Camille Saint‐Saëns
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1835-10-09
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Born less than a decade after the death of Beethoven, and still composing three years after that of Debussy, Saint-Saëns lived through the Romantic movement as a Classicist of boundless skill, energy and knowledge. His prolific output and his artistic ...

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Camille Saint‐Saëns, Paul Paray & Detroit S O
Symphony No. 3 In C Minor: 2nd mvt
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Symphony No. 3 In C Minor: 2nd mvt Symphony No. 3 In C Minor: 2nd mvt Symphony No. 3 In C Minor: 2nd mvt Symphony No. 3 In C Minor: 2nd mvt
Ian Brown, Camille Saint-Saëns, Philippa Davies, Richard Hosford & The Nash Ensemble
Tarantelle for flute, clarinet and piano (Op.6)
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Tarantelle for flute, clarinet and piano (Op.6) Tarantelle for flute, clarinet and piano (Op.6) Tarantelle for flute, clarinet and piano (Op.6) Tarantelle for flute, clarinet and piano (Op.6)
Charles Dutoit, Camille Saint-Saëns, Philharmonia Orchestra & 정경화
Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40) [with solo violin]
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Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40) [with solo violin] Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40) [with solo violin] Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40) [with solo violin] Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40) [with solo violin]
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Daniel Blumenthal & Barry Tuckwell
Romance in E for horn and piano, Op.67
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Romance in E for horn and piano, Op.67 Romance in E for horn and piano, Op.67 Romance in E for horn and piano, Op.67 Romance in E for horn and piano, Op.67
Timothy Burke, Timothy Burke, Camille Saint-Saëns & Choir of St Peter's College, Oxford
Ave Maria for choir and organ
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Ave Maria for choir and organ Ave Maria for choir and organ Ave Maria for choir and organ Ave Maria for choir and organ
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Steven Isserlis, Dudley Moore & Michael Tilson Thomas
The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals)
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The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals) The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals) The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals) The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals)
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Yo‐Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott
Havanaise, Op. 83
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Havanaise, Op. 83 Havanaise, Op. 83 Havanaise, Op. 83 Havanaise, Op. 83
Sarah Chang, Camille Saint‐Saëns, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Wolfgang Sawallisch
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28
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Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Lorin Maazel & Andres Cardenes (vln), Anthony Newman (organ), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Dance Macabre – Symphonic Poem
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Dance Macabre – Symphonic Poem Dance Macabre – Symphonic Poem Dance Macabre – Symphonic Poem Dance Macabre – Symphonic Poem
Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Luka Šulić, Camille Saint-Saëns & Shuntaro Sato
Concerto for Cello & Orchestra No 1 (Op.33) in A minor
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Concerto for Cello & Orchestra No 1 (Op.33) in A minor Concerto for Cello & Orchestra No 1 (Op.33) in A minor Concerto for Cello & Orchestra No 1 (Op.33) in A minor Concerto for Cello & Orchestra No 1 (Op.33) in A minor
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Philharmonia Orchestra & Charles Dutoit
Phaeton
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Phaeton Phaeton Phaeton Phaeton
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Berliner Philharmoniker & Gustavo Dudamel
Samson et Dalila - opera in 3 acts: Act 3 sc.2; Bacchanale
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Samson et Dalila - opera in 3 acts: Act 3 sc.2; Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - opera in 3 acts: Act 3 sc.2; Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - opera in 3 acts: Act 3 sc.2; Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - opera in 3 acts: Act 3 sc.2; Bacchanale
Cécile Licad, Alban Gerhardt & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Allegro Appassionato
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Allegro Appassionato Allegro Appassionato Allegro Appassionato Allegro Appassionato
Camille Saint-Saëns, Philharmonia Orchestra & Charles Dutoit
Marche heroique in E flat, Op. 34
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Marche heroique in E flat, Op. 34 Marche heroique in E flat, Op. 34 Marche heroique in E flat, Op. 34 Marche heroique in E flat, Op. 34
Stéphane Lemelin, Joanna G'froerer, Charles Hamann, Kimball Sykes & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79 for clarinet, flute, oboe and piano
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Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79 for clarinet, flute, oboe and piano Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79 for clarinet, flute, oboe and piano Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79 for clarinet, flute, oboe and piano Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79 for clarinet, flute, oboe and piano
Shirley Verrett & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix, Samson et Dalila
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Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix, Samson et Dalila Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix, Samson et Dalila Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix, Samson et Dalila Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix, Samson et Dalila
Camille Saint‐Saëns & The Nash Ensemble
Aquarium (The Carnival Of The Animals)
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Aquarium (The Carnival Of The Animals) Aquarium (The Carnival Of The Animals) Aquarium (The Carnival Of The Animals) Aquarium (The Carnival Of The Animals)
Louis Schwizgebel, Camille Saint‐Saëns, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Martyn Brabbins
Piano concerto no. 5 in F major Op.103, (Egyptian)
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Piano concerto no. 5 in F major Op.103, (Egyptian) Piano concerto no. 5 in F major Op.103, (Egyptian) Piano concerto no. 5 in F major Op.103, (Egyptian) Piano concerto no. 5 in F major Op.103, (Egyptian)
Pascal Rogé, Camille Saint‐Saëns, UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra & Ronald Zollman
Concerto for piano and orchestra no.5 in F major Op.103, "Egyptian"
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Concerto for piano and orchestra no.5 in F major Op.103, "Egyptian" Concerto for piano and orchestra no.5 in F major Op.103, "Egyptian" Concerto for piano and orchestra no.5 in F major Op.103, "Egyptian" Concerto for piano and orchestra no.5 in F major Op.103, "Egyptian"
Camille Saint‐Saëns & The Nash Ensemble
Septet, Op.65
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Septet, Op.65 Septet, Op.65 Septet, Op.65 Septet, Op.65
Camille Saint-Saëns, Ulf Forsberg, Mats Rondin & Stefan Lindgren
Trio No.1 for piano, violin and cello in F (Op.18)
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Trio No.1 for piano, violin and cello in F (Op.18) Trio No.1 for piano, violin and cello in F (Op.18) Trio No.1 for piano, violin and cello in F (Op.18) Trio No.1 for piano, violin and cello in F (Op.18)
Camille Saint‐Saëns & Ouellet-Murray Duo
Danse macabre (Op.40) transcr. Saint-Saens for 2 pianos
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Danse macabre (Op.40) transcr. Saint-Saens for 2 pianos Danse macabre (Op.40) transcr. Saint-Saens for 2 pianos Danse macabre (Op.40) transcr. Saint-Saens for 2 pianos Danse macabre (Op.40) transcr. Saint-Saens for 2 pianos
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Charles Dutoit & Philharmonia Orchestra
Phaeton Op 39
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Phaeton Op 39 Phaeton Op 39 Phaeton Op 39 Phaeton Op 39
Camille Saint‐Saëns & Emmanuel Vass
The Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals
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The Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals The Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals The Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals The Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals
Suzanna Klintcharova, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Dimitar Manolov & Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Morceau de concert for harp & orchestra in G major, Op 154
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Morceau de concert for harp & orchestra in G major, Op 154 Morceau de concert for harp & orchestra in G major, Op 154 Morceau de concert for harp & orchestra in G major, Op 154 Morceau de concert for harp & orchestra in G major, Op 154
Olivier Latry, Camille Saint-Saëns, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Christoph Eschenbach
Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", 3rd movement; Finale...
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Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", 3rd movement; Finale... Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", 3rd movement; Finale... Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", 3rd movement; Finale... Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", 3rd movement; Finale...
Camille (1835 - 1921) Saint-Saens, Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta & New York Philharmonic
Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28
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Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28 Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28 Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28 Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28
Daniel Barenboim, Camille Saint-Saëns & Orchestre de Paris
Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale
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Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale
Taik-Ju Lee, Young-Lan Han & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Introduction and rondo capriccioso (Op.28), arr. for violin & piano
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Introduction and rondo capriccioso (Op.28), arr. for violin & piano Introduction and rondo capriccioso (Op.28), arr. for violin & piano Introduction and rondo capriccioso (Op.28), arr. for violin & piano Introduction and rondo capriccioso (Op.28), arr. for violin & piano
Llyr Williams, Camille Saint‐Saëns & Nadine Koutcher
Le Rossignol Et La Rose [1902] Vers. For Voice & Piano
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Le Rossignol Et La Rose [1902] Vers. For Voice & Piano Le Rossignol Et La Rose [1902] Vers. For Voice & Piano Le Rossignol Et La Rose [1902] Vers. For Voice & Piano Le Rossignol Et La Rose [1902] Vers. For Voice & Piano
Camille Saint-Saëns & Stefan Lindgren
Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor (Op.70)
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Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor (Op.70) Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor (Op.70) Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor (Op.70) Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor (Op.70)
Georg Hörtnagel, Eduard Brunner, Gidon Kremer, Isabelle van Keulen, Nelson Freire, Camille (1835 - 1921) Saint-Saens, Irena Grafenauer, Martha Argerich, Tabea Zimmermann, Mischa Maisky & Edith Salmen-Weber
Carnival of the Animals; The Swan & Finale
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Carnival of the Animals; The Swan & Finale Carnival of the Animals; The Swan & Finale Carnival of the Animals; The Swan & Finale Carnival of the Animals; The Swan & Finale
Stephen Hough, Camille Saint‐Saëns, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Sakari Oramo
Wedding cake: Valse-Caprice, Op 76
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Wedding cake: Valse-Caprice, Op 76 Wedding cake: Valse-Caprice, Op 76 Wedding cake: Valse-Caprice, Op 76 Wedding cake: Valse-Caprice, Op 76
Winnepeg Symphony Orchestra, Camille Saint-Saëns, Moshe Hammer & 小泉 和裕
Havanaise for violin and orchestra (Op.83)
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Havanaise for violin and orchestra (Op.83) Havanaise for violin and orchestra (Op.83) Havanaise for violin and orchestra (Op.83) Havanaise for violin and orchestra (Op.83)
Cristina Ortiz, Camille Saint‐Saëns & Fine Arts Quartet
Barcarolle, Op. 108
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Barcarolle, Op. 108 Barcarolle, Op. 108 Barcarolle, Op. 108 Barcarolle, Op. 108
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Neeme Järvi
Une Nuit a Lisbonne - barcarolle for orchestra (Op.63)
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Une Nuit a Lisbonne - barcarolle for orchestra (Op.63) Une Nuit a Lisbonne - barcarolle for orchestra (Op.63) Une Nuit a Lisbonne - barcarolle for orchestra (Op.63) Une Nuit a Lisbonne - barcarolle for orchestra (Op.63)
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Neeme Järvi
Spartacus
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Spartacus Spartacus Spartacus Spartacus
Kyung-wha Chung, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Charles Dutoit & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Havanaise, Op.83
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Havanaise, Op.83 Havanaise, Op.83 Havanaise, Op.83 Havanaise, Op.83
Steven Isserlis, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Christoph Eschenbach & NDR Sinfonieorchester
Romance, Op 67
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Romance, Op 67 Romance, Op 67 Romance, Op 67 Romance, Op 67
Camille Saint‐Saëns, David Sloan & Ruth McGinley
Allegro appassionato
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Allegro appassionato Allegro appassionato Allegro appassionato Allegro appassionato
Camille Saint‐Saëns, David Sloan & Ruth McGinley
The Swan
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The Swan The Swan The Swan The Swan
Pierre Fournier, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Jean Martinon & Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France
Concerto in A minor for Cello and Orchestra Op.33
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Concerto in A minor for Cello and Orchestra Op.33 Concerto in A minor for Cello and Orchestra Op.33 Concerto in A minor for Cello and Orchestra Op.33 Concerto in A minor for Cello and Orchestra Op.33
Camille Saint‐Saëns, BBC Philharmonic & Andrew Gourlay
Cello Concerto No. 1
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Cello Concerto No. 1 Cello Concerto No. 1 Cello Concerto No. 1 Cello Concerto No. 1
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Charles Dutoit & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony no. 3 in C minor Op.78 (Organ symphony)
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Symphony no. 3 in C minor Op.78 (Organ symphony) Symphony no. 3 in C minor Op.78 (Organ symphony) Symphony no. 3 in C minor Op.78 (Organ symphony) Symphony no. 3 in C minor Op.78 (Organ symphony)
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Charles Dutoit & Philharmonia Orchestra
Le Rouet d'Omphale
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Le Rouet d'Omphale Le Rouet d'Omphale Le Rouet d'Omphale Le Rouet d'Omphale
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Zubin Mehta & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Havanaise
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Havanaise Havanaise Havanaise Havanaise
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Carlo Maria Giulini & Mstislav Rostropovich, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cello Concerto No 1 in a Minor, 1st mvt
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Cello Concerto No 1 in a Minor, 1st mvt Cello Concerto No 1 in a Minor, 1st mvt Cello Concerto No 1 in a Minor, 1st mvt Cello Concerto No 1 in a Minor, 1st mvt
Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Camille Saint-Saëns, Jouko Harjanne & Ari Rasilainen
Mon coeur s'ouvre from Samson et Dalila (arr for trumpet & orchestra)
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Mon coeur s'ouvre from Samson et Dalila (arr for trumpet & orchestra) Mon coeur s'ouvre from Samson et Dalila (arr for trumpet & orchestra) Mon coeur s'ouvre from Samson et Dalila (arr for trumpet & orchestra) Mon coeur s'ouvre from Samson et Dalila (arr for trumpet & orchestra)
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Biography

Born less than a decade after the death of Beethoven, and still composing three years after that of Debussy, Saint-Saëns lived through the Romantic movement as a Classicist of boundless skill, energy and knowledge. His prolific output and his artistic beliefs held firm to timeless principles of beauty and form. As a result his music never seemed to grow old-fashioned (except to card-carrying Wagnerians) and by the end, when a generation of neo-Classicists - including Stravinsky and Poulenc - was on the rise and Saint-Saëns had turned to elegantly elliptical woodwind sonatas, it had started to sound contemporary all over again.

He had been a Parisian child prodigy, entering the Conservatoire at 13 to study organ and composition. His fluency stayed with him as his abilities flowered. An inquiring mind developed, taking in lasting interests from literature to astronomy. His five piano concertos show his characteristic qualities at their finest: suave melody and incisive articulation, orchestral clarity and colour, an often original use of conventional forms, and an expressive idiom that lives at the nerve-ends, generating unstoppable verve and, occasionally, great intensity, without lingering over the more profound moments.

These qualities fed into his operas, though here a greater capacity for spacious heart-searching would have been invaluable. New works of his were regularly staged, but his only lasting success was the relatively early Samson et Dalila, in which erotic obsession and dynamic action could carry the show. It was first produced (in 1877) not in opera-mad Paris, but by his friend Liszt in Weimar. The friendship bore fruit both ways, because Saint-Saëns adopted Liszt's genre of the symphonic poem and then used its methods of thematic transformation in his Third Symphony (the 'Organ', premiered in London in 1886), itself one of the founding masterpieces of a new French symphonic tradition. Ever he wit, he immediately used one of the most striking textures in his symphony for the 'Aquarium' of The Carnival of the Animals - though he banned public performance of the work in his lifetime.

Within the French musical world Saint-Saëns was an effective and - for all his later loathing of Debussy's music - a generally progressive influence. He was the driving force behind the Société Nationale de Musique, formed in 1871 to promote French instrumental music. The tragedy of his life was personal: emotional repression, a failed marriage and the early deaths of his two sons.

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