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: Organ Music / Hans Fagius
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 556   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: Africa, Symphony No 2, Etc / Kantorow
Release Date: 05/21/1996   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 790   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: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso

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    The Club Album / Anne-sophie Mutter [blu-ray]
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    The Club Album / Anne-Sophie Mutter [CD & DVD]
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    Silver Bow
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 520 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Club Album / Anne-Sophie Mutter
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    The Perlman Sound
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    Itzhak Perlman 40th Anniversary [4 DVDs]
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    Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3
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    Itzhak Perlman - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
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    Kyung Wha Chung - Complete Decca Recordings [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
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    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
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    Saint-Saens: Rondo Capriccioso; Concerto No. 3; Symphonie No. 3 / Da Costa, Conti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 628144 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
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    Complete Vengerov: Recordings 1991-2007 [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
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    The Art Of Zino Francescatti
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    Saint-saens: Complete Works For Violin & Orchestra, Cello & Orchestra
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 335 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
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    Transcriptions / Grau Schumacher Piano Duo
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 20903 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Le Violon Roi / Renaud Capucon [3-CD Set]
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 584402 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 3
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    Performer:  Renaud CapuÁon,  Gautier CapuÁon,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Daniel Harding,  Yannick Nťzet-Sťguin
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    Saint-saens: Piano Concerto No. 2; Cello Concerto No. 1; Violin Concerto No. 3; Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350077 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Isaac Stern,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Arthur Grumiaux
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    L'Excellence Se Fete - A Celebration of Excellence
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 297257 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Andrť Mathieu,  AntonŪn DvorŠk,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alain LefŤvre,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Louise-Andrťe Baril,  Valerie Milot  ... 
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    Faure, Saint-Saens: Works for Violin & Orchestra / Nemtanu, Zehetmair
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 193 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Gabriel Faurť
    Performer:  Deborah Nemtanu
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    Beethoven, Godard, Chausson, Saint-Saens, Ravel / Oistrakh
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002032 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 381335 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Franz Waxman,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman - A Portrait
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 941217 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders,  Andrť Previn
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    Itzhak Perlman - A Portrait [Deluxe Edition - 2 CDs + 2 DVDs]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 941194 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders,  Andrť Previn
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    Coming Home: Israel Philharmonic 75th Anniversary [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059094 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frťdťric Chopin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059458 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frťdťric Chopin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Leonard Bernstein
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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