Saint-Saens - Music for Cello & Orchestra | Australian Eloquence ELQ4822033

Saint-Saens - Music for Cello & Orchestra

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4822033

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 11th November 2016



Christine Walevska (cello)
Orchestre National de líOpera de Monte-Carlo


Eliahu Inbal


Saint-Saens, Camille

Allegro appassionato in B minor, op.43
Cello Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.33
Cello Concerto no.2 in D minor, op.119
Suite for cello and orchestra, op.16


Christine Walevska (cello)
Orchestre National de líOpera de Monte-Carlo


Eliahu Inbal


In 1872, when he composed his Cello Concerto No.1, Camille Saint-SaŽns was 37. Although he had already enjoyed a few successes, at that time he was far from being the established and well-respected figure in French music that he later would become.

Nearly three decades went by before Saint-SaŽns composed his Cello Concerto No.2. Although it has never enjoyed the popularity of the earlier work, none other than Faurť selected it as a Conservatoire test piece. Modern critics have argued that it is even finer, and that its themes are more noble. The Op.16 Suite was originally written for cello and piano and was later revised for cello and orchestra, while the Allegro appassionato in B minor is one of the most popular encore pieces for cello

When these recordings by Christine Walevska and Eliahu Inbal were first issued on Philips in 1974 they represented the first complete set of recordings of Saint-SaŽnsís complete music for cello and orchestra to be released.

ĎThe playing of Walevska is good throughout, full of passion & flair where called for and rapt tenderness in other placesí - H.R.

ĎEvery cellist plays at least the two concertos, but there are surprisingly few truly excellent recordings. Christine Walevska not only plays wonderfully, but she gives us all of the composerís major works for cello and orchestra, and the performances have that French crispness and polish that so many more famous soloists lack. Sheís also very well recorded, and the Monte Carlo Orchestra has this musical idiom in its collective bones. It really is rewarding to hear these performances again.í -

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