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Saint-Saëns: Ascanio - Ballet - Andromaque - Les Barbares - La Princesse jaune

Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Jun Markl

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The Malmö Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Jun Markl uphold a repertoire which is rarely heard live, specifically French music from the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After Albéric Magnard (BIS in 1999 and 2000) and Vincent d’Indy (Naxos, 2019), they have published a Camille Saint-Saëns album (once again for Naxos). An untiring globe-trotter, Saint-Saëns peppers his music with effects which create a background of different sounds. As opposed to Louise by Gustave Charpentier or Pelléas by Debussy, Les Barbares by Saint-Saëns (conceived in 1901) is a new example of the purest tradition of of French lyricism. The harmonic richness of the score, its bountiful melodies and the opulence of its orchestration do not break any new ground. Indeed, it seems Saint-Saëns is more inventive when composing within a more classic framework. However, despite the anachronistic nature of this work, which is also identified in Ascanio, La princesse jaune, Jota aragonese, Andromaque and Ouverture d’un opéra-comique inachevé, the listener savours every note. The programme, which combines the orchestral pages of these scores (ballet, opera and other lyrical tragedy), allows the Malmö Symphony Orchestra to show the full range of their musical colour: sumptuous strings, soaring harps and an irresistible harmony make them sound like one lone supermusician. Indeed, Jun Markl sculpts the MSO with uniformity in mind - the sound recording sticks to this approach as well - highlighting the the powerful lyrical dimension of this repertoire. An inspiring and necessary account of the genius of French orchestration. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz

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Saint-Saëns: Ascanio - Ballet - Andromaque - Les Barbares - La Princesse jaune

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

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Ascanio, R. 293 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

1
Entrée du maître des jeux
00:01:34

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

2
Vénus, Junon et Pallas
00:01:07

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

3
Diane, dryades et naïades
00:02:01

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

4
Bacchus et les bacchantes
00:01:38

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

5
Apparition Phœbus, d'Apollon et les neuf muses
00:02:40

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

6
Phœbus prenant sa lyre, évoque l'Amour
00:03:23

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

7
L'Amour fait apparaître Psyché (1)
00:02:28

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

8
Ensemble de Phœbus, Diane, Erigone, Nicœa et Bacchus avec les muses, les nymphes et les bacchantes
00:01:53

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

9
Variation de l'amour (1)
00:01:38

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

10
Le dragon des Hespérides apporte la pomme d'or
00:01:55

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

11
Final. Les déesses, bacchantes, naïades et dryades
00:04:09

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

Les barbares, R. 295 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

12
Prologue
00:14:26

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

Jota aragonese, Op. 64, R. 174 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

13
Jota aragonese, Op. 64, R. 174
00:04:11

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

Andromaque, R. 320 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

14
Prélude to Act IV
00:04:56

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

15
Overture
00:08:37

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

La princesse jaune, Op. 30, R. 287 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

16
Overture
00:06:28

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

Ouverture d'un opéra-comique inachevé, Op. 140, R. 162 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

17
Ouverture d'un opéra-comique inachevé, Op. 140, R. 162
00:05:46

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

Ascanio, R. 293 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

18
L'Amour fait apparaître Psyché (2)
00:02:29

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

19
Variation de l'amour (2)
00:02:06

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Jun Markl, Conductor - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Naxos (P) 2019 Naxos

Album Description

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Jun Markl uphold a repertoire which is rarely heard live, specifically French music from the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After Albéric Magnard (BIS in 1999 and 2000) and Vincent d’Indy (Naxos, 2019), they have published a Camille Saint-Saëns album (once again for Naxos). An untiring globe-trotter, Saint-Saëns peppers his music with effects which create a background of different sounds. As opposed to Louise by Gustave Charpentier or Pelléas by Debussy, Les Barbares by Saint-Saëns (conceived in 1901) is a new example of the purest tradition of of French lyricism. The harmonic richness of the score, its bountiful melodies and the opulence of its orchestration do not break any new ground. Indeed, it seems Saint-Saëns is more inventive when composing within a more classic framework. However, despite the anachronistic nature of this work, which is also identified in Ascanio, La princesse jaune, Jota aragonese, Andromaque and Ouverture d’un opéra-comique inachevé, the listener savours every note. The programme, which combines the orchestral pages of these scores (ballet, opera and other lyrical tragedy), allows the Malmö Symphony Orchestra to show the full range of their musical colour: sumptuous strings, soaring harps and an irresistible harmony make them sound like one lone supermusician. Indeed, Jun Markl sculpts the MSO with uniformity in mind - the sound recording sticks to this approach as well - highlighting the the powerful lyrical dimension of this repertoire. An inspiring and necessary account of the genius of French orchestration. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz

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