, July 2013
Talented German pianist Florian Uhlig has assembled a wonderfully smart program of familiar and less familiar French piano concertos that’s truly greater than the sum of its individual parts.
Having all four works on a single disc not only offers excellent value, it makes for very satisfying listening as a program. The works are well differentiated, from the late Romantic opulence of the Debussy, to the witty neo-classical Françaix, through Poulenc’s music-hall eclecticism and Ravel’s jazz-inflected brilliance. Uhlig has no problems encompassing the wide range on offer. Everyone will have favorite versions of the more familiar pieces, especially the Ravel, but Uhlig more than holds his own with his impressive technique, apt tempos, and a certain French precision and neatness of phrasing that’s quite idiomatic.
Conductor Pablo González offers very sympathetic accompaniments, while both the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the SWR engineers do themselves proud. A winner. © ClassicsToday.com Read complete review