Sunday Gramophone with The French National Orchestra conducted by Manuel Rosenthal and featuring Samson Francois, Piano in a performance of Concerto Pastorale by Rene Challan, recorded for French Radio in 1950.
January 30, 2011

Samson Francois - Poet of the Piano in France.

French Radio transcriptions tonight. This one, a performance of the Concerto Pastorale for piano and Orchestra by Rene Challan who, aside from his career as composer was also house producer for French Columbia in Paris. Although this piece has been recorded commercially by Samson Francois and the Paris Conservatory conducted by Georges Tzipine around 1958, this recording was done around 1950 for Radio France and features the French National Orchestra under the legendary Manuel Rosenthal and has not been available commerically. And since this piece was composed in 1943, it's likely this is the first-ever recording of the piece.

In any event, it's around 18 minutes, moves right along and is probably not familiar to a lot of people.

Well now you are.

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