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listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.17: I. Andante - Allegro assaiJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn12:30Album Only
listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.17: II. Andante sostenuto quasi adagioJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 9:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.17: III. Allegro con fuocoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22: I. Andante sostenutoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn11:13Album Only
listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22: II. Allegro scherzandoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22: III. PrestoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Op.44: I. Allegro moderato - AndanteJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn12:53Album Only
listen  8. Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Op.44: II. Allegro vivace - Andante - AllegroJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn13:36Album Only


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listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Flat, Op.29: I. Moderato assai - Più mosso (Allegro maestoso)Jean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn14:15Album Only
listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Flat, Op.29: II. AndanteJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 8:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Flat, Op.29: III. Allegro non troppoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 7:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op.103 'Egyptian': I. Allegro animatoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn11:42Album Only
listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op.103 'Egyptian': II. Andante - Allegretto tranquillo quasi andantinoJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn11:14Album Only
listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op.103 'Egyptian': III. Molto allegroJean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 6:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wedding Cake in A Flat, Op.76Jean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Africa - Fantaisie, Op.89Jean-Philippe Collard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn10:48Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000JQXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hough's is a very virtuosic account with lots of speed but this is achieved without Collard's compensating dramatic weight.
I. Giles
Collard's performance is so virtuostic and effortless that the music sounds as though it's just coming out of thin air, rather than having a human laboring over it.
Ryan Richards
I was quite pleased and surprised with the quality of this rookie work, a real gem of creation, one definitely worth collecting.
TONY L. ENGLETON C.N.M.T.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Richards on October 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Saint-Saens' piano music embodies all that is good about the Romantic era: long, haunting melodic lines, innovative themes and a particular gift for making the music fit together in a quasi-Classical fashion. That said, I can't say enough good things about the playing on this CD. Collard's performance is so virtuostic and effortless that the music sounds as though it's just coming out of thin air, rather than having a human laboring over it. Match this with the awesomely powerful yet extremely skilled orchestral backing from Previn and the RPO, and you have a CD that got me into Saint-Saens even though I'd heard almost nothing by him before. This CD set will make you pay attention to it. Worth every penny.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2000
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Saint-Saens' set of Piano Concerti are relatively little known but consistently rewarding nevertheless. Listeners familiar only with the popular Second Concerto need not worry that the other concerti deserve their relative neglect. On the contrary, all of these concerti are remarkable for their high level of melodic invention, with Saint-Saens' gift for turning out haunting, ear-tickling melody abundantly in evidence. There is nothing stuffy nor trite about the writing, either. Moreover, these are concerti written for pianists by a pianist: the piano writing demonstrates an understanding and love for the piano that only a pianist could possess. All in all, I would say these works rank in quality at least with Tchaikovsky's Second and Third Concerti.
These recordings seem pretty hard to beat. Collard makes the very best use of his musicality and virtuosity without becoming self-promoting. Previn, always a highly sympathetic accompanist, is at his best here. The sound ranges from very good to excellent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on February 24, 2005
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I have never liked mixes with too much emphasis on the piano. While EMI's final result is far from the best recordings, it is far from atrocious, as some "ears" seem to point out in earlier reviews.

I will keep this review brief: it's more a written reaction from listening to this set straight through, five concertos in a row (and two extra pieces), nearly every time I play the discs. It is as if I must listen from the beginning to the end, like a well orchestrated, well organized, well plotted programmatic music album. And this is only, in part, due to Collard's fantastic playing -- there are two accidental "wrong-notes" in the whole set which *was* a slight disappointment, until I realized that I wanted a performance, not a digitally edited reconstruction.

The credit for this music goes to Mr. Saint-Saens! The man was extraordinary, sublime, luminous, and these pieces remind me of the painted films of Mr. Brakhage...whose pieces are shown silent usually...and I don't wonder, somehow, if there is really some connection, here...between humans who are less grounded, and more in tune with something higher...

The piano concerto is my favorite form of classical expression. I own many (not enough) concertos and while I find myself playing a little Rachmaninoff here and there, I will explore Saint-Saens' five concertos all in one sitting, nearly every time.

Bravo Collard et Previn!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dace Gisclard on August 6, 2008
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I've heard Ciccolini's and Hough's sets of these concerti, but this is my favorite by a wide margin. Hough's has been highly praised elsewhere, and I certainly agree that his technique is astounding. He plays these concerti faster than anyone, and that is precisely my complaint. Hough seems so busy moving through these works at warp three hyperdrive that he takes just about NO time to stop and smell the roses--and there are plenty in this music.

Not that Collard is slow. He can glitter just well as Hough, but he also knows when to seduce--listen to the second theme of the scherzo of No.2--the way he and Previn teasingly hang on to a note just a microsecond before playfully plunging into the phrase itself. They don't make a big deal of this, and these performances are NOT "mannered," but the listener is drawn in, and the sensation is almost physical. This is only one instance of the felicities of agogics and phrasing in these performances.

It's just a pity this couldn't have been rounded out to a trio of CD's to include the Rapsodie d'Auvergne and Allegro appassionato also recorded by this team. I own both this set and Hough's, but I listen to this one a LOT more. Also, the price is certainly more attractive than Hyperion's, although for me that is NOT the issue.
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