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The Romantic Cello Concerto, Vol. 5: Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos nos 1 & 2; La muse et la poete; Allegro appassionato; Le Cygne / Natalie Clein, cello

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 2 in D minor, Op. 119
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La muse et le poète, for violin, cello & piano (or orchestra), Op. 132
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On volume five of Hyperion's impressive Romantic Cello Concerto series, Natalie Clein performs works for cello and orchestra by Camille Saint-Saëns. The first concerto has always been one of Saint-Saëns's most popular pieces. It is a gloriously playful piece that carries the listener along on a melodic and emotional roller coaster. The second concerto is less familiar to most listeners. Extremely difficult for the soloist, Clein surmounts its challenges with the marvelous technique, musicianship and the passion for which she has become so well known.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
It is the light airiness of Natalie Clein's approach that works so well here...she finds a golden timbre and fleet elegance, matched by Andrew Manze and the effervescent BBC Scottish forces. This is as close as you'll get to musical champagne; I've a feeling Saint-Saens would have approved.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
This Hyperion programme has much going for it, not least in that it features the mature, sensitive artistry of Natalie Clein. Her spirit in this music is matched by that of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Manze, with passion, reflectiveness, architectural sweep and refinement in phrasing and dynamic colouring all finding common ground.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/12/2013/06/13/2013).



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>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
  • Performer: Natalie Clein (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/12/2013/06/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1872

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 2 in D minor, Op. 119
  • Performer: Natalie Clein (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/12/2013/06/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1902

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La muse et le poète, for violin, cello & piano (or orchestra), Op. 132
  • Performers: Natalie Clein (Cello); Antje Weithaas (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/12/2013/06/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
  • Performer: Natalie Clein (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/12/2013/06/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Natalie Clein (Cello); Judith Keaney (Piano); Julia Lynch (Piano)
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/12/2013/06/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886