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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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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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Camille Saint‐Saëns & Natalie Clein
Allegro Appassionato Op.43
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Allegro Appassionato Op.43 Allegro Appassionato Op.43 Allegro Appassionato Op.43 Allegro Appassionato Op.43
Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Camille Saint-Saëns & Kjell Seim
Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40)
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Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40) Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40) Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40) Danse macabre - symphonic poem (Op.40)
Gerald Moore, János Starker & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Carnival of the Animals: The Swan
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Carnival of the Animals: The Swan Carnival of the Animals: The Swan Carnival of the Animals: The Swan Carnival of the Animals: The Swan
Stefan Lindgren & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Etude in D flat (Op.52 No.6) (Etude en forme de valse)
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Etude in D flat (Op.52 No.6) (Etude en forme de valse) Etude in D flat (Op.52 No.6) (Etude en forme de valse) Etude in D flat (Op.52 No.6) (Etude en forme de valse) Etude in D flat (Op.52 No.6) (Etude en forme de valse)
Simon Preston, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Berliner Philharmoniker & James Levine
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'
Neeme Järvi, Camille Saint-Saëns, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Maya Iwabuchi
Marche Militaire Francaise
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Marche Militaire Francaise Marche Militaire Francaise Marche Militaire Francaise Marche Militaire Francaise
Jascha Zayde, Leonid Hambro, Camille Saint-Saëns, André Kostelanetz & His Orchestra & André Kostelanetz
Grand Finale: Carnival Of The Animals
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Grand Finale: Carnival Of The Animals Grand Finale: Carnival Of The Animals Grand Finale: Carnival Of The Animals Grand Finale: Carnival Of The Animals
Camille Saint-Saëns, Janine Jansen, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Barry Wordsworth
Introduction and rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra (Op.28)
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Introduction and rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra (Op.28) Introduction and rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra (Op.28) Introduction and rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra (Op.28) Introduction and rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra (Op.28)
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Johann Sebastian Bach & Bruno-Leonardo Gelber
Sinfonia from Cantata BWV29 "Wir danken dir, Gott"
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Sinfonia from Cantata BWV29 "Wir danken dir, Gott" Sinfonia from Cantata BWV29 "Wir danken dir, Gott" Sinfonia from Cantata BWV29 "Wir danken dir, Gott" Sinfonia from Cantata BWV29 "Wir danken dir, Gott"
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
Jean-Philippe Collard, Camille Saint‐Saëns, André Previn & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Valse Caprice Op. 76 'Wedding Cake'
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Valse Caprice Op. 76 'Wedding Cake' Valse Caprice Op. 76 'Wedding Cake' Valse Caprice Op. 76 'Wedding Cake' Valse Caprice Op. 76 'Wedding Cake'
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 & 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, Marc Soustrot & Malmö SymfoniOrkester
Symphony in A major – 4th mvt
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Symphony in A major – 4th mvt Symphony in A major – 4th mvt Symphony in A major – 4th mvt Symphony in A major – 4th mvt
Camille Saint-Saëns, Roger Cole & Linda Lee Thomas
Sonata for oboe and piano (Op.166) in D major
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Sonata for oboe and piano (Op.166) in D major Sonata for oboe and piano (Op.166) in D major Sonata for oboe and piano (Op.166) in D major Sonata for oboe and piano (Op.166) in D major
Radovan Vlatković, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris & Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Romance for horn and orchestra Op.36
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Romance for horn and orchestra Op.36 Romance for horn and orchestra Op.36 Romance for horn and orchestra Op.36 Romance for horn and orchestra Op.36
Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, Camille Saint‐Saëns, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Carlo Maria Giulini
Cello Concerto No. 1 in a Minor, Op. 33
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Cello Concerto No. 1 in a Minor, Op. 33 Cello Concerto No. 1 in a Minor, Op. 33 Cello Concerto No. 1 in a Minor, Op. 33 Cello Concerto No. 1 in a Minor, Op. 33
David Guerrier, Renaud Capuçon, Esther Hoppe, Janne Saksala, Frank Braley, Béatrice Muthelet, Camille Saint‐Saëns & Gautier Capuçon
Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat maj, 1st mvt; Preambule
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Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat maj, 1st mvt; Preambule Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat maj, 1st mvt; Preambule Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat maj, 1st mvt; Preambule Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat maj, 1st mvt; Preambule
Moshe Hammer, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, William Tritt, Camille Saint‐Saëns & Klugescheid, R.
My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice arr for piano trio
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My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice arr for piano trio My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice arr for piano trio My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice arr for piano trio My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice arr for piano trio
Camille Saint‐Saëns & Jacqueline du Pré
The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)
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The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)
Anthony Newman, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Lorin Maazel & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Phaeton - symphonic poem (Op.39)
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Phaeton - symphonic poem (Op.39) Phaeton - symphonic poem (Op.39) Phaeton - symphonic poem (Op.39) Phaeton - symphonic poem (Op.39)
Martin Fröst, Roland Pöntinen & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Clarinet Sonata in E flat, Op. 167
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Clarinet Sonata in E flat, Op. 167 Clarinet Sonata in E flat, Op. 167 Clarinet Sonata in E flat, Op. 167 Clarinet Sonata in E flat, Op. 167
Elise Baatnes, Karolina Radziej, Hjalmer Kvam, Marius Faltby, Camille Saint-Saëns, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Lars Anders Tomter & Enrico Pace
Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat major
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Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat major Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat major Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat major Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat major

Septet for trumpet, piano and strings (Op.65) in E flat major

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Elise Baatnes
Lars Anders Tomter
Hjalmer Kvam
Karolina Radziej
Enrico Pace
Marius Faltby
Ole Edvard Antonsen
Piers Lane & Camille Saint‐Saëns
6 Studies for piano (Op.52), no.3; Prelude and fugue in F minor
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6 Studies for piano (Op.52), no.3; Prelude and fugue in F minor 6 Studies for piano (Op.52), no.3; Prelude and fugue in F minor 6 Studies for piano (Op.52), no.3; Prelude and fugue in F minor 6 Studies for piano (Op.52), no.3; Prelude and fugue in F minor
Camille Saint‐Saëns
La mort d’Ophelie
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La mort d’Ophelie La mort d’Ophelie La mort d’Ophelie La mort d’Ophelie
Gerold Huber, Camille Saint‐Saëns & Christiane Karg
La Mort D'Ophelie
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La Mort D'Ophelie La Mort D'Ophelie La Mort D'Ophelie La Mort D'Ophelie
Camille Saint‐Saëns & The Sixteen
Ave Maria
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Ave Maria Ave Maria Ave Maria Ave Maria
Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Dutoit & Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale
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Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Thomas Beecham
Le Rouet d’Omphale
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Le Rouet d’Omphale Le Rouet d’Omphale Le Rouet d’Omphale Le Rouet d’Omphale
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)
Camille Saint‐Saëns & Piers Lane
Six Etudes for Left Hand, no. 3
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Six Etudes for Left Hand, no. 3 Six Etudes for Left Hand, no. 3 Six Etudes for Left Hand, no. 3 Six Etudes for Left Hand, no. 3
정경화, Camille Saint-Saëns, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Charles Dutoit
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)
Narek Hakhnazaryan, Camille Saint‐Saëns, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Rumon Gamba
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
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Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Olle Skold, Johan Strömberg, Gunnar Andersson, Bertil Marcusson & Lamentabile Consort
Saltarelle (Op.74)
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Saltarelle (Op.74) Saltarelle (Op.74) Saltarelle (Op.74) Saltarelle (Op.74)
Camille Saint-Saëns, Dubravka Tomšič, All-Union Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra & Samo Hubad
Piano Concerto No.2 (Op.22) in G minor
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Piano Concerto No.2 (Op.22) in G minor Piano Concerto No.2 (Op.22) in G minor Piano Concerto No.2 (Op.22) in G minor Piano Concerto No.2 (Op.22) in G minor
Camille Saint-Saëns, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley, Michel Dalberto, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Béatrice Muthelet, Esther Hoppe, Janne Saksala & Florent Jodelet
Le Carnaval des animaux, no.13; Le Cygne [vc, 2 pf]
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Le Carnaval des animaux, no.13; Le Cygne [vc, 2 pf] Le Carnaval des animaux, no.13; Le Cygne [vc, 2 pf] Le Carnaval des animaux, no.13; Le Cygne [vc, 2 pf] Le Carnaval des animaux, no.13; Le Cygne [vc, 2 pf]
Benjamin Grosvenor, Camille Saint-Saëns, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & James Judd
Concerto for piano and orch no.2 (Op.22) in G min, 2nd mvt; Allegro scherzando
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Concerto for piano and orch no.2 (Op.22) in G min, 2nd mvt; Allegro scherzando Concerto for piano and orch no.2 (Op.22) in G min, 2nd mvt; Allegro scherzando Concerto for piano and orch no.2 (Op.22) in G min, 2nd mvt; Allegro scherzando Concerto for piano and orch no.2 (Op.22) in G min, 2nd mvt; Allegro scherzando
Camille Saint‐Saëns & The Florestan Trio
Piano Trio No.1 in F, Op.18; 3rd mvt, Scherzo
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Piano Trio No.1 in F, Op.18; 3rd mvt, Scherzo Piano Trio No.1 in F, Op.18; 3rd mvt, Scherzo Piano Trio No.1 in F, Op.18; 3rd mvt, Scherzo Piano Trio No.1 in F, Op.18; 3rd mvt, Scherzo
Arthur Grumiaux, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Lamoureux Orchestra & Manuel Rosenthal
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28
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Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Marc Soustrot & Malmo S O
Symphony no. 2 in A minor Op.55: 3rd movement; Scherzo (Presto)
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Symphony no. 2 in A minor  Op.55: 3rd movement; Scherzo (Presto) Symphony no. 2 in A minor  Op.55: 3rd movement; Scherzo (Presto) Symphony no. 2 in A minor  Op.55: 3rd movement; Scherzo (Presto) Symphony no. 2 in A minor  Op.55: 3rd movement; Scherzo (Presto)
Daniel Roth, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth
Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", Finale
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Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", Finale Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", Finale Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", Finale Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony", Finale
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)
Lilya Zilberstein, Martha Argerich & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Le Carnaval des animaux: no.6; Kangourous
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Le Carnaval des animaux: no.6; Kangourous Le Carnaval des animaux: no.6; Kangourous Le Carnaval des animaux: no.6; Kangourous Le Carnaval des animaux: no.6; Kangourous
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Thomas Beecham
Bacchanale (Samson et Delila, Act III)
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Bacchanale (Samson et Delila, Act III) Bacchanale (Samson et Delila, Act III) Bacchanale (Samson et Delila, Act III) Bacchanale (Samson et Delila, Act III)
Gerard Brooks & Camille Saint‐Saëns
Procession in C major
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Procession in C major Procession in C major Procession in C major Procession in C major
Camille Saint‐Saëns, Marc Soustrot & Malmö SymfoniOrkester
2nd movement; Marche - scherzo from Symphony no. 1 in E flat major Op.2
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2nd movement; Marche - scherzo from Symphony no. 1 in E flat major Op.2 2nd movement; Marche - scherzo from Symphony no. 1 in E flat major Op.2 2nd movement; Marche - scherzo from Symphony no. 1 in E flat major Op.2 2nd movement; Marche - scherzo from Symphony no. 1 in E flat major Op.2
Camille Saint‐Saëns, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Louis Frémaux
Carnival of the Animals - Kangaroos to The Aviary
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Carnival of the Animals - Kangaroos to The Aviary Carnival of the Animals - Kangaroos to The Aviary Carnival of the Animals - Kangaroos to The Aviary Carnival of the Animals - Kangaroos to The Aviary
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