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Rubinstein’s classic performances of Saint-Saëns’ Second Concerto have, sadly, thrust the others firmly into the shade. Cortot promoted the Fourth Concerto (currently available as a Documents download), but the others were rarely played until recently. The First and Third in particular do not deserve their neglect.

Tacchino’s set is cheap, but also old, dating from the 1960s: it may also be had as part of a three-disc Vox box. He opens the Second Concerto (that famous quasi-Bach fantasia for piano alone) accurately though unimaginatively: the orchestra, here and throughout, is likewise dutiful but sounds uninvolved. The First Concerto is even harder to play than it sounds, and Tacchino is not alone

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