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Saint-Saëns: Chamber Music Double CD

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Audio CD (2 May 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00095L8X4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Allegro moderato - Piu allegro
2. Tempo Di Menuetto Moderato
3. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
4. Allegro non troppo - Animato
5. Tarentelle in A minor
6. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
7. Allegro Scherzando
8. Molto Adagio - Allegro Moderato
9. Allegretto
10. Andante Maestoso Ma Con Moto
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Disc: 2
1. Allegro Moderato E Maestoso
2. Andante Sostenuto
3. Presto
4. Allegro Assai, Ma Tranquillo
5. Andantino
6. Allegretto
7. Molto allegretto
8. Allegretto
9. Allegro Animato
10. Lento
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Product Description

Septuor, op.65 - Tarentelle, op.6 - Sonate pour basson, op.168 - Quatuor avec piano, op.41 - Quintette pour piano et cordes, op.14 - Sonate pour hautbois, op.166 - Sonate pour clarinette, op.167 - Caprice sur des airs danois et russes / The Nash Ensemble

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Peacock on 27 Feb. 2013
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This generous double disc survey of Saint-Saens' chamber music offers the listener over two hours of unalloyed pleasure and contains a judicious selection of works for various ensembles that range across his career - indeed the three sonatas for bassoon, clarinet and oboe respectively are very late pieces and were part of an intended series of such works for each member of the standard woodwind family, a project only curtailed by the composer's death in 1921. There are pieces of some substance here, such as the piano quintet and the piano quartet, both of which come in at around the 30 minute mark, but also occasional works and jeux d'esprit, like the Tarantelle in A minor or the Caprice on Danish and Russian themes.

The septet that opens the programme - scored for piano and a string quintet plus, unusually, a trumpet - combines elements of both these approaches to composition; written after some demur for the music society (named La Trompette) of a friend, this is a real delight - whimsical and witty, its mock-serious use of forms such as fugue showcase his ability to write music of technical proficiency that never loses its charm. Replete with melody (as is everything in this collection), it also packs a startling variety of incident into its relatively short span and there are some delectable examples of the composer's gift for imaginative scoring, some of which - like the brief appearance of scurrying violin figures in the fugal section of the opening 'Preambule' - are tantalisingly over just as you begin to savour them; although perfectly formed, this is definitely music that left me wanting to hear more.
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Camille Saint Saens (1835-1921) was first introduced to the piano at the age of two (when it was discovered that he had perfect pitch), and wrote his first symphony at the age of 16. And he was still composing right at the end of his life, aged 85. Among his very last works are three sonatas for wind instruments: the Oboe Sonata (Op 166), Clarinet Sonata (Op 167) and Bassoon Sonata (Op 168). “I am using my last energies to add to the repertoire for these otherwise neglected instruments,” he wrote. His intention was to write a larger set, but sonatas for flute and cor anglais weren’t completed before his death in Algiers at the very end of 1921.

Saint Saens had been a firebrand in his day and a champion of Liszt and Wagner, but in his old age he became a conservative, unable to comprehend the music of Debussy or Stravinsky, for instance. The sonatas ignore contemporary trends and look back to classical models, while they also conform to the French style of transparency and coolness. The Oboe Sonata is particularly melodic, with a graceful Andantino to start, a lilting 9/8 dance for the middle movement, framed by meditative slow sections, and a lively gigue for the finale, showing that the old man still had some energy left. All three sonatas have retained their place in the repertoire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Stroud on 22 Feb. 2013
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Interesting selection of little known works by a somewhat underrated composer. The septet featuring a trumpet is a particularly attractive piece.
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I cannot praise and thank enough The Nash Ensemble for rendering so refined French music.This CD is one of my favorite now amongst the greatest.Having said that the price is ridiculously excessive with a £5 increase in a few days...
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By Denis Byrne on 30 Jun. 2015
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Excellent value .Speedy service.
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