Jean Doyen With Eugène Bigot And The Paris Radio Symphony Play Hahn – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Reynaldo Hahn – Piano Concerto – Jean Doyen, Piano – French Radio Orchestra, Eugène Bigot, cond. – 1952 – ORTF – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
This is a re-post from a few years ago. The original post has since disappeared and the sound was lousy anyway – so, here is a new-improved one.
This weekend it’s a performance of the not-so-obscure Piano Concerto by the early 20th century composer Reynaldo Hahn. With the legendary Jean Doyen at the piano and the French National Radio Orchestra led by the equally legendary Eugène Bigot. This radio studio recording was made “around” 1952 in Paris.
At the time of this recording, Hahn’s Piano Concerto was not all that well known, but Hahn’s reputation as a composer of songs was very well known and there were numerous recordings of his self-accompanied singing available at the time, as well as recordings by a veritable who’s who of singers from the turn of the century onward. But since then, his Piano Concerto has received a number of performances and is currently available in several recorded versions, including a reissue of the Premier 1934 recording, which featured Hahn himself and the great Brazilian pianist Magda Tagliaferro.
But this broadcast recording is great too. Sadly, it hasn’t had the benefit of a reissue, or even a commercial issue.
But you can still enjoy it here.