Finishing up the Holiday Weekend with a world premier recording, made for French Radio in 1957 of Jean-Michel Damase performing his Variations For Piano (re-titled Theme and Variations For Piano).
Damase, a celebrated contemporary French composer, divided his career early on between composition and performing. He is still very active and his works are regularly performed throughout the world. But it's always great to hear a first performance done by the composer, particularly when it hasn't been available for a very long time.
Enjoy what few minutes are left of this holiday (in the U.S.) weekend.
Newstalgia Weekend Gramophone with The French National Orchestra, conducted by Jean Martinon in the music of Florent Schmitt. Recorded in 1957. Don't forget to donate what you can to keep Newstalgia alive! Read more...