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Saint-Saens: Complete Violin Concertos
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This inexpensive Brilliant Classics 2-CD set is well-worth acquiring as it contains excellent performances of Camille Saint-Saëns's violin pieces with orchestra. Originally recorded by HMV in 1977 in the Abbey Road studios, here we have Ulf Hoelscher accompanied by the New Philharmonia Orchestra conduted by Pierre Dervaux, with all three of the underrated Violin Concertos, and several other concertante pieces.

Both the recording and performances are very fine, but they can be found (accompanied by Aldo Ciccolini's enjoyable piano concertos) in one of those cheap EMI France box sets here, Saint-Saens: Concertos (Emi France) - possibly the better buy.

Only the third of Saint-Saëns's violin concetos remains in the repertoire today, but all three are most attractive (as are the other pieces). Saint-Saëns concertos are carefully constructed in order to best show off the clarity and elegance of the soloist's playing and they plumb no emotional depths. As Alfred Cortot once said - "neat and even brilliant rhythms, more intelligence than sensibility, more verve than feelings."

I find much of the apparently rather unfashionable music of Saint-Saëns very entertaining, and this set can be wholeheartedly recommended.
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on 24 August 2013
Once again good value for money, it is nice to have the complete concertos in one box
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