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Chopin: Piano Works

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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 But François' was the only truly complete set, since he recorded all the published and some of the unpublished works, while Rubinstein conspicuously left out the etudes.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
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : I. Allegro Moderato (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:20:02

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Artist - Louis Frémaux, Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1967, 2010 EMI Music France

2
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : II. Romance (Larghetto) (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:08:53

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Artist - Louis Frémaux, Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1967, 2010 EMI Music France

3
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : III. Rondo (Vivace) (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:10:55

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Artist - Louis Frémaux, Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1967, 2010 EMI Music France

4
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchesre No.2 En Fa Mineur Op.21 : I. Maestoso (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:13:48

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Artist - Louis Frémaux, Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1967, 2010 EMI Music France

5
Concerto pour piano et orchestre No.2 en fa mineur Op.21 : II. Larghetto (Remasterisé en 2010)
00:08:23

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Artist - Louis Frémaux, Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1967, 2010 EMI Music France

6
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.2 En Fa Mineur Op.21 : III. Allegro (Vivace) (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:09:08

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Artist - Louis Frémaux, Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1967, 2010 EMI Music France

DISC 2

1
Polonaise N°1 En Ut Dièse Mineur Op.26 N°1 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:06:29

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

2
Polonaise N°2 En Mi Bémol Mineur Op.26 N°2 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:07:53

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

3
Polonaise N°3 En La Majeur Op.40 N°1 ''Militaire'' (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:04:42

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

4
Polonaise N°4 En Ut Mineur Op.40 N°2 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:05:57

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

5
Polonaise N°5 En Fa Dièse Mineur Op.44 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:11:15

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

6
Polonaise N°6 En La Bémol Majeur Op.53 ''Héroïque'' (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:07:05

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

7
Polonaise N°7 En La Bémol Majeur Op.61 ''Polonaise Brillante'' (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:12:26

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

8
Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise En Mi Bémol Majeur Op.22 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:13:40

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

DISC 3

1
Polonaise Posthume En Ré Mineur Op.71 N°1 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:04:43

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

2
Polonaise Posthume En Si Bémol Majeur Op.71 N°2 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:06:39

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

3
Polonaise Posthume En Fa Mineur Op.71 N°3 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:06:08

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1969, 2010 EMI Music France

4
Fantaisie en fa mineur Op.49 (Remasterisé en 2010)
00:13:20

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1966, 2010 EMI Music France

5
Tarentelle en la bémol majeur Op.43 (Remasterisé en 2010)
00:03:39

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1966, 2010 EMI Music France

6
Barcarolle en fa dièse mineur Op.60 (Remasterisé en 2010)
00:08:32

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1966, 2010 EMI Music France

7
Rondo Pour 2 Pianos En Ut Majeur Op.73 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:09:13

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Pierre Barbizet, Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1967, 2010 EMI Music France

DISC 4

1
Ballade N°1 En Sol Mineur Op.23 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:07:44

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1955, 2010 EMI Music France

2
Ballade N°2 En Fa Majeur Op.38 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:06:52

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1955, 2010 EMI Music France

3
Ballade N°3 En La Bémol Majeur Op.47 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:07:07

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1955, 2010 EMI Music France

4
Ballade N°4 En Fa Mineur Op.52 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:09:25

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1955, 2010 EMI Music France

5
Scherzo N°1 En Si Mineur Op.20 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:08:31

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1956, 2010 EMI Music France

6
Scherzo N°2 En Si Bémol Mineur Op.31 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:10:14

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1956, 2010 EMI Music France

7
Scherzo N°3 En Ut Dièse Mineur Op.39 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:06:46

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1956, 2010 EMI Music France

8
Scherzo N°4 En Mi Majeur Op.54 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:11:55

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1956, 2010 EMI Music France

DISC 5

1
Valse N°1 En Mi Bémol Majeur Op.18 "Grande Valse Brillante" (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:05:03

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

2
Valse N°2 En La Bémol Majeur Op.34 N°1 "Valse Brillante" (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:05:24

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

3
Valse N°3 En La Mineur Op.34 N°2 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:04:47

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

4
Valse N°4 En Fa Majeur Op.34 N°3 "Valse Brillante" (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:02:36

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

5
Valse N°5 En La Bémol Majeur Op.42 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:04:27

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

6
Valse N°6 En Ré Bémol Majeur Op.64 N°1 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:01:56

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

7
Valse N°7 En Ut Dièse Mineur Op.64 N°2 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:02:56

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

8
Valse N°8 En La Bémol Majeur Op.64 N°3 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:04:13

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

9
Valse N°9 En La Bémol Majeur Op.69 N°1 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:04:19

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

10
Valse N°10 En Si Mineur Op.69 N°2 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:03:26

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

11
Valse N°11 En Sol Bémol Majeur Op.70 N°1 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:02:00

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

12
Valse N°12 En Fa Mineur Op.70 N°2 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:03:03

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

13
Valse N°13 En Ré Bémol Majeur Op.70 N°3 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:01:57

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

14
Valse N°14 En Min Mineur Op. Posthume (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:03:10

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1964, 2010 EMI Music France

15
Impromptu N°1 En La Bémol Majeur Op.29 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:03:07

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1959, 2010 EMI Music France

16
Impromptu N°2 En Fa Dièse Majeur Op.36 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:05:37

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1959, 2010 EMI Music France

17
Impromptu N°3 En Sol Bémol Majeur Op.51 (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:04:19

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1959, 2010 EMI Music France

18
Impromptu N°4 En Ut Dièse Mineur Op.66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:04:18

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1959, 2010 EMI Music France

DISC 6

1
Sonate No.2 En Si Bémol Mineur Op.35 : I. Grave - Doppio Movimento (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:05:25

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1965, 2010 EMI Music France

2
Sonate No.2 En Si Bémol Mineur Op.35 : II. Scherzo (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:05:21

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1965, 2010 EMI Music France

3
Sonate No.2 En Si Bémol Mineur Op.35 : III. Marche Funèbre (Lento) (Remasterisé En 2010)
00:06:26

Samson Francois, Main Artist - Frédéric Chopin, Composer

(P) 1965, 2010 EMI Music France

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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