Saint-Saens - Complete Symphonies | Naxos 8503301

Saint-Saens - Complete Symphonies


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8503301

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 11th June 2021



Saint-Saëns wrote five symphonies between the years 1850 and 1886. The cycle began with the Mozart-influenced Symphony in A but as a precocious composer of 17 he wrote his first numbered symphony, a work much admired by Berlioz and Gounod. He progressed to his most popular piece in the genre, the groundbreaking Symphony no.3 with its inclusion of organ and piano. This critically admired cycle includes a sequence of atmospheric and dramatic symphonic poems, including Phaéton and the ever-popular Danse macabre.

Founded in 1925, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is one of the leading major orchestras in Sweden. Performing the full breadth of the symphonic repertoire, the MSO collaborates with prominent international conductors and soloists. The MSO has won critical acclaim for its numerous recordings with leading record labels, including first prizes in competitions such as the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or. Together with chief conductor Marc Soustrot, the orchestra has made extensive efforts to record all of Camille Saint-Saëns’ orchestral works and continues to cultivate its growing reputation via international tours.

‘The performances from Marc Soustrot and the Malmö Symphony are strong and carefully considered, which admirably suits the symphonies.’ – The Guardian ***** (8573138: Symphonies 1 & 2, Phaéton)

‘With his conducting, Marc Soustrot creates a lot of electrifying energy, the excellent sound of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra having been perfectly captured.’ – Pizzicato ***** (8573139: Symphony no.3, Symphony in A minor, etc.)

‘Honest performances that show off Saint-Saens’s mastery of the orchestra and, at least some of the time, an inventiveness that still impresses a century and a half-later.’ – BBC Music Magazine **** (8573140: Symphony in F major, Danse macabre, etc.)

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