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Classical - Released October 16, 2015 | Evidence

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Record of the Month
This is the third instalment in François-Frédéric Guy’s traversal of Beethoven and the first to delve into the chamber music. He is well matched in intellect, musicianship and temperament by cellist Xavier Phillips as they journey from the ridiculous (the Variations on ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’, in which Guy dispatches the virtuoso piano part with complete aplomb, to delectable effect) to the sublime (the Op 102 Sonatas). The two sets of variations on themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute are a very different proposition from the ‘Conqu’ring Hero’ but just as persuasive, with the Op 66 set given a particularly sparkling reading. Competition is of course thick on the ground, not least from Isserlis and Levin (playing a tremendously characterful McNulty fortepiano), which was an obvious choice for Record of the Month in February 2014. But Phillips and Guy deserve that accolade just as richly and their utterly different sound world is equally riveting.
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Classical - Released April 29, 2013 | Zig-Zag Territoires

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released April 15, 2016 | Evidence

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released March 21, 2011 | Zig-Zag Territoires

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Keyboard Concertos - Released November 3, 2008 | naïve classique

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique
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Solo Piano - Released April 15, 2016 | Evidence

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released November 11, 2013 | Zig-Zag Territoires

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Classical - Released April 30, 2012 | Zig-Zag Territoires

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Classical - Released October 24, 2011 | Zig-Zag Territoires

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Concertos - Released October 18, 2010 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released April 1, 2008 | naïve classique

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French pianist François-Frédéric Guy certainly has the prerequisite technique to take on Beethoven's very difficult First Piano Concerto and his very, very difficult Fifth Piano Concerto. As this 2008 Naïve recording demonstrates, he can surmount both the racing scale and intricate filigree of the First Concerto's cadenzas and the rolling arpeggios and massive double trills in the Fifth Concerto's opening flourishes. Guy also has the strong but nuanced tone to balance power and sensitivity in the two concerto's central solo movements as well as the rhythmic vivacity to keep the music moving forward in the works' closing Rondos. Some might wish Guy had a less staccato attack so Beethoven's music sounded less balletic and had a more legato touch so his lyrical themes sounded less mincing. Still, with the subtle but powerful accompaniment of Philippe Jordan leading the skillful Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France plus Naïve's cool, colorful digital, Guy's performances will not disappoint listeners looking for another recording of these two favorite concertos.
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Classical - Released August 29, 2006 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released September 16, 2016 | Alpha

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This album of ‘solos’ for various different instruments constitutes the composer’s ‘personal diary’ over some twenty-five years. Eric Montalbetti, who was artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1996 to 2014, long kept his music a secret, composing for himself, as if he were keeping a diary. Yet he had been composing since the age of eleven, while also learning the piano and the organ. He was taught by Paul Méfano and Michaël Levinas, and attended masterclasses with George Benjamin and Magnus Lindberg. In 1990 he received prizes from the Sacem and the Menuhin Foundation for his Violin Sonata. He seeks in music a language capable of expressing our most varied emotions: vital energy, interrogation, anxiety, mourning, rage, hope, prayer, love, gratitude. Trois études après Kandinsky for piano, Esprit tendre for oboe (a tribute to Helen and Elliott Carter), the Sonata for solo violin in four movements, a Suite for cello, five Formants for solo clarinet, and La Prière de l’Ange gardien for solo horn make up this program, which is performed by some of the finest soloists on the current French scene.
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Concertos - Released May 18, 2009 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released November 17, 2009 | Meridian Records

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Classical - Released May 27, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released December 30, 2016 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released December 30, 2016 | naïve classique

One could fairly say that Francois-Frederic Guy is a brilliant pianist. In this 2003 recording of Brahms' Piano Concerto in B flat, he soars through the opening Allegro non troppo, roars through the following Allegro appassionato, sings through the central Andante, and swings through the closing Allegretto grazioso. One could likewise fairly say that Paavo Berglund is a magisterial conductor and that he accompanies Guy with the strength, sympathy, and sensitivity without diminishing the integrity of the orchestra's identity. One could likewise fairly say that the London Philharmonic is one of the three or four best orchestras in London, that its performance is powerful and tender. One could also fairly say that it would take one heck of a performance to produce a recording of Brahms' Piano Concerto in B flat major that rivals the great recordings of the past, to rival, that is, Schnabel, Kempff, Gilels, Richter, Arrau, Pollini, Brendel, Kovacevich, and at least a half-dozen others. That Guy, Berglund, and the L.P.O. don't rival much, less surpass, their illustrious forebears in no way diminishes their performance. But that a collector would choose Guy, Berglund, and the L.P.O. over any of their illustrious forebears is unlikely. Naïve's live digital sound is rough and ready.