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Neeme Jarvi Conducts Saint Saens [Chandos: CHSA 5104] Hybrid SACD

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  • Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B007WB5DP2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,632 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The works on this disc are all early, dating from the first half of the composing life of Saint-Saëns that is, with the one exception of the Marche du couronnement which the composer wrote for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. In Spartacus, the composer depicts Alphonse Pagèss tragedy on the revolt headed by the ill-fated gladiator in 73 BC by use of bold, chromatic notes, followed by a military allegro which integrates them. After a tender theme, the bold notes return, now with a downward turn at the end, probably evoking Spartacuss defeat, and the concert overture ends with a march that recalls the tender theme. Equally dramatic is Saint-Saënss symphonic poem Phaëton. In ancient Greek myths, Phaëton, the son of Helios, is reluctantly given permission to drive his fathers sun chariot. As Phaëton fails to control the chariot, and carries the sun too close to the earth, Zeus intervenes and brings the unfortunate ride and Phaëton himself to an abrupt end by means of a thunderbolt. Saint-Saënss writing for large-scale orchestra (including contra-bassoon, tuba, two harps, and three timpanists) brings with it a pure, raw energy. The intense state of panic is signalled by a menacing low note on the trombone and further heightened through subsequent imitative entries that crowd in on one another. After Zeuss massive thunderbolt, the music subsides into a feeling of loss and regret. Saint-Saënss other three symphonic poems are also on this disc Le Rouet dOmphale, Danse macabre, and La Jeunesse dHercule as well as the Danse bacchanale from Samson et Dalila and the Marche militaire française from Suite algérienne. The works are performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and its Conductor Laureate, Neeme Järvi, who in the course of his conducting career has amassed a distinguished discography of more than 440 recordings, well over 150 of them for Chandos Records.

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The RSNO is on top form, full of wit, colour and joie de vivre. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC ORCHESTRAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Aug'12

Fêted from the Middle East to South America (where he wrote the Uruguayan national anthem) during his life-time, Camille Saint-Saëns is remarkable both for the variety and volume of his orientalist music and the sophistication of its orchestration. Neeme Järvi's programme of symphonic poems, bacchanales and barcarolles ranges from the smokily luxuriant to the swashbuckling. An attractive performance of exotic bon-bons from the RSNO. **** --Independent ,24/06/12

Recommendation ? It's hard to imagine any lover of romantic music-much less any admirer of Saint-Saens in particular-who won't want to snap up this disc. Warmly Welcomed. --IRR, July/Aug'12

The playing is full of character, the music's detail clearly elucidated, the images of Saint-Saens's imagination frimly and atmospherically fixed.All in all this is a disc with plenty to discover and enjoy. --Gramophone, Sept'12


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