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DEBUSSY, C.: Fantaisie / POULENC, F. Piano Concerto / RAVEL, M. Piano Concerto in G major / FRANCAIX, J.: Concertino (Uhlig, Gonzalez)

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release date: July 2013


German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic Orchestra


Pablo Gonzalez


Florian Uhlig



SWR Studio Kaiserslautern, Emmerich-Smola-Saal, Germany


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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 70:41
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DEBUSSY, C.: Fantaisie / POULENC, F. Piano Concerto / RAVEL, M. Piano Concerto in G major / FRANCAIX, J.: Concertino (Uhlig, Gonzalez)

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1 I. Andante ma non troppo 6:56
2 II. Lento e molto espressivo 7:33
3 II. Allegro molto 6:15



Piano Concertino

4 I. Presto leggiero 1:43
5 II. Lent 2:32
6 III. Allegretto 1:48
7 IV. Rondeau: Allegretto vivo 2:14



Piano Concerto, FP 146

8 I. Allegretto 10:06
9 II. Andante con moto 6:02
10 III. Rondo a la francaise (Presto Giocoso) 3:47



Piano Concerto in G major

11 I. Allegramente 8:23
12 II. Adagio assai 9:39
13 III. Presto 3:43
 Florian Uhlig Soloist
 Pablo Gonzalez Conductor

A great program featuring the largely neglected piano concertos from some famous composers active in France between 1890 and 1951. Debussy’s "Fantaisie" was created in a period of change, exploring how the piano could become a voice in the orchestra. After an altercation with the work NOT being played at its scheduled 1890 premiere, the Fantasie had to wait until after Debussy’s death for its first performance and is seldom heard in the concert hall today. The contrast with the late romantic Debussy work, Ravel is represented with the bright, humorous G Major Concerto. Poulenc’s Piano Concerto is a jewel of sounds and colors, yet still stands in the shadow of his Concerto for Two Pianos. Finally, there is Jean Françaix’s Concertino, composed for a short, witty ten-minute film. Charm and wit, and all the corresponding range of moods are at Florian Uhlig’s command; the result is an entertaining and musically ravishing album.

 "...This disc is thoroughly recommended, especially for the Debussy which is outstanding. Such joyous music making demands a place in our lives."

Phillip Scott - Fanfare - November/December 2013

"... What a fascinating recital by the young German pianist Florian Uhlig ... With very fine accompaniments by the ensemble, in exremely vivid sound - one almost feels tonally bathed ... his is a recording to which one should sit back, close one’s eyes, and enjoy."

Scitt Noriega - Fanfare - September/October 2013

                         Interpretation ******       Sound *****      Repertoire ******

Isabel Fedrizzi - Piano News magazine - September/October 2013

"...the orchestra and conductor González have  delivered a top-notch release... Hänssler Classic deserves praise for its sound quality which is close to state-of-the-art."
Zan Furtwangler - - 18 July 2013 ****

"What an enticing programme this is ... The uber-compact Francaix Concertino is perhaps the highlight here, Uhlig and the orchestra vibrantly capturing the work’s yriad moods, culminating in a rip-roring finale."

Harriet Smith - Gramophone magazine - August 2013

 "Debussy’s unjustly dismissed Fantasie and Françaix’s pithy Concertino are the highlights of this programme, superbly interpreted by Florian Uhlig."  ****

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) - August 2013

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