Camille Saint-SaŽns

Biography

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
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole; Saint-SaŽns / Perlman, Barenboim
Release Date: 06/13/1995   Label: Dg Masters  
Catalog: 445549   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-SaŽns: Symphony no 3 / DePreist, Royal Stockholm PO
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 555   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: Organ Music / Hans Fagius
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 556   Number of Discs: 1
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Capriccio - Saint-SaŽns: Music for Violin and Orchestra
Release Date: 08/05/2000   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 860   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: The 2 Cello Concertos, Etc / Thedťen, Kantorow
Release Date: 01/25/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 956   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Havanaise

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Original Masters - Ruggiero Ricci
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475105 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  NiccolÚ Paganini,  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Carlo Bussotti
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Ernest Ansermet,  Piero Gamba,  Anatole Fistoulari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    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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    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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    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    The Best Of Saint-saŽns - The Swan, Havanaise, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551195 Release Date: 03/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Marat Bisengaliev,  Peter Toperczer,  MariŠn Lapsansky,  Dong-Suk Kang  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman,  Johannes Wildner,  Keith Clark,  Ondrej LenŠrd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Paganini: Violin Concerto No 1; Saint-Saens / Sarah Chang
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55026 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  NiccolÚ Paganini
    Performer:  Sarah Chang
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Saint-Saens: Complete Works for Violin & Orchestra, Cello & Orchestra / Ricci, Varga
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5084 Release Date: 05/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Laszlo Varga
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Othmar M. F. MŠga,  Louis de Froment,  Reinhard Peters  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Symphonie Espagnole
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550494 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Marat Bisengaliev
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Saint-saŽns: Danse Macabre, Etc / Dutoit, Philharmonia Orch
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 425021 Release Date: 05/12/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Saint-Saens, Massenet / Salerno-Sonnenberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49276 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Chamber Symphony
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Camille Saint-SaŽns


WORKS
I. Introduction et marche royale du Lion
II. Poules et Coqs
III. Hťmiones
IV. Tortues
V. L'…lťphant
VI. Kangourous
VII. Aquarium
VIII. Personnages ŗ longues oreilles
IX. Le Coucou au fond des bois
X. VoliŤre
XI. Pianistes
XII. Fossiles
XIII. Le Cygne
XIV. Final
I. Adagio
III. Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato
IV. Maestoso
Concerto No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 22: I - Andante sostenuto
II - Allegro scherzando
III - Presto