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Saint-Saens: Complete Symphonies Double CD

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  • Conductor: Jean Martino
  • Composer: Saint-Saens
  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B007762J3Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Poco Adagio - Allegro Vivace
2. Andantino
3. Scherzo: Vivace
4. Finale: Allegro Molto - Presto
5. Adagio - Allegro
6. Marche-scherzo: Allegretto Scherzando
7. Adagio
8. Finale: Allegro Maestoso
9. Allegro Marcato - Allegro Appassionato
10. Adagio
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Disc: 2
1. Largo - Allegro
2. Molto Vivace
3. Moderato Assai Serioso
4. Poco Allegretto - Andante Con Moto
5. Adagio - Allegro Maestoso - Poco Adagio
6. Allegro Moderato - Presto - Maestoso - Più Allegro

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One of the most naturally gifted of all composers, the young Camille Saint-Saëns completed the first of his five symphonies when he was just 15 years old.The result the delightful Symphony in A Major, composed in 1850 is a work so polished and accomplished that it is hard to imagine that greater maturity would have allowed Saint- Saëns to improve it.The Symphony in E flat, published as his Symphony No.1 and Op.2, followed three years later, a remarkable work in which it is plain to see that the composer had made huge strides. Both Berlioz and Gounod, who attended the premiere, were bowled over by the assured technique, colourful orchestration, memorable tunes and sense of poise. The Symphony in F a charming Schumannesque work, which won Saint-Saëns the first prize in a competition and the Symphony No.2 a wonderfully wrought composition, full of surprises followed in 1856 and 1859 respectively. However, the most popular of the five is undoubtedly the Symphony No.3, commonly known as the Organ Symphony. This radical work is constructed in two sections, using the Lisztian method of transforming themes. The huge orchestra, complete with piano four hands, is used to maximum effect, with the organs dramatic entry at the start of the final section a moment of thrilling musical drama. While the Organ Symphony has deservedly earned a place in the repertoire, Jean Martinons insightful and critically acclaimed recordings reveal the earlier symphonies as works of great appeal, worthy of far greater attention than they are normally afforded.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Saint-Saëns wrote five symphonies. The first pair are student works never given Opus numbers; they are quite delightful. When Saint-Saëns was just 18 the "official" first appeared, followed by the Bizetesque second at age 24, with the well-known third (the "Organ Symphony") many years later. The two earlier works are superb pieces, exhibiting fine craftsmanship, well-ventilated orchestration, and surprisingly powerful finales.

This Brilliant Classics release offers us the classic HMV/EMI recordings made in Paris between 1972 and 1974 by the Orchestre National de l'ORTF conducted by Jean Martinon. Whilst the recordings are very good, having been made at the height of the analogue era, they are occasionally a bit over-reverberant, but not enough to worry about.

I can't imagine how many times these recordings have been repackaged! They are still available from EMI here Saint-Saens: Complete Symphonies - EMI Masters, here Saint-Saens: Complete Symphonies, and here Saint-Saens: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 5; this Brilliant Classics set will do just nicely, though.

There have been few recordings of the symphonies, with the exception of the "Organ Symphony" (the classic Munch recording simply has to be owned/heard
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By G. Wright on 7 Dec. 2014
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Beautiful & different from the well known ones...
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm on 13 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this recording very much. I do not know how it compares to others as some of the material was new to me, but the organ symphony held up very well.
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