Saint-Saens - Music for Wind Ensemble | Naxos 8574234

Saint-Saens - Music for Wind Ensemble

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574234

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 12th February 2021

Contents

Works

Saint-Saens, Camille

Carnival of the Animals
» Introduction et Marche royale du Lion
Henry VIII
» Ballet-Divertissement (Act 2) (selection)
Marche du couronnement, op.117
Marche heroique in E flat major, op.34
Marche religieuse, op.107
Orient et Occident, op.25
Pas redouble in B flat minor, op.86
Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Bacchanale
» Danse des Pretresses de Dagon
Suite Algerienne, op.60
» IV Marche militaire francaise
Vers la victoire, op.152

Artists

Band of the RAF College

Conductor

Jun Markl

Works

Saint-Saens, Camille

Carnival of the Animals
» Introduction et Marche royale du Lion
Henry VIII
» Ballet-Divertissement (Act 2) (selection)
Marche du couronnement, op.117
Marche heroique in E flat major, op.34
Marche religieuse, op.107
Orient et Occident, op.25
Pas redouble in B flat minor, op.86
Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Bacchanale
» Danse des Pretresses de Dagon
Suite Algerienne, op.60
» IV Marche militaire francaise
Vers la victoire, op.152

Artists

Band of the RAF College

Conductor

Jun Markl

About

Camille Saint-SaŽns was involved in every aspect of French music during his long lifetime, and his frequent travels led to a fascinating mixture of Western music with Moorish and African elements in works such as Orient et Occident and the Suite algťrienne. Saint-SaŽns wrote few works for winds, but the grand biblical themes of Samson et Dalila, patriotic military traditions and the dignity of a British coronation all lend themselves perfectly to arrangement. In The Carnival of the Animals, the roaring lions are superbly evocative; while his perspectives on English and Scottish dances in ballet movements from Henry VIII are brilliantly imaginative.

Saint-SaŽns only wrote four original works for military band, and he is of course far more renowned today for popular orchestral hits such as the Danse macabre and the Third (ĎOrganí) Symphony. This release is a scintillating exploration of Saint-SaŽnsís music, putting famous classics such as The Carnival of the Animals next to less frequently heard marches and dances, all attired with fresh and invigorating new sounds.

Jun Mšrkl has led numerous desirable recordings, becoming well known for his refined and idiomatic explorations of French music. His Saint-SaŽns recordings for Naxos include the ballet Ascanio (8574033), which is played with Ďgreat panache and spirit, [and is] all hugely enjoyableí (Gramophone).

MusicWeb International admired the Ďelegant music makingí in Mšrklís recording of the Symphonic Poems (8573745), and further orchestral works including the Suite algťrienne (8573732) had AllMusic.com concluding that he Ďand the Basque National Orchestra are ideal interpreters of Saint-SaŽns.í

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