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Concertos pour clavier - Released May 3, 2019 | BIS

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Classique - Released January 1, 2003 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Poèmes symphoniques - Released December 1, 2017 | Naxos

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Concertos pour clavier - Released September 7, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Classique - Released February 9, 2018 | Naxos

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Now, no-one could argue that there are too many recordings of the orchestral suites of Saint-Saëns! All the more reason, then, to welcome this new album from the Basque National Orchestra (Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa, in Basque), which as well as the Suite algérienne Op. 60 of 1879-1880, the Suite in D major Op. 49 written for harmonium in 1863, orchestrated by the composer in 1877, offers us the Suite in D minor Op. 16b, first written in 1863 for cello and piano and then orchestrated, by the master himself, in 1919 – and augmented with two additional movements. The Suite algérienne is mainly Algerian in name - consider that the fourth and final movement is a "French military march", hurrah for Empire - while the exotic accents seem to roam around, from Bohemia to Moorish Spain, with only very sporadic jaunts to North Africa, a part of the world that the composer did know well, but perhaps not so much musically as... well. In Suite Op. 49, the discreet instrumentation and the language which has been deliberately borrowed from baroque serve to underline the first composition for harmonium. Finally, the Suite Op. 15b is a kind of concerto-fantasia for cello, and here the Spanish cellist Guillermo Pastrana officiates with panache. Here again, Bach is never far away, even in these delightful romantic tones, which would not have disgraced Lalo! © SM/Qobuz
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Symphonies - Released February 3, 2015 | Naxos

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Concertos pour clavier - Released March 10, 2017 | Naxos

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Classique - Released July 1, 2013 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Mélodies (France) - Released September 30, 2016 | Aparté

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Classique - Released May 12, 2017 | Naxos

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Concertos pour clavier - Released September 7, 2018 | Chandos

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Mélodies (France) - Released February 24, 2017 | Alpha

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Concertos pour violon - Released November 16, 2010 | Naxos

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Classique - Released January 3, 2020 | Chandos

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Classique - Released November 22, 2019 | Naxos

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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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Classique - Released April 13, 2018 | Naxos

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With this latest consignment of concertos by Saint-Saëns, the Malmö Orchestra directed by Marc Soustrot and with the pianist Romain Descharmes round off an adventure that began in 2013. The 1875 Fourth Concerto, charming enough on its own account, also appears to prefigure the Organ Symphony which was written ten years later, both in terms of the musical discourse but also the orchestral grip: it's recognisable from a mile off. Twenty years separate the Fourth from the Fifth, written in 1896 to celebrate fifty years since the composer made his 1846 Parisian début. The work's nickname – taken from its origin in the town of Luxor which Saint-Saëns visited during one of his frequent stays in Egypt, where he would take refuge from wintry Paris and enjoy the local attractions – is slightly misleading, as the concerto doesn't really have any particularly Middle Eastern or North African accents, but instead it is more marked by Spanish influences (well, Arabo-Andalusian, strictly speaking). Rather than being "Egyptian", the work is more of a rich tapestry of diverse cultural influences against a Pyramid-themed backcloth. The second movement offers a few zoological notes, closing to the sounds of croaking toads and chirping Nile crickets. © SM/Qobuz
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Classique - Released November 10, 2017 | Naxos

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Classique - Released September 17, 2015 | Aparté

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Musique symphonique - Released September 4, 2015 | Naxos

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Classique - Released March 22, 2019 | B Records

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There is an entire life of composition between Saint-Saëns’s Quintet and Quartet — there are joys, sorrows, ideas and motifs, as well as the building of a life and an aesthetic. The Girard Quartet (Quatuor Girard) — currently one of the most promising French ensembles accompanied by young pianist Guillaume Bellom — wanted to capture this outstandingly delicate material on this new recording released by B Records. It was recorded in the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the Singer-Polignac Foundation. © B Records