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Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2; Stephen Goss: Piano Concerto; Franck: Variations Symphoniques / Emmanuel Despax, piano

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
>Goss, Stephen : Piano Concerto
>Franck, César : Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Emmanuel Despax is a rising star on the UK and international piano scene, who has performed at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls in London and with orchestras including the CBSO. His debut concerto recording, with the Orpheus Sinfonia under Thomas Carroll, features the premiere recording of Stephen Goss' Piano Concerto, inspired by the designs of Thomas Heatherwick (the work's premiere performance was the first classical concert in which audiences were invited to bring their iPads and tablets, to watch an interactive display designed to accompany the music). The work is accompanied by two similarly expressive works, Saint-Saens' ever-popular Piano Concerto No.2 and Franck's Variations symphoniques.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2014
A formidable talent, fleet of finger, elegant of phrase and a true keyboard colourist. Only a certain emotional reserve prevents these performances from competing with the very best...Despax's first concerto disc is, altogether, a noteworthy achievement.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
This well-played and exceptionally-well recorded release is more likely to arouse interest for the premiere of Stephen Goss's brand-new piano concerto than for the standards from Saint-Saens and Franck.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cadogan Hall, London (2013-04-25&2013-04-26&2013-).



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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
  • Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Carroll
  • Ensemble: Orpheus Sinfonia
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2013-04-25&2013-04-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Goss, Stephen : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Carroll
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2013-04-25&2013-04-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46
  • Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Carroll
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2013-04-25&2013-04-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885
  • Studio/Live: Live