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Camille Saint-Saëns

Sunday, December 11, 2016


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September 28

Quartetto di Cremona Plays Saint- Saens

My Classical NotesI was hardly familiar with the chamber music by Camille Saint-Saens until I came across this new recording. The music for your listening pleasure is as follows: Saint-Saëns: Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 14, with Andrea Lucchesini (piano) String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 112, as performed by the Quartetto di Cremona For its latest CD featuring works by Camille Saint-Saëns, the award-winning Quartetto di Cremona draws on sixteen years of giving concerts and making recordings. Leading Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini joins the ensemble for the Piano Quintet: the third movement of the work is presented here in the rare version adding a double bass (ad lib.). The String Quartet, marking the transition into his late style, represents the first chamber piece in which Saint-Saëns leaves out his own instrument, the piano. Here, too, the music is beautifully presented by the Quartetto di Cremona. Here is the Quartetto Di Cremona rehearsing the music of Saint-Saens:

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October 24

The Sheer Spookiness Of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre

“Did you know that tritones signify the Devil and Satan and evil spirits in music and that everyone just used to ‘know this’ and ‘recognize this’ and if you heard it in a piece you’d be like, ‘oh, right, the Devil’?”




My Classical Notes

August 8

Cellist Sol Gabetta Performs

I love the sound of the Cello, because of its deep and warm tone in the hands of a mature artist. This CD gives us a large variety of cello melodies as performed by Sol Gabetta: Casals: El Cant dels Ocells (Song of the birds) Chopin: Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1, with Bertrand Chamayou (piano) Delibes: Les filles de Cadix Dvorak: Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5 Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181 Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50 Rimsky Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble Bee Rossini: Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia) Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne Tchaikovsky: Kuda, Kuda ‘Lensky’s Aria’ (from Eugene Onegin Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11) Vasks: Musique du Soir Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297 All performed by Sol Gabetta (cello) Sol Gabetta is an exceptional young cellist, and this is an exceptional compilation of the work she has done in the recording studio so far in her short career. In addition to Elgar’s Cello Concerto, there are also some Elgar salon works, and a couple of really worthwhile short pieces by Dvorak: Silent Woods and the Rondo. The second dosc is mainly given over to short encore pieces such as, inevitably, Saint-Saens’s The Swan , and less obviously, Pablo Casals’s beautiful reworking of a Catalan folk song, The Song of the Birds. Here is Sol Gabetta in the Cello Sonata by Johannes Brahms:



Camille Saint-Saëns
(1835 – 1921)

Camille Saint-Saëns (9 October 1835 - 16 December 1921) was a French Late-Romantic composer, organist, conductor, and pianist, known especially for The Carnival of the Animals, Danse macabre, Samson and Delilah, Piano Concerto No. 2, Havanaise, Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, and his Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony).



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