ABC Classics

Duncan Gifford – “Music for Piano and Orchestra”

Here is music by three composers who were pianists of considerable accomplishment. César Franck broke away from a career as a virtuoso, to become an organist and composer. Vincent d’Indy’s piano playing was always secondary to his main mission as composer and teacher. Only Camille Saint-Saëns maintained for most of his long life a second string as a performer. Described by Berlioz as ‘an absolutely shattering master-pianist’, Saint-Saëns was the soloist in the premiere of his Fifth Piano Concerto. The virtuoso who provides alink between these three pieces is Louis Diémer (1843-1919), who gave the first performance of Franck’s Les Djinns in 1885, and of the same composer’s Variations Symphoniques the next year. He was also the dedicatee of Saint-Saëns’ ‘Egyptian’ Concerto, and the piano teacher of d’Indy.

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Composers: Saint-Saëns, d’Indy, Franck

  1. CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921) Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103 'Egyptian'
    Allegro animato, Andante - Allegretto tranquillo - Andante, Molto allegro
  2. VINCENT D'INDY (1851-1931) Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais (Symphonie cevenole), Op. 25 (Symphony on a French Mountain Song)
    Assez lent - Moderement anime, Assez modere mais sans lenteur, Anime
  3. CESAR FRANCK (1822-1890) Les Djinns, Op. 45
    Poeme symphonique pour piano et orchestre (symphonic poem for piano and orchestra)