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Debussy & Ravel: Piano Works - Samson Francois (6 CD's) Box set

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 1. Danseuses de Delphes
  2. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 2. Voiles
  3. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 3. Le vent dans la plaine
  4. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
  5. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
  6. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 6. Des pas sur la neige
  7. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest
  8. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
  9. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 9. La sérénade interrompue
  10. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 10. La cathédrale engloutie
  11. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 11. La danse de Puck
  12. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Book 1. 12. Minstrels
  13. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 1. Brouillards
  14. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 2. Feuilles mortes
  15. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 3. La puerta del vino
  16. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 4. Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses
  17. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 5. Bruyères
  18. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 6. Général Lavine -eccentric-
  19. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 7. La terrasse des audiences au claire de lune
  20. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 8. Ondine
  21. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq. P.P.M.P.C.
  22. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 10. Canope
  23. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Book 2. 12. Feux d'artifice

Disc: 2

  1. Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110: Set 1. 1. Reflets dans l'eau
  2. Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110: Set 1. 2. Hommage à Rameau
  3. Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110: Set 1. 3. Mouvement
  4. Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111: Set 2. 1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
  5. Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111: Set 2. 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
  6. Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111: Set 2. 3. Poissons d'or
  7. Rêverie, for piano, L. 68
  8. Arabesques (2) for piano, L. 66: 1. Andantino con moto
  9. Arabesques (2) for piano, L. 66: 2. Allegretto scherzando
  10. La plus que lente, waltz for piano (or orchestra), L. 121
  11. Études (6) for piano, Book 2, L. 136/7-12: 1. Pour les degrés chromatiques
  12. Études (6) for piano, Book 2, L. 136/7-12: 2. Pour les agréments
  13. Études (6) for piano, Book 2, L. 136/7-12: 4. Pour les sonorités opposées
  14. Études (6) for piano, Book 2, L. 136/7-12: 5. Pour les arpèges composés
  15. Études (6) for piano, Book 2, L. 136/7-12: 6. Pour les accords
  16. Masques, for piano, L. 105
  17. L'isle joyeuse, for piano, L. 106
  18. Berceuse héroïque for piano (or orchestra), L. 132

Disc: 3

  1. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
  2. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: 2. Jimbo's Lullaby
  3. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: 3. Serenade for the Doll
  4. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: 4. The Snow is Dancing
  5. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: 5. The Little Shepherd
  6. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: 6. Golliwogg's Cake-walk
  7. Estampes, for piano, L. 100: 1. Pagodes
  8. Estampes, for piano, L. 100: 2. La soirée dans Grenade
  9. Estampes, for piano, L. 100: 3. Jardins sous la pluie
  10. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: 1. Prélude
  11. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: 2. Menuet
  12. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: 3. Clair de lune
  13. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: 4. Passepied
  14. Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95: 1. Prélude
  15. Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95: 2. Sarabande
  16. Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95: 3. Toccata

Disc: 4

  1. Piano Concerto in G major: 1. Allegramente
  2. Piano Concerto in G major: 2. Adagio assai
  3. Piano Concerto in G major: 3. Presto
  4. Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)
  5. Ma mère l'oye, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra): 1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
  6. Ma mère l'oye, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra): 2. Petit Poucet
  7. Ma mère l'oye, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra): 3. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
  8. Ma mère l'oye, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra): 4. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
  9. Ma mère l'oye, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra): 5. Le Jardin féerique

Disc: 5

  1. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)
  2. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 1. Modéré, très franc
  3. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 2. Assez lent
  4. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 3. Modéré
  5. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 4. Assez animé
  6. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 5. Presque lent
  7. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 6. Vif
  8. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 7. Moins vif
  9. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 8. Épilogue: Lent
  10. Prélude, for piano
  11. Jeux d'eau, for piano
  12. Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, for piano
  13. Miroirs, for piano (or orchestra): 1. Noctuelles
  14. Miroirs, for piano (or orchestra): 2. Oiseaux tristes
  15. Miroirs, for piano (or orchestra): 3. Une baroque sur l'océan
  16. Miroirs, for piano (or orchestra): 4. Alborada del gracioso
  17. Miroirs, for piano (or orchestra): 5. La Vallée des cloches
  18. À la manière de. . . , for piano: Emmanuel Chabrier (paraphrase sur un air de Gounod)
  19. À la manière de. . . , for piano: Borodine

Disc: 6

  1. Gaspard de la nuit, for piano: 1. Ondine
  2. Gaspard de la nuit, for piano: 2. Le gibet
  3. Gaspard de la nuit, for piano: 3. Scarbo
  4. Sonatine for piano in F sharp minor: 1. Modéré
  5. Sonatine for piano in F sharp minor: 2. Mouvement de menuet
  6. Sonatine for piano in F sharp minor: 3. Animé
  7. Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: 1. Prélude
  8. Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: 2. Fugue
  9. Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: 3. Forlane
  10. Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: 4. Rigaudon
  11. Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: 5. Menuet
  12. Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: Toccata
  13. Menuet antique, for piano (or orchestra)


Product Details

  • Performer: Samson Francois, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0002RUAEM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The playing of Samson Francois and the music of Debussy and Ravel together are spectacular. However, the audio in this particular EMI box set is over-processed, resulting in a dry, unnatural sound. At first, it's not obvious (you'll be thinking, "wow, this is great music, and great playing!") -- but eventually, your ears will start to hurt. I can't give Samson + Ravel & Debussy anything less than 4 stars, but, really -- DON'T BUY THIS BOX SET. Get a different version of the same recordings. EMI clearly does this a lot, judging by the reviews of the Schnabel/Beethoven.
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Samson Francois figure has evidenced slow but increasing enhancement through the years. His notable pianism, aristocratic approach and refined phrasing are some of his virtues.

If you still do not know about this legendary artist, no it� s the time for you to convince by yourself about the supreme level occupied by him.

When he left us in 1970 at his 46, he had so much to give. The musical world remained legitimately orphan and much more vile since his premature death.

But, fortunately his legacy will live among us, every time you listen any record you acquire of this peerless musician.

His Ravel is loaded not only of notable, sensual and asserive expressiveness. If you know about some other performance able to equal his Gaspard de la nuit, please, be my guest.

His Debussy is sober, eloquent with Impresionist flair and sublime musicality.

A true artistic and a fundamental treasure in your collection.
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I have to admit that I am biased, because Samson Francois is my favorite pianist, but I have to say that this CD box set is sublime. The style may not be to everyone's taste, as Samson Francois has a very individual, dry, humorous, and very French, take on these classic French impressionist composers. However, if the interpretation of this particular pianist accords with you, you will find this box set wonderful.

I was initially reluctant to risk buying this CD due to negative comments by other reviewers about the CD tracklist's incompleteness and poor sound quality of this CD. I have to say that since this CD arrived I have not noticed a problem with either of these things, except that the volume is slightly too low and required turning up the speaker volume to near maximum.

Meg White, UK
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I first heard Samson Francois play Ravel on an old phonograph record and
was amazed at his interpretation. When I bought this collection it became
one of my all time favorites. The emotion and feeling he puts into the
music along with his technical skill never cease to amaze me. The only down
side is the recording quality. It is a bit weak. I can overlook that with
the stellar performances. Buy this set and you will not be disappointed.
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