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Donald Macleod looks at Camille Saint-Saens's determination to introduce symphonic and chamber music to a Parisian public who were more interested in operatic spectacle.

Donald Macleod looks at the innovative ideas Saint-Saëns introduced to a Parisian public whose tastes were mostly confined to operatic spectacle. He created symphonies and concertos inspired by his passion for the German tradition of classical form, led the way in developing French chamber music, experimented with the exotic sounds he came across on his extensive travels and was the first composer in France to emulate Liszt’s symphonic poem.

Guitares et mandolines
François le Roux, baritone
Graham Johnson, piano

Kyung Wha Chung, violin
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor

Piano Trio No 1 in F, Op 18 (1st mvt)
Florestan Trio

Piano Concerto No 2
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
James Judd, conductor

Danse Macabre
Orchestre de Paris
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Produced by Deborah Preston for BBC Wales

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