Author Topic: Camille Saint-SaŽns  (Read 31358 times)

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Re: OK, I've now found the perfect music, and it was written by Saint-Saens...
« Reply #200 on: November 06, 2017, 10:49:55 AM »
Anyhow, here we have the SS that I love, the one of the Cello Concerto,...

He wrote two cello concerti! :) I find the second to be very much the equal of the much better-known first.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #201 on: November 06, 2017, 01:05:28 PM »
Saint Saens can be uneven
I love Samson et Dalila but have been disapointed in the recently released Proserpine.
This recent CD of orchestral songs is very good

A woman voice glides like the wind
Of black, of damp, of night
And all it touches in this flight
Suddenly is over.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #202 on: November 06, 2017, 09:08:27 PM »
Since I see this interesting thread, I would like to say something. Have you ever listened to La Foi - Tableaux symphoniques? A work virtually unknown to many.



It's one of the most beautiful works created by this gentleman (in fact, he composed a lot of gorgeous music  ;D ). I highlight the Andantino (II mov.): it's a piece truly subtle, refined and bucolic.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #203 on: November 06, 2017, 10:18:31 PM »
Since I see this interesting thread, I would like to say something. Have you ever listened to La Foi - Tableaux symphoniques? A work virtually unknown to many.



It's one of the most beautiful works created by this gentleman (in fact, he composed a lot of gorgeous music  ;D ). I highlight the Andantino (II mov.): it's a piece truly subtle, refined and bucolic.

Nope, I haven't heard it - thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #204 on: November 06, 2017, 10:33:53 PM »
Since I see this interesting thread, I would like to say something. Have you ever listened to La Foi - Tableaux symphoniques? A work virtually unknown to many.



It's one of the most beautiful works created by this gentleman (in fact, he composed a lot of gorgeous music  ;D ). I highlight the Andantino (II mov.): it's a piece truly subtle, refined and bucolic.
Agreed, as I agree with many here: Saint-SaŽns is an uneven composer, not always inspired. But there are dozens of gems among his large oeuvre - and it's a quiet pleasure to 'discover' them for yourself. Another very late (1919) composition that I love is the Morceau de concert (in reality a concerto, or perhaps concertino) for harp and orchestra. Here in its finest performance:
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/2drxEhBWlW4" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/2drxEhBWlW4</a>
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Re: OK, I've now found the perfect music, and it was written by Saint-Saens...
« Reply #205 on: November 07, 2017, 07:54:59 AM »
Clarinet Sonata


I had commented on how I didn't find the typeof modern yearing in SS's other two Late Sonatas (oboe and bassoon), but, then when I reacquainted myself this Clarinet Sonata, from the very first phrase I knew I had arrived at the MostPerfectWork...

I mean, wait,.. where have I heard this melody before? Certainly it is more famous than this Sonata??

Anyhow, here we have the SS that I love, the one of the Cello Concerto,...


seeking some other Masterpieces now...

Revisited this sonata (at least the first movement) and it is truly a masterpiece.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #206 on: November 07, 2017, 02:38:47 PM »
Agreed, as I agree with many here: Saint-SaŽns is an uneven composer, not always inspired. But there are dozens of gems among his large oeuvre - and it's a quiet pleasure to 'discover' them for yourself. Another very late (1919) composition that I love is the Morceau de concert (in reality a concerto, or perhaps concertino) for harp and orchestra. Here in its finest performance:
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/2drxEhBWlW4" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/2drxEhBWlW4</a>

It's correct. The Morceau de concert for harp and orchestra is one of those gems. His other concertante works for several instruments represent a delightful show of craftsmanship and beauty.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #207 on: November 07, 2017, 02:39:47 PM »
Nope, I haven't heard it - thanks for bringing it to my attention!

I hope you enjoy it!

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #208 on: November 09, 2017, 01:00:17 AM »
Un petit bijou!

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/wDO6EnqDIhM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/wDO6EnqDIhM</a>

and (Victor Hugo!)  in a more (melo)dramatic way...

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/54I5d4a3QdM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/54I5d4a3QdM</a>

Lyrics: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/la-fianc-e-du-timbalier-the-cymbaleer-s-bride/
The timpanist becomes a "cymbaleer"!



And, finaly, it would be great to have at last a recording of "Le feu cťleste", Saint SaŽns cantata (soprano, narrator, chorus, organ & orchestra) for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. An hommage to electricity!
read the letter SS wrote to Paul Taffanel :

https://books.google.be/books?id=jm922PExav4C&pg=PT332&lpg=PT332&dq=Saint+saens+%2B+Le+feu+celeste&source=bl&ots=smOx8MEnoN&sig=GO8BDnUM3aeeAbLVGIq3T89BCbM&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwibvtyfqrHXAhXMzaQKHbFMCwk4ChDoAQg5MAM#v=onepage&q=Saint%20saens%20%2B%20Le%20feu%20celeste&f=false

P.



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