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Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Works / Neeme Järvi

Audio Samples

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>     Act 3. Danse bacchanale
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Phaeton, Op. 39
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La jeunesse d'Hercule, symphonic poem in E flat major, Op. 50
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Suite algerienne, Op. 60
>     4. Marche militaire française
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La Princesse jaune, Op. 30
>     Overture
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Une nuit a Lisbonne, barcarolle for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 63
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Spartacus Overture, for orchestra in E flat major
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Coronation March, for orchestra in C major, Op. 117

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Phaeton, Op. 39
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La jeunesse d'Hercule, symphonic poem in E flat major, Op. 50
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Suite algerienne, Op. 60
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La Princesse jaune, Op. 30
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Une nuit a Lisbonne, barcarolle for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 63
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Spartacus Overture, for orchestra in E flat major
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Coronation March, for orchestra in C major, Op. 117
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The works on this disc are all early, dating from the first half of the composing life of Saint-Saëns - that is, with the one exception of the Marche du couronnement which the composer wrote for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. In Spartacus, the composer depicts Alphonse Pagès's tragedy on the revolt headed by the ill-fated gladiator in 73 BC by use of bold, chromatic notes. Equally dramatic is Saint-Saëns's symphonic poem Phaëton. Saint-Saëns's other three symphonic poems are also on this disc - Le Rouet d'Omphale, Danse macabre, and La Jeunesse d'Hercule - as well as the 'Danse bacchanale' from Samson et Dalila and the 'Marche militaire française' from Suite algérienne. The works are performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and its Conductor Laureate, Neeme Järvi, who in the course of his conducting career has amassed a distinguished discography of more than 440 recordings, well over 150 of them for Chandos Records. Järvi is celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday this year, and to mark the anniversary Chandos will release a two-disc set of highlights from his extensive Chandos discography in July.

The Guardian
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra play with consummate elegance for their former music director Neeme JSrvi, though their very authentic sound in French music also shows the influence of StTphane DenFve's more recent tenure.

The Independent
Järvi's programme of symphonic poems, bacchanales and barcarolles ranges from the smokily luxuriant to the swashbuckling. An attractive performance of exotic bon-bons from the RSNO.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
This is pure pleasure...a collection of sparkling gems...The RSNO is on top form, with shimmering strings, colourful woodwind and swaggering brass, full of wit, colour and joie de vivre. The recording is also outstanding...giving a wonderful, natural bloom that is perfect for this effervescent music.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
The playing is full of character, the music's detail clearly elucidated, the images of Saint-Saens's imagination firmly and atmospherically fixed...All in all this is a disc with plenty to discover and enjoy.

The Arts Desk, 11th August 2012
You can't imagine these pieces being delivered with more conviction; proof that the relationship between Järvi and the RSNO is as strong as ever.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011).



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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Act 3. Danse bacchanale
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1872

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Phaéton, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1873

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Maya Iwabuchi (Violin)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1874

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : La jeunesse d'Hercule, symphonic poem in E flat major, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Suite algérienne, Op. 60 :: 4. Marche militaire française
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : La Princesse jaune, Op. 30 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1872

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Une nuit à Lisbonne, barcarolle for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 63
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Spartacus Overture, for orchestra in E flat major
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1863

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Coronation March, for orchestra in C major, Op. 117
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (09/14/2011-09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1902