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Camille Saint-Saëns

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

February 17

Symphony concerts resume in Syria

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discThe Italian organist Eugenio Maria Fagiani believes he is the first western musician to perform in Damascus since the start of the civil war in 2011. He joined the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Missak Baghboudarian, in Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante and Camille Saint-Saens third symphony at the Damascus Opera House February 9. He also played at St Anthony’s Latin Church in Damascus, at the invitation of Cardinal Mario Zenari. Fagiani is cathedral organist at Arezzo.

ArtsJournal: music

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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