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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: 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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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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Organ Meditation - Grieg, Saint-saŽns, Etc/ JŠnos Sebestyťn
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550791   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93927 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  AntonŪn DvorŠk,  Johannes Brahms,  Joseph Brackett  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Kathryn Stott,  Nilson Matta,  Rosa Passos  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Ennio Morricone,  Chen Xieyang,  Tan Dun  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra,  Claude Bolling Ensemble  ... 
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  • 27.
    Aaron Rosand In Norway
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1240 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Edouard Lalo,  Jean Sibelius,  Klaus Egge  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand
    Conductor:  Sverre Brulund,  Karsten Andersen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Radio Orchestra,  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Saint-saŽns: Violin Concerto, Etc / Dumay, Rosenthal, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85699 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Gabriel Faurť,  Edouard Lalo
    Performer:  Augustin Dumay
    Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal,  Hikotaro Yazaki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    The Virtuoso Violin Of Benno Rabinof / Sylvia Rabinof, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 205 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  NiccolÚ Paganini,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Karol Szymanowski  ... 
    Performer:  Benno Rabinof,  Sylvia Rabinoff
    Conductor:  Robert Stanley,  Ernie Fiorrito
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York WOR Radio Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Janine Jansen
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000200902 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Janine Jansen
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Original Masters - Ruggiero Ricci
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475105 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Carlo Bussotti
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Ernest Ansermet,  Piero Gamba,  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Violinist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85562 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gioconda de Vito,  Robert Masters,  Derek Simpson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir William Walton,  Mogens WŲldike,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Anthony Bernard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    The Perlman Edition - The French Album / Perlman, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62599 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Ernest Chausson,  Maurice Ravel,  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Abbey Road Ensemble
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  • 34.
    Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole;  Ravel, Et Al / Howard Zhang, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555093 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Maurice Ravel,  Edouard Lalo
    Performer:  Howard Zhang
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus EsterhŠzy Sinfonia
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  • 35.
    Original Masters - Arthur Grumiaux
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000017902 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  NiccolÚ Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  IstvŠn Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Riccardo Castagnone
    Conductor:  Franco Gallini,  Rudolf Moralt,  Jean Fournet,  Bernhard Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Paris La Belle Epoque - Faure, Massenet, Etc / Ma, Stott
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87287 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Jules Massenet,  Cťsar Franck,  Gabriel Faurť
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Kathryn Stott
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  • 37.
    Jacques Thibaud - Short Pieces
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2031 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Manuel de Falla,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Jacques Thibaud,  Tasso Janopolou,  Harold Craxton
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  • 38.
    French Showpieces / James Ehnes, Yoav Talmi, Quebec So
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23151 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Darius Milhaud,  Claude Debussy,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  James Ehnes
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit - Saint-saens, Et Al / Capucon, Harding
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 545482 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Hector Berlioz,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud CapuÁon
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Schumann, Brahms, Et Al: Violin Sonatas / Chiba, Iwasaki
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 598 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Albert Dietrich,  Henri Wieniawski,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Shuku Iwasaki,  Junko Chiba
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  • 42.
    Viva Espana - Naxos Musical Journey
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 151005 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Edouard Lalo,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Marat Bisengaliev
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Capriccio - Saint-SaŽns: Music for Violin and Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 860 Release Date: 08/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Tero Latvala
    Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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  • 44.
    Legendary Treasures - Jascha Heifetz Collection Vol 3
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7717 Release Date: 04/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Milton Kaye
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees,  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra,  Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 45.
    Saint-saens: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 3, Havanaise
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460008 Release Date: 03/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    The Best Of Saint-saens
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556675 Release Date: 09/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Dong-Suk Kang,  Idil Biret,  Imrich Szabo,  Peter Toperczer  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  James Loughran,  Richard Hayman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 22 - Lalo, Saint-saens, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61753 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Edouard Lalo,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Izler Solomon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    The Lark Ascending - Violin Showpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553509 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Maurice Ravel,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  David Greed,  Marat Bisengaliev,  JŠnos Selmeczy,  Dong-Suk Kang  ... 
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  • 49.
    Saint-saŽns: Violin Concerto No 3, Etc /Brodsky, Straszynski
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47140 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Vadim Brodsky
    Conductor:  Andrzej Straszynski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Aaron Rosand Plays Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Lalo, Others
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5116 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand
    Conductor:  Tibor SzŲke,  Rolf Reinhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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