Louis Lortie completes his survey of the piano concertos of Saint-Saëns with Nos 3 and 5 (the Egyptian), adding the Rhapsodie dAuvergne and Allegro appassionato for good measure. As before, he is joined by Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic.
In all four works, the performing is of the highest standard. Louis Lortie is more than equal to Saint-Saëns’s fearsome virtuosity, but alongside heaven-storming finer work is a captivating delicacy…The accompanying is both supple and thrillingly precise while the handsome recorded sound allows a wealth of delicious instrumental detail to emerge. BBC *****
Lortie is a wonderfully gifted artist, able to generate live performance electricity in the studio, aided and abetted by a conductor who brings a muscular energy to proceedings – and who relishes the details of Saint-Saëns’s orchestration, frequently a little too much...This is not a poor recording by any means, but for me it lacks refinement and that essential Gallic light touch and tone. Gramophone
wonderful music and masterly playing. MusicWeb