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St-Saëns, Camille

A child prodigy that was later hailed by Liszt as "the greatest organist in the world," Camille Saint-Saëns led a fascinating life filled to the brim with music. We'll explore his life, compositions, and influence in this five-part series.

Program 1



Camille Saint-Saëns: Op. 6 Bagatelles (excerpts)
Hobson, p.
Arab 6570
2:10, :51, :59

Saint-Saëns: Symphony in A, I & III
ORTF National Orchestra/Martinon
EMI 62643

Saint-Saëns: Symphony #1 in E-flat, Op. 2, IV
ORTF National Orchestra/Martinon
EMI 62643

Saint-Saëns: Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 14, III
Ensemble Musique Oblique
HM 901471

Schubert: “Gretchen am Spinnrade”, D. 118 (excerpt)
Richard Goode, p.; Dawn Upshaw, s.
Nonesuch 79317

Saint-Saëns: Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31
RCA 78978

Saint-Saëns: “Extase” 
Jean-Phillipe Collard, p.; José Van Dam, bs. bar.
EMI 54818

Saint-Saëns: Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Dutoit; Chung, v.
Lon 425021

Program 2

Saint-Saëns: Tarantelle For Flute, Clarinet And Orchestra 
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Geoffrey Simon
CACD 1015

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto #2 In G Minor, Op. 22, (excerpts), I
Royal Concergebouw Orchestra/Neeme Järvi; Davidovich, p.
Phil 410 052

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto #1 In A Minor, Op. 33  
London Symphony Orchestra/Antal Doráti; János Starker, vc.
Mercury 432 010

Saint-Saëns: “Danse Macabre” 
Jean-Philippe Collard, p.; José Van Dam, bs. bar.
EMI 548182 

Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre
National Philharmonic Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski; Sidney Sax, violin
​EMI 64140

Program 3

Saint-Saëns: Overture fr. Henry VIII (excerpt)
Orchestre Lyrique Français/Guingal
Chant du Monde 1083/85

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalia (excerpts)
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Colin Davis; José Cura, ten.; Olga Borodina, ms.
Erato 24756 

Saint-Saëns: “Donce Le Pape Est Hostile...” fr. Henry VIII  (excerpt)
Orchestre Lyrique Français/Guingal; Rouillon & Laiter, voc.
Chant du Monde 1083/85

Henry the VIII, I Am (excerpt)
Herman’s Hermits

Saint-Saëns: Messe de Requiem, I & II
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon
Cala 1015

Program 4

Saint-Saëns: Morceau De Concert In F Minor, Op. 94- Allegro; Allegro Non Troppo 
Leipzig Gewandhaus/Kurt Masur; Baumann, hn.
​Philips 416380 

Saint-Saëns: Carnival Of The Animals  
Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy; Claude Frank & Lillian Kallir, pianos
Sony 62638

Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, op. 61, I & II 
New York Philharmonic/Dimitri Mitropoulos; Francescati, v.   
Sony Masterworks Heritage 62339

Saint-Saëns: Romance In F, Op. 36  
Steven Isserlis, vc.; Francis Grier, p.
RCA 61678

Program 5

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 4, IV
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein; R. Casadesus, p.
RCA 6377

Saint-Saëns: Symphony #3 In C Minor, Op. 78, Organ
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/James Levine; Preston, org.
DG 419617

Saint-Saëns: “Le Rossignol et la Rose” 
Berlin Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schonwandt; Dessay, s.
EMI 14129


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