Bertrand Chamayou, Orchestre National de France, Emmanuel Krivine – Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos 2, 5 & Solo Piano Works (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bertrand Chamayou, Orchestre National de France, Emmanuel Krivine – Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos 2, 5 & Solo Piano Works (2018)
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Following his award-winning survey of Ravel’s complete solo piano works, Bertrand Chamayou takes on some of the most brilliant yet fiendishly virtuosic music in the French Romantic repertoire on his new Saint-Saëns album, drawing together the two most famous of the composer-pianist’s five piano concertos – the epic No.2 and the irresistibly exotic No.5 ‘The Egyptian’ – alongside a bouquet of lesser-known solo pieces and études that will delight pianophiles. These include the effervescent yet notoriously difficult Étude en forme de Valse with its breathtaking bravura finale, and the entrancing Les Cloches de Las Palmas inspired by the bells Saint-Saëns heard ringing out in the Canary Islands. ‘I’m always charmed by Saint-Saëns,’ says Chamayou. ‘There’s an attraction to the exotic, the bizarre, sensual fantasy, that’s very curious for a composer that we think of as so academic. And there’s a real sense of voyage in the music of Saint-Saëns that I find fascinating.’ He is joined by the Orchestre National de France and its formidable conductor Emmanuel Krivine for an album that promises fireworks, champagne and just a few puffs of opium.

The nimbleness and fluidity of his playing is remarkable. It’s a zingy performance (of the Second Concerto) all round, with a vigorous performance from the Orchestre National de France, conducted by Emmanuel Krivine…The recording is rounded off with a handful of solo pieces…There are some beautiful gems here. – BBC Music Magazine, November 2018

[Concerto No. 2] Chamayou and Krivine give a sparkling performance, full of wit and grace, highlighting the dramatic passages in a performance as good as any I have heard. Their account of the Egyptian Fifth is equally impressive, perhaps marginally outpointing Hough and Oramo. With terrific sound, this is a highly recommendable release. – International Piano, November 2018

Tracklist

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
1. I. Andante sostenuto
2. II. Allegro scherzando
3. III. Presto
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103, “Egyptian”
4. I. Allegro animato
5. II. Andante
6. III. Molto allegro
6 Etudes, Op. 111
7. IV. Les Cloches de Las Palmas
6 Etudes, Op. 52
8. VI. En forme de valse
9. Mazurka No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 66
6 Etudes, Op. 111
10. I. Tierces majeures et mineures
11. Allegro appassionato, Op. 70
6 Etudes, Op. 52
12. II. Pour l’indépendance des doigts
13. Valse nonchalante in D-Flat Major, Op. 110

Personnel
Bertrand Chamayou piano
Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine

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