[an error occurred while processing this directive]

BBC - (none) - Composer of the Week [an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in August 2005We've left it here for reference.More information

3 October 2014
Accessibility help
Text only

BBC Homepage
» 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

Camille Saint-Saens (1835 - 1921)

4. All the World's a Stage

For any self-respecting composer in 19th Century France, success in the opera house was what really mattered. Camille Saint-Saens, as Donald Macleod reveals, was no exception, but this was the nut he found hardest to crack.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

'Le Bonheur est chose legere' from Le Timbre d'Argent
Alma Gluck (soprano), Efrem Zimbalist (violin) and Samuel Chotzinoff (piano)
Nimbus NI 7904
Track 5  

Overture from La Princess jaune, op.30
Swiss Italian Orchestra conducted by Francis Travis
Chandos CHAN 9837
Track 5  

Scenes 1 and 2 from La Princess jaune, op.30
Maria Costanza Nocentini Lena (soprano)
Carlo Allemano Kornelis (tenor)
Swiss Italian Orchestra conducted by Francis Travis
Chandos CHAN 9837
Tracks 6-7 

 Act I, Scene 6 from Henry VIII
Lucile Vignon Anne Boleyn (mezzo)
Alain Gabriel Don Gomez (tenor)
Philipppe Rouillon Henry VIII (baritone)
Michelle Command Catherine of Aragon (soprano)
Choeurs due Theatre des Arts de Rouen and the Orchestre Lyrique Francais conducted by Alain Guingal
Chant du Monde LDC 278 1083
Track 7 

'Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix' from Samson et Dalila
Olga Borodina Dalila (mezzo)
Orchestra of Welsh National Opera conducted by Carlo Rizzi
Philips 446 663-2
Track 8  

Air et danse bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit
Decca 444 553
Track 9  

Parysatis - 'Airs de Ballet'
London Philharmonic conducted by Geoffrey Simon
Cala CACD 1015
Tracks 1-4




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy