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Wonderful, downloadable radio broadcasts about great pianists

Discussion in 'Pianists' started by Francois de Larrard, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. Francois de Larrard

    Francois de Larrard Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Philippe Cassard is not only an excellent pianist, having recorded beautiful CDs, but also a really unique radio man. Every saturday morning, he is giving the "Portraits de famille" broadcast on the France-Musiques channel. During two hours, he talks about his passion for one or several pianists, and broadcasts magnificent recordings, either from commercial recordings (CDs, LPs...) or concerts recorded by the channel.
    - of course, he talks French, which can be an obstacle for some of PS members (but an excellent French, so it's good lessons ;));
    - but most of the time, we hear music, and what a music !
    Cassard has really an encyclopedic knowledge of piano music and pianists. Being a pianist himself, he has a very sound judgement about them, and he only presents people he likes. But he is at the same time very open-minded, and has the same admiration for very 'classical' pianists as much as others who have very specific styles.
    Among the pianists he has already presented, we find (from the most recently presented):
    Cyprien Katsaris, Samson François, Arcadi Volodos, Alicia de Larrocha, Artur Pizzaro, Emil Gilels, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Nathalia Milstein, Agustin Aniévas, Richard Goode, Lili Kraus, Géza Anda, Andras Shiff...

    All the broadcasts (from the programme's creation) can be downloaded from France-Musiques internet site:

    http://radiofrance-podcast.net/podcast09/rss_14503.xml

    I hope the site is accessible from anywhere in the world. A real mine for all piano lovers... Enjoy 'Portraits de famille" !
     
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    My French is very rusty..

    Amazing collection though - and some of my absolute favourite pianists (Katsaris, Francois, Volodos, Cziffra). Thank you!
     
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    Francois de Larrard Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hi Andrew,
    Could you download any file from your place?
     
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    I'm listening to one right now! It's playing in a streamed format (much like files stored on the PS server). I didn't set up anything to disguise my IP country/location so I assume others outside of France should also be able to hear the files.
     
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    Excellent! Enjoy and have a good sunday,
    François
     
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    Dear François -- I just listened to the Gilels podcast; it really tested my competence in French (which is a good thing of course), but more importantly the presenter is so enthusiastic and passionate about the music and the performances are quite inspiring. Thank you very much!

    PS a while ago you asked about my approach to the opening of the Albeniz - a complete performance is now in the submission forum, in case you might be interested.
     
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    Hi Francois,
    Alas, I cannot access the site from here in the USA.
     
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    Thanks for your recommendation, Francois. I will listen to this program even though my French is zero, but language of music speaks too, right? :)
     
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    Sure it does, even if Cassard is sometime pretty talkative !
     
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    Nice collections and options. I was looking for this.
     

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