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Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems - Le Carnaval des animaux - L'Assassinat du duc de Guise

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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The historical performance group Les Siècles and conductor François-Xavier Roth is accumulating a sterling catalog of late 19th century and early 20th century French music, and this one may be the most revelatory yet, with a sequence of true riches. The historical instruments, with Roth's lively approach, result in especially lively performances of the evergreen Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grande fantaisie zoologique ("The Carnival of the Animals") and of the Danse macabre, Op. 40, but that is just the beginning. Le Carnaval des Animaux features a unique two-person "piano vis-à-vis," a face-to-face piano of the day. It seems inconceivable that L'Assassinat du Duc de Guise, Op. 128, is not better known, for this was history's first piece of film music (composed in 1908). Owing to budget constraints, it was written for a small chamber ensemble, not an orchestra, and its sonorities are unlike those of any other Saint-Saëns work. Nor are the three symphonic poems in the first part of this double-album set without interest. Two of them are devoted to the figure of Hercules, whose exploits would have been better known to a 19th century French audience than to those today, but a bit of research will reveal plenty of vivid references. The first part ends with a wonderfully unrestrained Bacchanale from the opera Samson et Dalila, Op. 47. Some of these pieces are familiar; most will be unknown, except perhaps to French audiences, but here, nothing seems like a pause or letdown. Add in clear, detailed studio sound from Harmonia Mundi, and this album becomes a rare standout, even among the flood of Saint-Saëns releases recorded during the centennial year of the composer's death in 1921.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Phaéton, Op. 39
00:08:08

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

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2
La Jeunesse d'Hercule, Op. 50
00:18:29

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

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3
Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31
00:08:29

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

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4
Danse Macabre: Danse macabre, Op. 40
00:06:51

Paul Bateman, Arranger - CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

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5
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, Act III Scene 2: Bacchanale
00:07:18

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

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DISC 2

1
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: I. Introduction et Marche royale du lion
00:02:07

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

2
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: II. Poules et Coqs
00:00:54

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

3
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: III. Hémiones (Animaux véloces)
00:00:38

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Michaël Ertzscheid, Piano, MainArtist - Jean Sugitani, Piano, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

4
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: IV. Tortues
00:01:49

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

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5
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: V. L'Éléphant
00:01:42

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Antoine Sobczak, MainArtist, DoubleBass

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6
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: VI. Kangourous
00:00:57

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

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7
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: VII. Aquarium
00:02:34

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

8
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: VIII. Personnages à longues oreilles
00:00:56

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

9
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: IX. Le Coucou au fond des bois
00:02:19

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

10
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: X. Volière
00:01:16

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Marion Ralincourt, Flute, MainArtist

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11
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: XI. Pianistes
00:01:35

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

12
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: XII. Fossiles
00:01:24

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

13
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: XIII. Le Cygne
00:02:58

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

14
Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: XIV. Final
00:02:02

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

L'Assassinat du duc de Guise, Op. 128 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

15
Prélude
00:00:52

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

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16
Premier tableau
00:02:57

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

17
Deuxième tableau
00:04:23

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

18
Troisième tableau
00:02:12

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

19
Quatrième tableau
00:07:59

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

20
Cinquième tableau
00:02:13

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

Album review

The historical performance group Les Siècles and conductor François-Xavier Roth is accumulating a sterling catalog of late 19th century and early 20th century French music, and this one may be the most revelatory yet, with a sequence of true riches. The historical instruments, with Roth's lively approach, result in especially lively performances of the evergreen Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grande fantaisie zoologique ("The Carnival of the Animals") and of the Danse macabre, Op. 40, but that is just the beginning. Le Carnaval des Animaux features a unique two-person "piano vis-à-vis," a face-to-face piano of the day. It seems inconceivable that L'Assassinat du Duc de Guise, Op. 128, is not better known, for this was history's first piece of film music (composed in 1908). Owing to budget constraints, it was written for a small chamber ensemble, not an orchestra, and its sonorities are unlike those of any other Saint-Saëns work. Nor are the three symphonic poems in the first part of this double-album set without interest. Two of them are devoted to the figure of Hercules, whose exploits would have been better known to a 19th century French audience than to those today, but a bit of research will reveal plenty of vivid references. The first part ends with a wonderfully unrestrained Bacchanale from the opera Samson et Dalila, Op. 47. Some of these pieces are familiar; most will be unknown, except perhaps to French audiences, but here, nothing seems like a pause or letdown. Add in clear, detailed studio sound from Harmonia Mundi, and this album becomes a rare standout, even among the flood of Saint-Saëns releases recorded during the centennial year of the composer's death in 1921.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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