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Saint-Saens: Symphony in F "Urbs Roma" / Soustrot, Malmo

Saint-saens / Malmo Symphony Orchestra / Soustrot
Release Date: 09/11/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573140   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marika Faltskog
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The third volume in Marc Soustrot's series on Naxos of the five symphonies of Camille Saint-Saëns presents one of his least familiar works, the Symphony in F major, "Urbs Roma," an early effort from 1856, written when the composer was 21 years old. The symphony won a prize at a competition held by the Bordeaux Société Ste Cécile, no doubt in recognition of Saint-Saëns' skillful orchestration and many striking passages that, by turns, evoke Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. However, Saint-Saëns thought so little of the piece that he didn't publish it, and it subsequently suffered from decades of neglect. With little coverage in the concert hall or on CD, this symphony deserves a break-out Read more recording, and Soustrot's performance with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra may be the one to secure this symphony a place in the standard repertoire. Programmed with the somewhat obscure tone poem, La jeunesse d'Hercule, and the extremely popular Danse macabre, the symphony has a fine presentation, and if Soustrot has performed a service for Saint-Saëns' music, it may be in giving new life to this long forgotten work.

– Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in F major "Urbs Roma" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; France 
Venue:  Malmö Concert Hall, Malmö, Sweden 
Length: 41 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
La jeunesse d'Hercule in E flat major, Op. 50 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Venue:  Malmö Concert Hall, Malmö, Sweden 
Length: 18 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marika Faltskog (Violin)
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Venue:  Malmö Concert Hall, Malmö, Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Nice Program June 4, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This is Vol. 3 in the Naxos Saint-Saens symphony cycle, and it is no less accomplished than its very worthy predecessors. The featured work is an early, unpublished symphony with the subtitle 'Urbs Roma.' (Don't ask me what this signifies- I'm clueless.) Lacking an opus number (obviously!) the work is given a beautiful performance by Sweden's outstanding Malmo Symphony Orchestra. Of particular note, the final movement is unusually structured for a concluding symphonic chapter- theme and variations with a noticeably subdued, gentle sign-off. The dramatic symphonic poem 'Hercules' Youth' portrays the conflicting choices facing the Greek mythological hero- a life of struggle and virtue versus a life of pleasure-seeking (is there any hint of Wagner's Tannhauser here?). Finally, the program is rounded out by Danse Macabre, another symphonic poem that is more well-known than the other works. All in all, an interesting program with great sound. Recommended." Report Abuse
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