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Saint-saëns: Le Carnaval Des Animaux, Septuor-fantasie


Release Date: 01/13/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 45603   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Michel DalbertoJanne SaksalaFlorent JodeletPaul Meyer,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc contains much delightful chamber music playing. Carnival of the Animals receives a bold, exciting reading in which the players really romp through this charming menagerie. Tempos are swift: it's hard to believe that Emmanuel Pahud (flute) gets through the Aviary with his lips intact, but despite the broad strokes of humor and up-front recorded sound, the approach never becomes annoying. The two pianists in particular manage to provide a welcome variety of touch and articulation, and they keep their clowning in "Pianists" within reasonable bounds. It's also worth noting that the percussionist uses a real glass harmonica in "Aquarium", and cellist Gautier Capucon plays a majestic Swan.


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Read more of these infectious qualities carry over to the other works on the disc, particularly the Septuor which here almost explodes with neo-classical wit and verve. The Fantaisie for Violin and Harp is a lovely work that deserves more than the occasional outing on disc, and while I don't really want to hear Dalila's big aria transcribed for cello and piano, it's very well done (as are the other two short works for the same forces). As noted above, the sonics are closely detailed, perhaps too much so for some listeners, but never claustrophobic. This very enjoyable program deserves a listen; it will make you smile. [2/16/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Carnival of the animals by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano), Janne Saksala (Double Bass), Florent Jodelet (Percussion),
Paul Meyer (Clarinet), Esther Hoppe (Violin), Emmanuel Pahud (Flute),
Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Frank Braley (Piano),
Béatrice Muthelet (Viola)
Written: 1886 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 22 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Septet for Piano, Trumpet, String Quartet and Double Bass in E flat major, Op. 65 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  David Guerrier (Trumpet), Béatrice Muthelet (Viola), Esther Hoppe (Violin),
Janne Saksala (Double Bass), Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Gautier Capuçon (Cello),
Frank Braley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 16 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Fantasie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Harp), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel,Switzerland 
Length: 12 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Prière for Violin/Cello and Organ, Op. 158 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Frank Braley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel,Switzerland 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Frank Braley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel,Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Georges Papin 
6.
Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Frank Braley (Piano), Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel,Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 1- Introduction et marche royale du lion [Andante maestoso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 2- Poules et coqs [Allegro moderato]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 3- Hémiones (animaux véloces) [Presto furioso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 4- Tortues [Andante maestoso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 5- L'éléphant [Allegro pomposo]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 6- Kangourous [Moderato]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 7- Aquarium [Andantino]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 8- Personnages à longues oreilles [Tempo ad libitum]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 9- Le coucou au fond des bois [Andante]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 10- Volière [Moderato grazioso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 11- Pianistes [Allegro moderato]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 12- Fossiles [Allegro ridicolo]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 13- Le cygne [Andantino grazioso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 14- Final [Molto allegro]
Fantaisie pour violon et harpe op. 124
Romance pour violoncelle et piano op. 36
Prière pour violoncelle et piano op. 158
'Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix' extract from Samson et Dalila
Septet in E flat Op. 65: Préambule: allegro moderato
Septet in E flat Op. 65: Menuet: Tempo di minuetto moderato
Septet in E flat Op. 65: Intermède: andante
Septet in E flat Op. 65: Gavotte & Final: allegro non troppo

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