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Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos 1-5 etc. [CD]

Jean-Phillipe Collard , Camille Saint-Saens , Andre Previn , RPO Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: RPO
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0002XV30Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.17: I. Andante - Allegro assaiJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn12:30Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.17: II. Andante sostenuto quasi adagioJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 9:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.17: III. Allegro con fuocoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 6:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22: I. Andante sostenutoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn11:13Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22: II. Allegro scherzandoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 5:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22: III. PrestoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Op.44: I. Allegro moderato - AndanteJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn12:53Album Only
Listen  8. Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Op.44: II. Allegro vivace - Andante - AllegroJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn13:36Album Only


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Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Flat, Op.29: I. Moderato assai - Più mosso (Allegro maestoso)Jean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn14:15Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Flat, Op.29: II. AndanteJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 8:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Flat, Op.29: III. Allegro non troppoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 7:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op.103 'Egyptian': I. Allegro animatoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn11:42Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op.103 'Egyptian': II. Andante - Allegretto tranquillo quasi andantinoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn11:14Album Only
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op.103 'Egyptian': III. Molto allegroJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 6:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wedding Cake in A Flat, Op.76Jean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 6:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Africa - Fantaisie, Op.89Jean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn10:48Album Only


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4.6 out of 5 stars
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to have 12 Aug 2011
By Elpenor
Format:Audio CD
This is simply the set to have for the Saint-Saens Piano Concertos. The performances are uniformly excellent - Collard and Previn have a real rapport and make a great case for these unjustly neglected works. The Pascal Roge set is excellent as well, but if I had to choose I'd go for this one. There's little to choose between the two pianists, but the orchestral playing here is more consistently top-class than the Roge.

If you don't know these works, go for it - it's a great bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a leading contender for this repertoire 4 Feb 2013
By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This set of performances was recorded in the late 1980s when the discs were issued separately. The most attractive one for collectors at that time was the coupling of concertos 2 and 4. Those two concertos have always been considered the strongest with memorable tunes and interesting use of the orchestra and they inevitably made the strongest coupling. The other three make for pleasant but less memorable experiences. These preferences are similar to the way that Saint Saens' violin concerto 3 dwarfs the popularity of his others and the symphony 3 dwarfs the rest of his symphonies, in each case the preferences reflect the compositional strength of the preferred works.

The current successfully re-mastered set of the Collard discs now offers the whole series of piano concertos priced at a lower level than either of the single discs which can still be bought separately from some suppliers. This is a very attractive proposition as, although there are obviously favoured works within the set, the less favoured works are still skilfully written and well worth the occasional airing which is now a more affordable option. The remastering has clarified textures and gives more sense of 'presence' with a good balance between the piano and orchestra.

As regards comparative performances, the Collard set is undoubtedly the most exciting complete set yet available with a very fulsome and open-hearted approach to the music making both pianistically and orchestrally. This, to give an idea of alternative approaches to this music, is in direct contrast with Rubinstein's concerto 2, for example, which is altogether more gentlemanly and refined but less exciting. Thibaudet also goes for a similarly more elegant and slightly cool Gallic approach in his coupling of 2 and 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This EMI Gemini set very usefully duplicates an earlier mid-price release from EMI in the now-defunct Double Forte series (Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos) which I have; this in itself was a compilation of the original single discs (here Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto 1, Wedding Cake etc, here Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto 2, 4, and here Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto 3 & 5). The recordings were made between 1985-87 in Abbey Road, and Jean-Philippe Collard was accompanied by André Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the fairly early DDD recordings sound just fine to me, although I note that EMI felt the need to remaster them in 1999 when the Double Forte set first appeared.

Collard makes the most of this music, written to helpfully display the skill of the soloist without undue virtuosity by Saint-Saëns, and I would say that the set is certainly one of the two top choices for these engaging works, the other being Pascal Roge's set on Decca Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine must have performances heading my list 25 Feb 2014
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I can't be without either the Roge or Collard sets of the complete piano concertos and have to select them as a joint top of my list, with Hough being a very enjoyable close runner up with much to admire in his cycle. Roge and Collard are for me so idiomatic, so Gallic, exploiting the beauties of these scores with virtuosic scintillation and characterisation, but above all with wit. They and Previn and Dutoit in their respective cycles are absolutely tuned in to Saint-Saens. Either of their sets will satisfy but at this bargain price why not have both? Consequently, I am cross referencing this review.
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