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  • Performer: Pascal Rogé
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 1995)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Double Decca
  • ASIN: B00000425S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is a wonderful 2-cd Decca set with all of Saint-Saens' piano concertos beautifully played by Pascal Roge. Saint-Saens was a well-known virtuous on the keyboard, and played piano and organ as well as composing for all instrumental types. I remember hearing a story years ago that he played his scales every morning on the piano religiously, and did so while reading the paper at the same time! Good way to practice scales, for sure. His Symphony Number 3, the Organ Symphony, which incorporates organ and keyboards, is one of the most wonderful and amazingly powerful pieces of music ever written, in my opinion.

However, back to the piano concertos. A particularly good feature of this 2-cd set is that we get all of the piano concertos in one package, and all brilliantly interpreted and played by Pascal Roge. The second piano concerto is probably the most well-known today of Saint-Saens' piano concertos, but I think all five of the concertos are wonderful, and certainly well worth having in your music library. They are all, as is all of Saint-Saens' writing, lyrical, melodic, virtuosic but approachable, beautiful music which sings on in your head long after the playing has stopped.

Pascal Roge is an acknowledged master of interpretation and playing of French composers, and has a wide repertoire, including Saint-Saens, Faure, Ravel, Satie and Poulenc. So getting these works played by him, together with the Philhamonia Orchestra (no.s 1 and 4), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (no.2 and 5), and London Philharmonic Orchestra (no. 3), all under Charles Dutoit, is a real bonus. Totally recommended recording and well worth getting hold of.
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By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 May 2010
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This set is slightly odd in more ways than one, but not ways that seem to me to matter much. Not when compared with the set's virtues anyway. I have not experienced one instant's doubt over awarding five stars, and I recommend the set wholeheartedly, but please take note of a few points regarding the recorded quality, as they may weigh more heavily with you than they do with me.

The first oddity is that no fewer than three top orchestras have been engaged to participate in this programme of only five not very long or unduly taxing concertos. The most successful items are the second and fifth, in which the orchestra is the Royal Philharmonic. However I suspect that the real issue has nothing to do with orchestras and everything to do with technical details. Concertos 1, 3 and 4 were recorded in the Kingsway Hall in Holborn in the heart of London, but the town hall in unfashionable Walthamstow happens to house one of the finest recording environments in the world. Concertos 2 and 5 were done there, and under a different producer from the others. The entire series appears to have been recorded (analogue) in 1981, but not only has it featured different orchestras, different recording venues and different producers, the type of sound also differs among concertos 1,3 and 4. The piano tone in no 3 is a little pinched and lacking in bloom, (this one has its own sound engineer), and the effect in no 1 is even slightly peculiar. The piano sounds too close, but in fact not too loud and it does not dominate the orchestra. To tell the truth, it's not unattractive, but it's hardly a model of how to do things either. Most importantly, it does not prevent us from enjoying the languid effortless brilliance of Roge's passagework, still less his elegant patrician phrasing.
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If your CD collection, like mine, has next to nothing by Saint-Saens in it then do go for this remarkably cheap complete set of the Piano Concertos. Saint-Saens was a master craftsman and his piano and orchestral writing is very fine, with many moods and atmospheres set beautifully. Pascal Roge presents all the works with appropriate combinations of brilliance and subtlety, and the support given by Charles Dutoit with all the three different orchestras is beautifully consistent. There is so much to enjoy here, whatever the critics and posterity may have to say about Saint-Saens in general.
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Of the many hundreds of classical CD's I've purchased over the years this gave me the most pleasant surprise. Unfortunately Saint Saens is better known for some of his more trivial pieces ( He wouldn't allow Carnival of the Animals to be issued in his own lifetime for this reason ) but these concertos show his full creative range and power. The style and virtuosity are similar to Chopins piano concertos but in my opinion these pieces have greater depth, which is high praise indeed.

All are are played with supreme fluency by Pascal Roge and the orchestration and recording quality is consistently high for the set having a warm mellow tone which suits the mood of the music perfectly.
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Excellent recordings. Pascal Roge plays Saint-Saens very poetically and good balance with the orchestra. Occasinally the strings sound a little thin but this is normal with cd's. Overall a beautiful cd which really captures the essence of Saint-Saens
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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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