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When it came to complete recordings of the solo piano works of Chopin in the middle years of the 20th century, there was a time Samson François represented the French school and Artur Rubinstein represented the Polish school, and then there was everybody else. But François' was the only truly complete set, since he recorded all the published and some of the unpublished works, while Rubinstein conspicuously left out the etudes. Beyond completeness, François represented the French school in more than name; he was an individualist who did things his own way. In practice, this works out spectacularly well in some cases and less well in others. Much of it depends on the difficulty of the piece or the passage. Some of the etudes are sensitively played, and parts of the G minor Ballade are very beautifully phrased. The more difficult etudes and the conclusion of the Ballade are hit or miss, with more misses than hits. And so it goes, with the easy preludes like the E minor and the A minor coming off as fresh and spontaneous, while all of the Scherzos seem at any moment ready to go spinning out of control. Anyone interested in studying the evolution of Chopin playing in the 20th century should have an interest in these recordings, but it seems unlikely that François' style of playing will experience a revival because of the reissue of this 10-disc set.
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1
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro maestoso
00:20:02

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1967 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: II. Romance. Larghetto
00:08:53

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1967 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: III. Rondo. Vivace
00:10:56

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1967 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: I. Maestoso
00:13:48

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1967 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. Larghetto
00:08:23

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1967 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivace
00:09:08

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1967 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

7
2 Polonaises, Op. 26: No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor
00:06:29

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

8
2 Polonaises, Op. 26: No. 2 in E-Flat Minor
00:07:53

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

9
2 Polonaises, Op. 40: No. 1 in A Major "Military"
00:04:42

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

10
2 Polonaises, Op. 40: No. 2 in C Minor
00:05:57

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Polonaise in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44
00:11:15

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53 "Heroic"
00:07:05

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969, 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France

13
Polonaise-fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61
00:12:24

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22 (Solo Piano Version)
00:13:41

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

15
3 Polonaises, Op. Posth. 71: No. 1 in D Minor
00:04:42

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

16
3 Polonaises, Op. Posth. 71: No. 2 in B-Flat Major
00:06:39

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

17
3 Polonaises, Op. Posth. 71: No. 3 in F Minor
00:06:03

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1969 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49
00:13:21

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1966, 2010 Warner Music France

19
Tarantelle in A-Flat Major, Op. 43
00:03:40

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1966 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company.

20
Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60
00:08:30

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1966 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company.

21
Rondo for Two Pianos in C Major, Op. Posth. 73
00:09:15

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist - Pierre Barbizet, Piano, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1967 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

22
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
00:07:44

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1955 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

23
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
00:06:52

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1955 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

24
Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47
00:07:07

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1955 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

25
Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
00:09:25

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1955 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

26
Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
00:08:31

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1956 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

27
Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
00:10:15

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1956 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

28
Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39
00:06:46

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1956 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

29
Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
00:12:02

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1956 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

30
Grande valse brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 18
00:05:03

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

31
Waltz No. 2 in A-Flat Major, Op. 34 No. 1
00:05:24

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

32
Waltz No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 34 No. 2
00:04:47

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

33
Waltz No. 4 in F Major, Op. 34 No. 3
00:02:36

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

34
Waltz No. 5 in A-Flat Major, Op. 42
00:04:27

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

35
Waltz No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 1 "Minute"
00:01:56

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

36
Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64 No. 2
00:02:56

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

37
Waltz No. 8 in A-Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 3
00:04:13

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

38
Waltz No. 9 in A-Flat Major, Op. Posth. 69 No. 1 "Farewell"
00:04:19

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

39
Waltz No. 10 in B Minor, Op. Posth. 69 No. 2
00:03:26

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

40
Waltz No. 11 in G-Flat Major, Op. Posth. 70 No. 1
00:02:00

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

41
Waltz No. 12 in F Minor, Op. Posth. 70 No. 2
00:03:03

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

42
Waltz No. 13 in D-Flat Major, Op. Posth. 70 No. 3
00:01:57

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

43
Waltz No. 14 in E Minor, Op. Posth., B. 56
00:03:11

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1964 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

44
Impromptu No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 29
00:03:08

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1959 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

45
Impromptu No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 36
00:05:37

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1959 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

46
Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 51
00:04:19

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1959 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

47
Fantaisie-impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. Posth. 66
00:04:19

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1959 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

48
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March": I. Grave - Doppio movimento
00:05:24

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1965 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

49
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March": II. Scherzo
00:05:21

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1965 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

50
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March": III. Marche funèbre. Lento
00:06:27

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2017 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1965 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. Remastered 2010 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

When it came to complete recordings of the solo piano works of Chopin in the middle years of the 20th century, there was a time Samson François represented the French school and Artur Rubinstein represented the Polish school, and then there was everybody else. But François' was the only truly complete set, since he recorded all the published and some of the unpublished works, while Rubinstein conspicuously left out the etudes. Beyond completeness, François represented the French school in more than name; he was an individualist who did things his own way. In practice, this works out spectacularly well in some cases and less well in others. Much of it depends on the difficulty of the piece or the passage. Some of the etudes are sensitively played, and parts of the G minor Ballade are very beautifully phrased. The more difficult etudes and the conclusion of the Ballade are hit or miss, with more misses than hits. And so it goes, with the easy preludes like the E minor and the A minor coming off as fresh and spontaneous, while all of the Scherzos seem at any moment ready to go spinning out of control. Anyone interested in studying the evolution of Chopin playing in the 20th century should have an interest in these recordings, but it seems unlikely that François' style of playing will experience a revival because of the reissue of this 10-disc set.
© TiVo

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