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Samson François Vol.2

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Samson François was one of France’s most provocative and enigmatic pianists. His recitals brought out the sense of dynamism and spontaneity in his playing and François seemed more or less engaged dependent on form. This CD is from a surviving live recorded recital in Ettlingen, Germany on 03 May 1960. Here he played with subtle imagination and vital expression, loaded of intense poetry, aristocratic elegance and inspired musicianship. The Prokofiev Seventh Sonata is played with rage and fierceness.

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SAMSON FRANÇOIS plays Prokofiev, Chopin, Debussy & Mendelssohn
The legendary piano recital in Ettlingen, Germany on 03 May 1960

1-3. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 [17:21]
I. Allegro inquieto [08:14]
II. Andante caloroso [06:00]
III. Precipitato [03:05]

4-7. Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 [17:53]
I. Grave. Doppio movimento [05:02]
II. Scherzo [05:06]
III. Marche funèbre: Lento [06:42]
IV. Finale. Presto. Sotto voce e legato [01:01]

8-11. Debussy: Suite bergamasque, L. 75 [16:02]
I. Prélude [04:04]
II. Menuet [04:07]
III. Clair de lune [04:01]
IV. Passepied [03:49]

12. Mendelssohn: Song without Words in B minor, Op. 67, No. 5 [02:11]
13. Mendelssohn: Song without Words in A Major, Op. 62, No. 6 [01:54]
14. Chopin: Nocturne No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 55 [04:58]

Recorded ∙ 03 May 1960 ∙ Ettlingen ∙ Schloß Asamsaal ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Live Recording

Bonus:
15. Debussy: Prélude No. 10 ‘La cathédrale engloutie’, Livre I, L. 117/1 [06:06]
16. Debussy: Prélude No. 11 ‘La danse de Puck’, Livre I, L. 117/11 [02:38]
17. Debussy: Prélude No. 12 ‘Feux d’artifice’ Livre II, L. 123/12 [04:09]

Recorded ∙ 03 April 1962 ∙ Paris ∙ Studio RTF ∙ Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1027
UPC barcode: 791154054031
Recording dates: 1960-1962
Release date: March 2015
Total timing: 73:16

Producer and Audio Restoration: Lynn Ludwig
Booklet Notes: Michael Waiblinger
Design: Alessia Issara
Photographs: Maximilien François Collection
With special thanks to the late Maximilien François
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2015 Meloclassic

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