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Saint-Saens: Orchestral Works / Pastrana, Markl, Basque National Orchestra


Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573732  
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Guillermo Pastrana
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Saint-Saens’ travels often resulted in geographically themed works, such as the Suite algerienne: this exotic musical picture postcard- full of perfumed sensuality and the brazen confidence of march themes- reflects the composer’s visits to colonial North Africa. The two suites on this recording are both structured around dance movements and were originally scored for different forces- the Suite in D major, Op. 49 for harmonium, the Suite in D minor, Op. 16 for cello and piano. The engaging Serenade, Op. 15, rarely performed with its original, exotic scoring, is heard here in an orchestral transcription. Saint-Saens’ travels often resulted in geographically themed works, such as the Suite algerienne: this exotic musical picture postcard- full of perfumed sensuality and the brazen confidence of march themes- reflects the composer’s visits to colonial North Africa. The two suites on this recording are both structured around dance movements and were originally scored for different forces- the Suite in D major, Op. 49 for harmonium, the Suite in D minor, Op. 16 for cello and piano. The engaging Serenade, Op. 15, rarely performed with its original, exotic scoring, is heard here in an orchestral transcription. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite algérienne in C major, Op. 60 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
2.
Suite for Orchestra in D major, Op. 49 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
3.
Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 16bis by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Guillermo Pastrana (Cello)
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
4.
Sérénade in E flat major, Op. 15 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 

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