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Saint-Saëns - Symphonies Nos 1, 2 and in A major

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Catalogue numberBIS-2460 SACD
Release date2021-05-07
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time75:36

Prodigiously gifted, Camille Saint-Saëns entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1848, at the age of 13. There he discovered the symphonies of the great German and Austrian composers and soon began to try his own hand at the genre. The Symphony in A major stems from this period and although it was most likely never performed in his lifetime it demonstrates his exceptional talent to the full. Only a couple of years later, in 1853, Saint-Saëns submitted his second attempt at writing a symphony to one of the capital’s concert societies. Praised by Berlioz and Gounod, the Symphony No. 1 in E flat major was accepted for performance and published shortly afterwards as the composer’s opus 2. Classical in form, it is an example of Saint-Saëns’ typical clarity, with the lyricism that would later become a hallmark of his music coming to the fore in the two central movements.

By the late 1850s, despite his youth, Saint-Saëns was already well-established: in addition to his activity as a virtuoso pianist, he had been named organist of La Madeleine in Paris. He composed his Symphony No. 2 in A minor quickly: from July to September 1859. The orchestration is transparent, and the first movement unusually features a fugue for three voices. Concise and constantly inventive, the work moves away from the Viennese models Saint-Saëns admired so much, with a finale reminiscent of the tarantella in Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony. The present disc is the first of two dedicated to the symphonies of Saint-Saëns and recorded by the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and Jean-Jacques Kantorow to commemorate the centenary of the composer’s death.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Saint-Saëns, Camille
  Symphony in A major 23:56
01 I. Poco adagio - Allegro vivace 06:55 $ 0.83 USD
02 II. Larghetto 08:01 $ 0.96 USD
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace 03:26 $ 0.41 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegro molto - Presto 05:34 $ 0.67 USD
  Symphony No. 1 in E flat major 30:19
05 I. Adagio - Allegro 08:48 $ 1.06 USD
06 II. Marche-Scherzo. Allegretto scherzando 04:21 $ 0.52 USD
07 III. Adagio 09:51 $ 1.18 USD
08 IV. Finale. Allegro maestoso 07:19 $ 0.88 USD
  Symphony No. 2 in A minor 21:16
09 I. Allegro marcato - Allegro appassionato 06:44 $ 0.81 USD
10 II. Adagio 03:33 $ 0.43 USD
11 III. Scherzo. Presto 03:57 $ 0.47 USD
12 IV. Prestissimo 07:02 $ 0.84 USD
  Album total 75:36
ComposerSaint-Saëns, Camille
OrchestraOrchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
ConductorKantorow, Jean-Jacques

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