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Saint-Saëns: The Complete Violin Concertos / Andrew Wan, violin; Montreal SO, Nagano

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 20
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 2 in C major, Op. 58
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Camille Saint-Saens epitomizes French music of the 19th century. Versatile and prolific, he contributed voluminously to every genre of French musical literature and influenced musical life in France as composer, teacher, pianist, organist, conductor, critic, chronicler, poet, and playwright. Saint- Saens qualified as the most "complete" musician of his time according to his devoted friend and student Gabriel Faure. His creative work, of astonishing range, provides a rich source of aesthetic and historical interest, crucial for an understanding of the music and culture of this era. He was so honored and acclaimed both at home and abroad that he became a legend during his lifetime.

The concerto provided Saint-Saens the opportunity to display technical virtuosity as well as to express musical ideas. He explained: "It is virtuosity itself I mean to defend. It is the source of color in music. It gives wings to the artist to help him escape from the prosaic and commonplace.

Andrew Wan is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. In 2008, he was named concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. His relationship with the OSM began with performances of Elgar's Violin Concerto, which were hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse.

Since its founding in 1934, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra has distinguished itself as a leader of the orchestral life of Canada and Quebec. A cultural ambassador of the highest order, the Orchestra has earned an enviable reputation internationally through the quality of its recordings and tours. The OSM carries on that rich tradition under the leadership of its Music Director, Kent Nagano, while featuring innovative programming aimed at underlining the relevance of orchestral repertoire in our lives and strengthening the Orchestra's connection with the community.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: OSM's new home, Maison symphonique de Montréal (2014-11-26_2014-11-27&2014-).



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>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Andrew Wan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: OSM's new home, Maison symphonique de Montréal (2014-11-26_2014-11-27&2014-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1859

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 2 in C major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Andrew Wan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Notes: OSM's new home, Maison symphonique de Montréal (2014-11-26_2014-11-27&2014-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1858

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Andrew Wan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Notes: OSM's new home, Maison symphonique de Montréal (2014-11-26_2014-11-27&2014-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1880