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karlhenning

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #40 on: July 11, 2007, 07:55:12 AM »
Saint-SaŽns is a composer I used to hate, and now like quite a lot!

Testify, brother!

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #41 on: July 11, 2007, 09:46:16 AM »
IMO Saint-SaŽns' strenths are to be found in his chamber music: highly original and inventive, with a very keen eye for unusual combinations of instruments and blending their sounds. He was a real French composer in that last respect, though his music is structurely more insprired by the Austro-German repertoire. A very interesting combination.

Some favourites.



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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #42 on: July 11, 2007, 10:44:43 AM »
I've never heard the OBOE SONATA . . . . . . Thanks for the tip! . . . . . .  8)

While you order that... some guy called A.Rubtsov recorded Introduction & Rondo-Capriccioso on oboe.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #43 on: July 11, 2007, 10:49:48 AM »
His Etudes are fantastic; all of them: sixths, thirds, rythm difficulties, sing-through chords, left hand alone, staccato. They are not only technically constructive, but also provide great fun for pianists-to-be.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #44 on: July 18, 2007, 08:39:56 AM »
While you order that... some guy called A.Rubtsov recorded Introduction & Rondo-Capriccioso on oboe.

I have never heard of that piece, but the oboist is well known for being the young oboist whom at his early 20s is already principal in the Russian National Orchestra. Which label did that recording come from?

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #45 on: July 18, 2007, 11:01:07 AM »
I have never heard of that piece, but the oboist is well known for being the young oboist whom at his early 20s is already principal in the Russian National Orchestra. Which label did that recording come from?


An impressed friend sent me the file in mp3 format, through Msn Messenger, a while ago. I don't know where it came from.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #46 on: September 02, 2007, 07:59:55 PM »
This thread needs reviving.

3rd Violin Concerto is to die for. The perfectly gorgeous Allegro, the fragile beauty of the harmonic arpeggios colored by the clarinet at the end of the Andantino, the swoonworthy passion of the last movement, and the final joyous brass contrasted with the lyrical virtuosic violin lines. Oh my. Wow. Shame on me for not exploring Saint-SaŽns more until now...

Who do you like in the violin concertos? I was listening to Perlman, very nice.

Edit: Wanted to add, the portrait at the beginning of this thread is so beautiful and lifelike, one of nicest composer portraits I have seen...who painted it?
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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #47 on: September 02, 2007, 09:17:21 PM »
3rd Violin Concerto is to die for.

Now try his Second. ;)

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #48 on: September 02, 2007, 10:37:43 PM »

3rd Violin Concerto is to die for.


Please don't! ::)

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #49 on: September 03, 2007, 02:59:28 AM »
Who do you like in the violin concertos? I was listening to Perlman, very nice.


As I said before, I don't think you will find one better than Perlman/Barenboim for the third.
And I stick to Ricci for the second concerto.


Now try his Second. ;)

Interesting, but not better than the third.

Mark

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #50 on: September 03, 2007, 03:43:13 AM »
Interesting, but not better than the third.

I had in mind the slow movement specifically.

karlhenning

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #51 on: September 03, 2007, 07:37:23 AM »
This thread needs reviving.

3rd Violin Concerto is to die for. The perfectly gorgeous Allegro, the fragile beauty of the harmonic arpeggios colored by the clarinet at the end of the Andantino, the swoonworthy passion of the last movement, and the final joyous brass contrasted with the lyrical virtuosic violin lines. Oh my. Wow. Shame on me for not exploring Saint-SaŽns more until now...

Who do you like in the violin concertos? I was listening to Perlman, very nice.

Edit: Wanted to add, the portrait at the beginning of this thread is so beautiful and lifelike, one of nicest composer portraits I have seen...who painted it?

Go, Greta, go! :-)

I like any violinist in the Saint-SaŽns concerti as they are playing them (I just haven't heard any to dislike in these).

Interesting, but not better than the third.

Mark's comment does not imply any relative superiority, of course.

m_gigena

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #52 on: September 03, 2007, 09:33:27 AM »
Mark's comment does not imply any relative superiority, of course.

It's easy to read mine does.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #53 on: September 04, 2007, 03:10:36 PM »
Testify, brother!


Wish I could say much more than I did before! Did I mention Samson et Dalila?  When I first started listening to this opera, with its almost monotonous opening minutes, I moved to skip ahead, but I couldn't. Now, I love how the opera starts, I find it oddly compelling, in the same way that I find myself unbreakably fascinated by the first movement of Brahms Op.25 Piano Quartet. The pieces are not at all similar for a myriad of reasons, but my emotional response is very similar: "I can't turn this off!" These are probably the only two pieces in all of music that hold such a completely mysterious hold on me, which is really bizarre considering I'm not so heavy into late 19th century music in general.

Sorry, my technical knowledge of music is extremely limited, so I'm stuck with feelings and impressions. Don't have anything meaningful to contribute.

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #55 on: December 31, 2007, 02:18:46 PM »
TTT, mes amis!

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #56 on: March 23, 2009, 03:17:27 PM »
Ok, after having hearing a live performance of Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2, I would love to have some recommendations!  Of the #2, or of all 5 PCs for that matter!   :)  Thank you kindly.  0:)

I've seen a few recommendations for Stephen Hough. 

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #57 on: March 23, 2009, 10:41:38 PM »
My first recommendation would be Pascal Rogť (on a midpriced Decca twofer) but Hough is also a worthy choice.

karlhenning

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #58 on: March 24, 2009, 04:02:45 AM »
Good question, Ray!  The set I've got is lovely, but would be an eccentric recommendation (not sure it's still available) . . . a mono reissue, performed by Jeanne-Marie Darrť.

karlhenning

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Re: Camille Saint-SaŽns
« Reply #59 on: March 24, 2009, 04:16:26 AM »
Hah! I had clean forgot that I have this EMI two-fer, as well . . . for when I need stereo in my life  8)

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