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The Art of André Cluytens - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1; Franck: Symphonic Vars.; Debussy: Nocturnes / Walter Gieseking, piano; Emil Gilels, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Tahra's compilation L'Art d'André Cluytens presents three previously unreleased live recordings by the great Franco-Belgian conductor dating from the late 1950s and all featuring the Orchestre National de France. Works for piano and orchestra dominate the program. Emil Gilels is the soloist in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 and Walter Gieseking takes the lead in Franck's Symphonic Variations. The disc concludes with a wonderfully atmospheric reading of Debussy's three Nocturnes. Taken together, these recordings offer a warm homage to one of the last century's finest conductors.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
These French broadcast recordings (made in 1959, 1955, and 1958) are a study in contrasts. Emil Gilels performs in the best over-the-top, flash-bang Russian way and Walter Gieseking is all elegance and refinement. The Belgian conductor Andres Cluytens (1905-67) is heard to advantage in 'Nuages'. There is character, for the manner of his performances is attractively French.


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