Saint-Saens - Symphonies Vol.1
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Cat No: 8573138
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd February 2015
Symphony no.1 in E flat major, op.2
Symphony no.2 in A minor, op.55
ArtistsMalmo Symphony Orchestra
Precocious as a child, Camille Saint-SaŽns was once known as the French Mendelssohn. The remarkably assured First Symphony, completed at the age of 17, was praised by Berlioz and Gounod at its first performance. The elegantly crafted Second Symphony defies convention, not least by basing the first movement on a fugue, while the symphonic poem Phaťton skilfully brings this Greek mythological drama to life with stampeding horses, thunderbolts and a moving apotheosis.
This is Volume 1 of 3 devoted to the five Saint-SaŽns Symphonies.
The MalmŲ Symphony Orchestra has a highly distinguished track record in recordings, for instance in its Naxos set of Edvard Griegís orchestral music, of which ClassicsToday.com stated, ďas with previous releases in this series, the performances are outstandingĒ (a 10/10 review of volume 6, 8.572403).
Complete recordings of Saint-SaŽnsís symphonies are rare, the only readily available cycle being the venerable 1970s cycle conducted by Jean Martinon. The prospect of this new three volume set, richly embellished with other orchestral works and conducted by acknowledged French music expert Marc Soustrot, will provide a welcome and popular alternative.
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