mineur Op.33 no.1Samson Francois 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mazurka No.23 En Re Majeur Op.33 No.2Samson François 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Mazurka No.24 en ut majeur Op.33 No.3Samson Francois 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Mazurka No.25 en si majeur Op.33 No.4Samson Francois 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Mazurka No.26 en ut diese mineur Op.41 No.1Samson Francois 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Mazurka No.27 en mi mineur Op.41 No.2Samson Francois 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Mazurka No.28 en si majeur Op.41 No.3Samson Francois 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Mazurka No.29 en la bemol majeur Op.41 No.4Samson Francois 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Mazurka No.30 en sol majeur Op.50 No.1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Mazurka No.31 en la bemol majeur Op.50 No.2Samson Francois 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Mazurka No.32 en ut diese mineur Op.50 No.3Samson Francois 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Mazurka No.33 en si majeur Op.56 No.1Samson Francois 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Mazurka No.34 en ut majeur Op.56 No.2Samson Francois 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Mazurka No.35 en si majeur Op.56 No.3Samson Francois 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Mazurka No.36 en la mineur Op.59 No.1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Mazurka No.37 en la bemol majeur Op.59 No.2Samson Francois 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Mazurka No.38 en fa diese mineur Op.59 No.3Samson Francois 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Mazurka No.39 en si majeur Op.63 No.1Samson Francois 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Mazurka No.40 en fa mineur Op.63 No.2Samson Francois 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Mazurka No.41 en ut diese mineur Op.63 No.3Samson Francois 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Mazurka No.42 en sol majeur Op.67 No.1Samson Francois 1:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Mazurka No.43 en sol mineur Op.67 No.2Samson Francois 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Mazurka No.44 en ut majeur Op.67 No.3 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Mazurka No.45 en la mineur Op.67 No.4Samson Francois 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
29. Mazurka No.46 en ut majeur Op.68 No.1Samson Francois 1:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
30. Mazurka No.47 en la mineur Op.68 No.2Samson Francois 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
31. Mazurka No.48 en fa majeur Op.68 No.3Samson Francois 1:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
32. Mazurka No.49 en fa mineur Op.68 No.4Samson Francois 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
33. Mazurka No.50 en la mineurSamson Francois 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
34. Mazurka No.51 en la mineurSamson Francois 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 8:

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  1. Etude No.1 en ut majeur Op.10Samson Francois 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Etude No.2 en la mineur Op.10Samson Francois 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Etude No.3 En Mi Majeur Op.10Samson François 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Etude No.4 en ut diese mineur Op.10Samson Francois 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Etude No.5 en sol bemol majeur Op.10Samson Francois 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Etude No.6 en mi bemol mineur Op.10Samson Francois 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Etude No.7 en ut majeur Op.10Samson Francois 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Etude No.8 en fa majeur Op.10 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Etude No.9 en fa mineur Op.10Samson Francois 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Etude No.10 en la bemol majeur Op.10Samson Francois 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Etude No.11 en mi bemol majeur Op.10Samson Francois 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Etude No.12 En Ut Mineur Op.10Samson François 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Etude No.1 en la bémol majeur Op.25 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Etude No.2 En Fa Mineur Op.25Samson François 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Etude No.3 en fa majeur Op.25Samson Francois 1:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Etude No.4 en la mineur Op.25Samson Francois 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Etude No.5 En Mi Mineur Op.25 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Etude No.6 En Sol Diese Mineur Op.25 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Etude No.7 En Ut Dièse Mineur Op.25 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Etude No.8 en re bémol majeur Op.25Samson Francois 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Etude No.9 en sol bémol majeur Op.25Samson Francois 1:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Etude No.10 en si mineur Op.25Samson Francois 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Etude No.11 en la mineur Op.25Samson Francois 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Etude No.12 En Ut Mineur Op.25 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Nouvelle etude No.1 en fa mineurSamson Francois 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Nouvelle etude No.2 en re bemol majeurSamson Francois 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Nouvelle etude No. en la bemol majeurSamson Francois 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 9:

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  1. Nocturne No.1 En Si Bémol Mineur Op.9 No.1Samson Francois 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Nocturne No.2 en mi bemol majeur Op.9 No.2Samson Francois 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Nocturne No.3 en si majeur Op.9 No.3Samson Francois 6:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Nocturne No.4 en fa majeur Op.15 No.1Samson Francois 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Nocturne No.5 en fa diese majeur Op.15 No.2Samson Francois 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Nocturne No.6 en sol mineur Op.15 No.3Samson Francois 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Nocturne No.7 En Ut Diese Mineur Op.27 No.1Samson François 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Nocturne No.8 en ré bémol majeur Op.27 No.2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson François 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Nocturne No.9 en si majeur Op.32 No.1Samson Francois 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Nocturne No.10 en la bemol majeur Op.32 No.2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson François 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Nocturne No.11 en sol mineur Op.37 No.1Samson Francois 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Nocturne No.12 en sol majeur Op.37 No.2Samson Francois 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Nocturne No.13 en ut mineur Op.48 No.1Samson Francois 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 

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  1. Nocturne No.14 en fa diese mineur Op.48 No.2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson François 6:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Nocturne No.15 en fa mineur Op.55 No.1Samson Francois 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Nocturne No.16 en mi bemol majeur Op.55 No.2Samson Francois 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Nocturne No.17 en si majeur Op.62 No.1Samson Francois 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Nocturne No.18 en mi majeur Op.62 No.2 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson François 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Nocturne No.19 en mi mineur Op.72 No.1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson François 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Prelude No.1 en ut majeur Op.28Samson Francois0:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Prelude No.2 en la mineur Op.28Samson Francois 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Prelude No.3 en sol majeur Op.28Samson Francois0:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Prélude No.4 En Mi Mineur Op.28 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Prelude No.5 en re majeur Op.28Samson Francois0:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Prelude No.6 En Si Mineur Op.28Samson François 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Prelude No.7 en la majeur Op.28Samson Francois0:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Prelude No.8 en fa diese mineur Op.28Samson Francois 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Prelude No.9 en mi majeur Op.28Samson Francois 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Prelude No.10 en ut diese mineur Op.28Samson Francois0:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Prelude No.11 en si majeur Op.28Samson Francois0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Prelude No.12 En Sol Diese Mineur Op.28Samson François 1:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Prelude No.13 en fa diese majeur Op.28Samson Francois 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Prelude No.14 en mi bemol mineur Op.28Samson Francois0:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Prélude No.15 En Ré Bémol Majeur Op.28 ''Goutte D'eau'' (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Prelude No.16 en si bemol mineur Op.28Samson Francois 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Prelude No.17 en la bemol majeur Op.28Samson Francois 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Prelude No.18 en fa mineur Op.28Samson Francois0:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Prelude No.19 en mi bemol majeur Op.28Samson Francois 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Prelude No.20 en ut mineur Op.28Samson Francois 1:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Prelude No.21 en si bemol majeur Op.28Samson Francois 1:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Prelude No.22 En Sol Mineur Op.28 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François0:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
29. Prelude No.23 En Fa Majeur Op.28 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
30. Prelude No.24 En Re Mineur Op.28 (Remasterisé En 1995)Samson François 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Chopin 17 Feb. 2006
By Oldnslow - Published on
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I understand Francois was somewhat of an eccentric, and in a way his playing of these familiar great works are sometimes eccentric, for instance in the tempos of the first movement of the First Concerto and the first movement of the B-flat minor sonata. He is a great magician and poet, however, and these well-recorded readings have given me immense pleasure. Great for a more non-traditional look at Chopin, a composer that allows the performer a lot of leeway to engage in fluctuations of line and tempo without diminishing the works. The Noctures, Ballades, Concerti, Sonatas, Preludes, Polonaises and Etudes are wonderful. The Mazurkas seem pretty cold-hearted and are the low point of the set. However, the highs far outweigh the lows, and I highly recommend this modestly priced set as a very interesting alternative to more traditional approaches. A unique artist.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The One and Only One Chopinist? 25 Jan. 2005
By BLee - Published on
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Samson Francois is more well-known in Europe (or even in Asia) than in US.

Philips, advised by Alfred Brendel among others, presented Samson Francois as one of the greatest pianists of the century. In Philips' list, we do have some extraordinary Chopinists. Fridedman's Mazurkas are said to be unsurpassble, so are Cortot's Preludes & Etudes (or all his Chopin), or Lipatti's Waltzes. Or else, Hofmann's or Rachmaninov's Chopin are just marvelous. But those are historic recordings. While some prefer Moravec or even Arrau's Nocturnes, Rubinstein's Nocturnes, and particularly his Polonaises, like Agerich's Preludes are a sensation. Cziffra's Chopin is superb, so is Freire in general. But we can't leave out Samson as a leading Chopin interpreter.

Samson was perhaps the greatest of Cortot's pupils. From his Chopin Ballades, there are all-embracing colours (by the subtlety of using the pedal among other things) creating rainbow after rainbow. The harmonic suspensions as the nub of the Ballades adds so much to the potency of music. His Nocturnes, darkening the colours in the background creating the right atmostphere together with the poignancy of his narrative power, compare favourably with Arrau's. His Preludes may not be a fiery as Agerich's, but they are more bitter, so bitter that he is a type of his own...

The Nocturnes are recorded in '66. And in any event the earliest recording in the boxset was made in '54 and the re-mastering is so good that unless you make an effort, you won't be able to tell them from modern recordings and yet they are sold at bargain price. Grap it while it is still available.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, Eccentric Chopin 17 Jan. 2004
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Chopin "Piano Works" featured in this 10 CD set from EMI's "Budget Box Series" are excellent, yet eccentric. Those used to the romance and poetry of Rubinstein, the deliberateness and precision of Horowitz, or the power and grace of Pollini may well be in for a shock when it comes to Samson Francois' Chopin. The Piano Concertos, performed with Louis Fremaux conducting the Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra from 1965 (and available as a single disc in EMI's "Great Recordings of the Century" series) are strikingly different from accounts I am more familiar with by Argerich, Bachauer and Gilels. To say their defining characteristic is that they are more French sounding is an understatement. The highlight of this set, which by the way is not a "complete" volume of all of Chopin's piano music, has to be the Ballades (though, like much of the material in this set they are in mono) and the Nocturnes (in stereo from 1966). In turn, the low point is most certainly the Mazurkas -- Artur, where are you when we need you? In all, this is certainly an amazing musical document, and at this budget price, a nice alternative to more accepted readings. But my five-star rating comes with the caveat that this Box Set is not for those looking for there one and only Chopin collection.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The idiosyncratic gaze! 16 Aug. 2006
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Samson Francois' Chopin has overtly overtopped and even redefined the whole concept around Chopin's universe.

As a matter of fact, Alfred Cortot, Dinu Lipatti, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli brought not only a refreshing vision but still better, new perspectives of interpretation, leaving behind the romanticism and approaching him under the idiosyncratic emblem of a bygone era. That's what the previous reviewers have denominated eccentric rather than interpretative renovation, where the dimension of every piece is considered in its own individuality and specific weight, where the concept of miniaturist composer has been substituted by the thinker poet, earning an organic quality and major dramatic scope.

I cannot think about another pianist who may phrase Chopin as Francois did it. So, please do me a favor and firmly decide to acquire it. You will surprise yourself!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Musical appreciation enhanced 15 April 2010
By Dr. James J. Kringas - Published on
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For those who wish to gain an increased appreciation of a composer's work there is no better way than to compare a particular performer's interpretion with that of others. For me,the playing of Samson François adds a fresh insight into Chopin's works, one that enhances an assessment of the playing of other pianists. I'm finding them enlightening and very enjoyable.
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