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Hens, Hugo and Havanaises

Donald Macleod introduces a contrasting trio of pieces Saint-Saens composed in 1887, following success the previous year with Carnival of the Animals.

Beastly goings on as Noel Coward introduces the Carnival of the Animals. Plus, Saint-Saëns's much-loved Havanaise for violin and orchestra.

Camille Saint-Saëns reached the pinnacle of his career in 1886, when both his famous "Carnival of the Animals" and his "Organ" Symphony were first performed. He was 51 - and yet he'd live on for a further three-and-a-half decades, well into the age of Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Poulenc. His late works have often been unfairly neglected - seen as 'out of time' in a thrusting new century. This week, Donald Macleod explores the charming and eccentric variety of pieces Saint-Saëns left behind from the last decades of his life.

The week begins with a contrasting trio of pieces Saint-Saëns composed in 1887, following the huge success of the previous year. "La fiancée du timbalier" is a dramatic scene for soprano and piano, once popular at the BBC Proms but now out of favour - Felicity Lott brings it back to our attention. Then we hear the Latin-tinged Havanaise for violin and orchestra, perhaps the most popular of the composer's later works.

1 hour

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Mon 25 Nov 2013 12:00

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Carnival Of The Animals (with verses by Ogden Nash: Introduction and Royal March of the Lions, Hens and Cocks

    Performer: Leonid Hambro. Performer: Jascha Zayde. Orchestra: André Kostelanetz & His Orchestra. Conductor: André Kostelanetz.
    • PHILIPS: NBR6001.
    • 1.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Caprice on Danish and Russian Folksongs for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano, Op.79

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • HYPERION: CDA674312.
    • 12.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Odelette Op.162

    Performer: William Bennett. Conductor: Steuart Bedford. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • ASV:CDDCA652.
    • 1.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Havanaise for violin and orchestra, Op.83

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Conductor: Jean Martinon. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris.
    • EMI: CDC 747725.
    • 2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    La Fiancee Du Timbalier Op.82

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Performer: Graham Johnson.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI: HM901138.
    • 14.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Wild Jack-Ass; Tortoises - Carnival Of The Animals

    Performer: Leonid Hambro. Performer: Jascha Zayde. Orchestra: André Kostelanetz & His Orchestra. Conductor: André Kostelanetz.
    • PHILIPS: NBR6001.
    • 1.

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