Recently, I picked up this 2CD set, in perfect shape, in our thrift shop for $2. It’s from the London Records “Double Decker” series. I was gobsmacked that someone would let this one slip through their fingers. But never fear, I gave it a welcoming home!
I first heard Saint-Saëns in a myriad of compilations (usually Piano Concerto No.2), and loved it. But one track was never enough. And now here I have all five piano concertos spread over 140 minutes and it’s bloody gorgeous. It’s lyrical, expressive, and energetic. The control of dynamics is very impressive. Kudos to Pascal Rogé for the brilliant piano work here (what a workout!). It’s vigorous and aching and beautiful. And to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Charles Dutoit, for perfect accompaniment.
You really should go read more about this superlative composer. Try HERE.
This set has just made for a gorgeous Sunday morning’s listening. Wow. Enjoy!