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Saint-saens: Complete Works For Piano

8 April 2008 | Format: MP3

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1
2:43
2
3:18
3
3:18
4
2:40
5
4:03
6
5:20
7
6:37
8
18:16
9
9:49
10
12:05
Disc 2
1
3:24
2
4:04
3
4:47
4
3:53
5
2:04
6
2:20
7
4:38
8
2:37
9
6:39
10
5:19
11
5:30
12
12:09
13
3:52
14
10:10
Disc 3
1
3:24
2
4:03
3
2:20
4
4:34
5
3:01
6
5:30
7
7:48
8
3:01
9
2:41
10
3:15
11
9:34
12
5:23
13
3:07
14
4:06
15
2:39
16
2:11
Disc 4
1
6:22
2
3:52
3
7:12
4
7:05
5
2:48
6
9:22
7
4:44
8
4:49
9
2:11
10
1:55
11
1:54
12
4:20
13
5:08
14
1:58
Disc 5
1
2:02
2
2:26
3
5:28
4
4:20
5
2:16
6
4:32
7
4:55
8
4:25
9
3:11
10
2:42
11
2:40
12
2:46
13
4:42
14
2:11
15
2:06
16
0:45
17
0:39
18
2:00
19
1:25
20
0:49
21
2:21
22
0:58
23
2:13
24
1:35
25
1:39
26
1:18
27
3:07
28
1:48


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 April 2008
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: VOX
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Vox
  • Total Length: 5:41:11
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  • ASIN: B001N7CVZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,600 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Derek Bebb on 20 Jan 2011
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This is a useful and inexpensive survey of Saint-Saens' piano solos and duets in 5 CDs, the works presented in more or less the right order of composition from the Opus 3 'Bagatelles' up to the Op.169 'Feullet d'Album'. The music ranges from the light and tuneful to more serious fare like 'The Beethoven Variations Op 35' and the 'Fugues Op 161' with everything written with the composer's customary skill.
The 20 page booklet is excellent with a detailed account of all the works, including some which seem to have been missed in what is supposed to be a complete survey such as the duet Op 59 'Konig Harald Harfagar' and the March Op 163. It's a pity they couldn't have been included instead of the completely unnecessary peformance of 'The Carnival of the Animals' which surely every Saint-Saens lover already owns.
The solo and duet performances are excellent and the recording from 1974 is good.
If you love Saint-Saens's music as much as I do you can't do without this excellent bargain.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jorge roque on 12 July 2013
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As an amateur classical music listner and amateur musician I highly recomend it ! I don't have theoretical or pratical knowlegde to write a more accurate review.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Proto-Modern Music 21 May 2004
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Saint-Saens didn't believe that music must express deep emotion to be worthwhile. He was more interested in beautiful surfaces than in profundity. The composer's aesthetic, which might be described as "decorative," justifies certain limitations and is not all that different from Milhaud's or Poulenc's, although the musical idiom is more 19th century than 20th century.

Because this is a "complete works" set of CDs, the quality of the compositions is predictably uneven. Several of the many pieces included are too protracted, formulaic and even dull, but few are without any interest. Almost all seem impersonal and dispassionate. That said, much of the music is lovely, frequently colorful and occasionally dazzling. Saint-Saens' piano writing is almost always transparent, elegant, ironic and wry. Some pieces, like the Scherzo for Two Pianos (which is organized as a palindrome), the Valse Gaie and the Etude en Forme de Valse, are stunning mixtures of modern musical language and traditional gestures. There is truly no other music like this.

Admirers of French music are fortunate that Vox decided to reissue these performances, which range from adequate to excellent.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Apollo AND Dionysus 6 Aug 2008
By Dace Gisclard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is delightful stuff! Nothing "profound" here (what a dreadful sin, Mr. Gerber!) but plenty of this composer's mix of the playful and the intellectual. True, there are a few pieces (the fugues and some of the more mechanically-oriented etudes) that are academic note-spinning, but there's lots more that aren't. It's perfectly OK to like and enjoy this kind of elegant fluff--does EVERYTHING have to be a heaven-storming masterpiece? People who think that miss an awful lot. If you like Bizet (but don't expect Carmen!) and Chabrier, this will appeal to you.

Saint-Saens was one of the greatest pianists of his time, and certainly knew his way around a keyboard. Marylene Dosse has the technique and temperament to do this music justice. The remastered analog sound is NOT terrible--perhaps a bit shallow and not state of the art digital, but quite easily listenable. I certainly don't hear the "bumps and pops" alluded to by another reviewer--can't imagine what's going on there.

Highlights of the set that I particularly enjoy: the two-piano Beethoven Variations on the trio of the menuet of the Piano Sonata Op.31 No.3 (the pianos sound in tune to me, although someone with perfect pitch might find them a few cents off!); the Allegro appassionato and the Etude en forme de valse--two standard classics that every lover of French piano music should know; the transcription and abridgement for piano solo of the first movement of Piano Concerto No.3 (with the orchestral parts absorbed into the piano); the last of the Etudes Op.111 where the composer reworks material from his Piano Concerto No.5 into a brilliant toccata.

At this price, this set is a steal, and, as Mr. Crawford said, a nice companion for the piano concertos (I'm particularly fond of Collard--Hough is a bit too much of a speed demon on the autobahn, looking neither to the right nor left to see the beauties just within sight.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Marylene Dosse truly makes the piano sparkle 5 Dec 2007
By Matthew - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection rare to come across: the complete piano works by Saint-Saens. As a native of France, Ms. Dosse accomplishes the nearly impossible task of recording the entirety of this difficult french repertoire. Her masterful understand of the music is apparently throughout every piece and her musicality extends far past that of many of the great pianists. In addition to the extraordinary playing, the set is marvelously priced. This is a set to add to your collection.
A very good recording. 25 Feb 2014
By Parviz - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Saint-Saens music and the recordings met my expectations. But of course I love Saint-Saens music! The recording is also very fine.
Saint-Saens at his best 3 Feb 2013
By BarClay - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a shame that I had to wait this long to hear this music. As a pianist, I have been exposed to many of the best known and lesser known piano works by famous composers, but I had never seen or heard these works before this recording. These works are melodic, inventive, and superbly played. Marylene Dosse (sometimes joined by Annie Petit) demonstrate the power, clearness of touch, and sensitivity that one would expect from better known pianists. This CD is a wonderful find, and I heartily recommend it.
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