Saint-Saens - Piano Concertos Vol.1: Nos 1, 2 & 4
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Cat No: CHAN20031
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 31st August 2018
WorksPiano Concerto no.1 in D major, op.17
Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.22
Piano Concerto no.4 in C minor, op.44
ArtistsLouis Lortie (piano)
The brilliance, virtuosity, and technical perfection of Louis Lortieís playing encapsulate these unusual, yet exhilarating works. While the spirited, unconventional Concerto No.1 centres round a slow movement consisting of a dialogue between the sober orchestra and virtuosic piano, the technical requirements of No.2 are so high that Saint-SaŽns himself after its premiere admitted that his fluent technique was not quite up to the challenge. Finally, the unusual form and mixed musical ideas of No.4 make for a uniquely dramatic, passionate, and dream-like experience.
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