Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto; Carnival of the Animals; Cello Sonata No. 1; Romance and Serenade

Audio Samples

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 32
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Suite for cello & piano, Op. 16
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 32
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Suite for cello & piano, Op. 16
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mirare’s release of Henri Demarquette playing the cello music of Saint-Saëns includes all the major works for cello solo as well as the beloved Carnival of the Animals, which features the instrument prominently. The composer, apparently concerned that the piece was too frivolous, suppressed performances of it and only allowed one movement, “Le cygne,” (for cello solo) to be published in his lifetime. Saint-Saëns did, however, include a provision which allowed the suite to be published after his death. It was first performed in 1922, and it has since become one of his most popular works. Joined here by one of his favorite accompanists, Brigitte Engerer, Demarquette plays a cello built by Italian luthier Goffredo Cappa in 1697.

"Demarquette possesses the ideal soundworld for Saint-Saëns - clean focussed, tonally pure and expressively agile...[he] and distinguished colleagues steer a convincing interpretative course between Romantic restraint and Classical passion, revealing the full extent of Saint-Saëns's musical world." -Classic FM

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 104 (11/2009).



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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
  • Performer: Henri Demarquette (Cello)
  • Conductor: Joseph Swensen
  • Running Time: 18 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1872

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 32
  • Performers: Boris Berezovsky (Piano); Henri Demarquette (Cello)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36
  • Performers: Brigitte Engerer (Piano); Henri Demarquette (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Suite for cello & piano, Op. 16
  • Performers: Brigitte Engerer (Piano); Henri Demarquette (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1862

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Brigitte Engerer (Piano); Boris Berezovsky (Piano); Henri Demarquette (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886