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Jean Philippe Collard's Saint-SaŽns Piano Concertos,
This review is from: Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos 1-5 etc. (Audio CD)
This EMI Gemini set very usefully duplicates an earlier mid-price release from EMI in the now-defunct Double Forte series (Saint-SaŽns: 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-SaŽns, 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-SaŽns: Piano Concertos.