Doyen: Faure Ballade Op. 19 + Franck Sym Variations - Philips N 00704 R (10")
Jacket EX / LP EX
This lovely 10" LP – a fine collector's copy – from Philips (N 007014 R, Dutch, pressing, plum/silver Minigroove label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features the splendid pianist Jean Doyen in a magical pairing of Franck's Symphonic Variations and Faure's Ballade Op. 19. Both works were recorded in vivid sound with conductor Jean Fournet and the Lamoureux Orchestra in the fine acoustics of the Salle Apollo, Paris, on 15 December 1953.
Doyen is an artist whose recorded legacy is richly deserving of systematic re-issue and renewed appreciation on disc. His performances here can withstand the most exalted comparisons, be it with Casadesus, Anda, et al. The sound is absolutely first rate.
The reverse side of the jacket carries informative liner notes (uncredited), printed in German only. The wonderful cover art is similarly uncredited, alas.