Reine Gianoli
Reine Gianoli - A major cult figure among French piano enthusiasts.

Reine Gianoli And The ORTF Philharmonic With Pierre-Michel LeConte Play Music Of Lalo – 1967 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Reine Gianoli

Reine Gianoli – A major cult figure among French piano enthusiasts.

Lalo: Piano Concerto – Reine Gianoli, Piano – ORTF Phil. Pierre-Michel LeConte – ORTF Broadcast 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Another slice of history this weekend – a legendary pianist playing a seldom-performed work. The celebrated and enthusiastically embraced cult figure Reine Gianoli performs in this broadcast Studio performance of the almost completely forgotten and seldom (if ever) played Piano concerto of Eduard Lalo. Accompanying Reine Gianoli is Pierre-Michel LeConte conducted the ORTF Philharmonic in this circa 1967 recording. No exact date of recording – if anyone has, please let me know.

Throughout her career Reine Gianoli appeared with leading orchestras and such conductors as Paul Paray, Felix Weingartner, George Enescu, Hermann Scherchen, Louis Auriacombe, Milan Horvat, and Georges Sebastian, and in recitals with Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier, George Enescu, and Edwin Fischer. She was featured several times in performances at the Strasbourg and Lucerne Festivals.

In 1947 Reine Gianoli was appointed professor of piano at the École Normale de Musique in Paris.

Reine Gianoli made numerous recordings for the Westminster, BAM and Ades labels. Although Reine Gianoli is not a “household name” among pianists like Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein, she has a very active and ever-growing cult following who look forward to any new releases of her hard-to-find recordings. Between 1947 and 1955 she recorded Mozart’s 17 piano sonatas live. These works are cornerstones of the keyboard literature. Often deceptively simple to play (the sonata in C, K.545 is affectionately known to students as “the beginner’s sonata”), they are full of poetry, humor, and drama. She thankfully avoids the trap of treating these works like fragile china, as was once the tradition; she plays them for their full red-blooded qualities. Gianoli died in 1979 and her reputation has been growing ever since.

And a nice description of the Lalo Piano Concerto via Hector Bellman at AllMuisc:

Lalo’s only piano concerto was written in 1888. One of the most beautiful works in its genre in the nineteenth century, it has fallen into almost complete neglect probably because the piano part, albeit difficult, was not written with the purpose of letting the pianist show off–there is not even a cadenza for the soloist. The concerto comprises three movements. In the slow introduction, Lento, the orchestra opens very quietly and then gives way to the pensive entrance of the piano. A somber atmosphere precedes a theme that becomes a recurring motto for the work. The subdued dialogue of orchestra and piano continues to introduce the main themes, blooming into a wonderful passage. A succession of piano arpeggios leads to the Allegro, which remains in major mode throughout. This is in regular sonata form with a noble chorale-like first subject and a second subject of similar character. The piano has several bravura passages, particularly before the very conclusive coda. The second movement, Lento, is also in major mode. A slow and enchanting berceuse of happy atmosphere, it is based on a simple, obstinate rhythm formed from two alternating notes. The second theme is based on material from the first movement. The finale, Allegro, opens in minor, resembling a playful toccata. After the reappearance of the theme already heard in the first two movements, the piano brings a new and lyrical theme. After a reprise of opening theme, another relaxed passage presages the conclusion. Perhaps what has been needed to interest keyboard virtuosi was a fiery bravura passage near the ending, but Lalo did not see fit to provide one. The work closes with a last repetition of the opening theme, followed by a sunny coda in major mode.

Now all you have to do is hit the Play button, relax and enjoy

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10 Responses

  1. Edward Sargent says:

    For roughly the last month virually all the classical music offered [Holstein, Perrault, Calmel, Laderman and now Lalo] cuts off shortly after the nine-minute mark. It does not matter what browser I use. This is the only site I visit that does this. Please fix?

    • gordonskene says:

      There is something wrong with the player – I have to figure out why it doesn’t pause and why it occasionally stops or forwards up after a minute or so. Sorry for the inconvenience. I’m working on it.

    • gordonskene says:

      Fixed. There was a conflict between the ads and the player – I went in and fixed the player itself.

  2. Mark Ainley says:

    Thank you for sharing this – a seldom-heard work by a fine pianist… had never heard this broadcast recording before!

  3. Mark Ainley says:

    It’s still only playing until 6:53 for me – tried refreshing but no change in that …

    • gordonskene says:

      That’s weird because I re-transferred the whole file and tried it a few times before updating it. I don’t know what the problem is – are you trying to download the file, or just play it?

  4. Mark Ainley says:

    This happens in both cases – on the main page it goes to 2:20, and if I open the player in a separate window it goes to 6:53. The downloaded file is of the same length… Using Chrome browser.

  5. Mark Ainley says:

    Alas, yes… and tried again now on two different computers with different versions of Chrome. Reloaded page and the program, but not with success, I’m afraid. Will try again tomorrow – perhaps a glitch that takes a little time to resolve…

    Very much appreciate your efforts and your great uploads!

    • gordonskene says:

      Maybe clean out your history (in Chrome) and see if that works. If not, I just may re-post it and see if that works.