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4.0 out of 5 stars
At last, a pianist who understands the piece!, 19 Feb 2011
When I was 11 years old, I discovered a mono recording of John Ogdon playing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1. It was powerful and pleasant. But what captivated me was the filler, Cesar Franck's Symphonic Variations. It became the first pocket score I ever owned.
The piece requires a belief that it makes orchestral 'sense', that there's a purpose to the way it is scored and structured, and for years I have sought pianist and conductors who had this trust in Franck. I had been unsuccessful until now. From the passionate, and slightly disturbed statements, to the rippling duet with the cellos, this performance works. This is a 5 star for me.
I cannot comment on the other works as I'm not as familiar with them. I am content to drift away listening to the variations- and few recordings let me do that.