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Camille Saint-SaŽns

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Born: Oct 9, 1835; France   Died: Dec 16, 1921; Algeria   Period: Romantic
Camille Saint-SaŽns was something of an anomaly among French composers of the nineteenth century in that he wrote in virtually all genres, including opera, symphonies, concertos, songs, sacred and secular choral music, solo piano, and chamber music. He was generally not a pioneer, though he did help to revive some earlier and largely forgotten dance forms, like the bourťe and gavotte. He was a conservative who wrote many popular scores scattered Read more throughout the various genres: the Piano Concerto No. 2, Symphony No. 3 ("Organ"), the symphonic poem Danse macabre, the opera Samson et Dalila, and probably his most widely performed work, The Carnival of The Animals. While he remained a composer closely tied to tradition and traditional forms in his later years, he did develop a more arid style, less colorful and, in the end, less appealing. He was also a poet and playwright of some distinction.
Saint-SaŽns was born in Paris on October 9, 1835. He was one of the most precocious musicians ever, beginning piano lessons with his aunt at two-and-a-half and composing his first work at three. At age seven he studied composition with Pierre Maledin. When he was ten, he gave a concert that included Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, Mozart's B flat Concerto, K. 460, along with works by Bach, Handel, and Hummel. In his academic studies, he displayed the same genius, learning languages and advanced mathematics with ease and celerity. He would also develop keen, lifelong interests in geology and astronomy.
In 1848, he entered the Paris Conservatory and studied organ and composition, the latter with Halťvy. By his early twenties, following the composition of two symphonies, he had won the admiration and support of Berlioz, Liszt, Gounod, Rossini, and other notable figures. From 1853 to 1876, he held church organist posts; he also taught at the …cole Niedermeyer (1861-1865). He composed much throughout his early years, turning out the 1853 Symphony in F ("Urbs Roma"), a Mass (1855) and several concertos, including the popular second, for piano (1868).
In 1875, Saint-SaŽns married the 19-year-old Marie Truffot, bringing on perhaps the saddest chapter in his life. The union produced two children who died within six weeks of each other, one from a four-story fall. The marriage ended in 1881. Oddly, this dark period in his life produced some of his most popular works, including Danse macabre (1875) and Samson et Dalila (1878). After the tragic events of his marriage, Saint-SaŽns developed a fondness for Faurť and his family, acting as a second father to Faurť's children.
But he also remained very close to his mother, who had opposed his marriage. When she died in 1888, the composer fell into a deep depression, even contemplating suicide for a time. He did much travel in the years that followed and developed an interest in Algeria and Egypt, which eventually inspired him to write Africa (1891) and his Piano Concerto No. 5, the "Egyptian". He also turned out works unrelated to exotic places, such as his popular and most enduring serious composition, the Symphony No. 3.
Curiously, after 1890, Saint-SaŽns' music was regarded with some condescension in his homeland, while in England and the United States he was hailed as France's greatest living composer well into the twentieth century. Saint-SaŽns experienced an especially triumphant concert tour when he visited the U.S. in 1915. In the last two decades of his life, he remained attached to his dogs and was largely a loner. He died in Algeria on December 16, 1921. Read less
Saint-saŽns: Violin Concerto No 3, Etc / Kang, Wit
Release Date: 10/04/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550752   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: Carnival Of The Animals, Etc / LenŠrd, Et Al
Release Date: 08/15/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554463   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-SaŽns: Symphony No 3; Moussorgsky / De Waart, Rotterdam PO
Release Date: 09/23/2003   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186116   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: Piano Trios No 1 & 2 / Joachim Trio
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550935   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: Cello Concertos, Etc / Kliegel, Monnard, Et Al
Release Date: 04/08/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553039   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Printemps, qui commence

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  • 26.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Gladys Swarthout
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89561 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Jules Massenet,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Gladys Swarthout,  Ramon Vinay,  Lucielle Browning,  Thelma Votipka
    Conductor:  Jean Paul Morel,  FranÁois Morel,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Alexander Smallens  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Blanche Thebom
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89559 Release Date: 12/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Wagner,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Blanche Thebom,  William Hughes
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Frieder Weissmann,  Warwick Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Debut Series - Simionato - My First Record
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1060 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Paolo Neglia,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Ferruccio Tagliavini,  Giulietta Simionato,  Gino Bechi,  Gino Conti  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Argeo Quadri,  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Symphony Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maartje Offers
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89549 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adriaen Valerius,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Tommaso Giordani  ... 
    Performer:  Maartjie Offers,  Herbert Dawson,  Tina Poli-Randaccio
    Conductor:  George Byng,  A. D. Van Buuren,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Albert Coates  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  String Quartet,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Emmi Leisner
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89540 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emmi Leisner,  Lotte Leonard,  Helge Rosvaenge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bruno Kittel Choir
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  • 31.
    The Piano G & Ts Vol 3 / Chaminade, Saint-SaŽns
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5533 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cťcile Louise Chaminade,  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Cťcile Louise Chaminade,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Gabriel Willaume,  Meyriane Hťglon
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    Marina Domashenko - Opera Arias
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3285 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Marina Domashenko
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Marina Domashenko - Opera Arias
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3285 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Marina Domashenko
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Sabine Kalter
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89533 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Sabine Kalter,  Richard Tauber,  Hans Heinz Bollman
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maria Olszewska
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89526 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Genia Guszalewicz,  Else Knepel,  Maria Olszewska,  Emil Schipper  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Blech,  Fritz Zweig,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Pied Piper Of The Opera / Martin Frost, Lan Shui, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1053 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wilfried Hiller,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Martin FrŲst
    Conductor:  Lan Shui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Fťlicien Cťsar David,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Feodor Chaliapin,  Clement Barone,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Franco Ghione,  Rosario Bourdon,  Hans Lange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    The Golden Age Of Singing Vol 2 - 1910-1920
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7052 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Barrientos,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Renato Zanelli,  Titta Ruffo  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno,  Romano Romani,  Walter Rogers
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  • 39.
    The Emi Record Of Singing Vol 3 - 1926-1939
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Federico Ricci,  William Garnet James  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard HŁsch,  Lotte SchŲne,  Salvatore Baccaloni,  Irma Mion  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Udo MŁller,  Erich Orthmann,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Luise Willer
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89177 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Carl Bergner,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Luise Willer,  Carl Bergner,  Ludwig Kusche,  Henny Trundt  ... 
    Conductor:  Selmar Meyrowitz,  Ernst Viebig,  Hans Adolf Winter,  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Frankfurt Radio Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Voce Di Donna / Denyce Graves
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63509 Release Date: 08/24/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Jules Massenet,  Pietro Mascagni,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Denyce Graves
    Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Prima Voce - Sigrid Onegin Vol 1 - Donizetti, Verdi, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7898 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin,  Johann Friedrich Reichardt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Sigrid Onegin,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Georg Kniestedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Opera In English - Great Operatic Arias Vol 2 / Montague
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3010 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jacques Offenbach,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Montague,  Mary Plazas,  Bruce Ford
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 44.
    Operatic Arias (1911-1949)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7864 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Traditional,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Titta Ruffo,  Maria Callas,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Lauritz Melchior  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Sabino,  Eugene Ormandy,  Gustav CloŽz,  Angelo Albergoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Maria Callas - The Voice Of The Century
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66628 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Lťo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Alfredo Kraus
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Georges PrÍtre,  Franco Ghione,  Victor De Sabata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Sociťtť du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 46.
    Stanford Archive Series Vol 4 / Ernestine Schumann-heink
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 5503 Release Date: 03/03/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Ronald, Landon, Sir,  John Stafford Smith,  Geoffrey O'Hara  ... 
    Performer:  Ernestine Schumann-Heink,  Katherine Hoffmann,  Geraldine Farrar,  Charles Adams Prince
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon
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  • 47.
    Callas Edition - Callas ņ Paris - Arias 1
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66466 Release Date: 01/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Jules Massenet,  Ambroise Thomas,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas
    Conductor:  Georges PrÍtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Four German Contraltos Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89979 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Margarete Klose,  Marcel Wittrisch,  Luise Willer,  Maria Olszewska  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Zweig,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Selmar Meyrowitz,  Leo Blech  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Four Famous Contraltos Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89985 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Emmi Leisner,  Karin Branzell,  Sigrid Onegin,  Rosette Anday
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    Callas - La Divina - Complete
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65746 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Maria Callas,  Nicolai Gedda,  Rolando Panerai  ... 
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Tullio Serafin,  Herbert von Karajan,  Antonino Votto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra  ... 
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