Camille Saint-SaŽns


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
The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 27 - Saint-SaŽns / Oramo, Hough
Release Date: 10/09/2001   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67331/3   Number of Discs: 2
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Saint-saŽns: Works For A Cappella Choir / Chantres Musiciens
Release Date: 01/01/2003   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22226   Number of Discs: 1
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Orford - Works For Six Pianos - Saint-saŽns, Prokofiev, Gounod, Rossini, Etc / Murray, Perron, Godin, Et Al
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2566   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso

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    Artistry Of The Marimba / Linda Maxey, Mark Puckett
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 74 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
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    Gala Concert 300 Years Of St. Petersburg / Termikanov, Netrebko, Hvorostovsky
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053408 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
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    Lalo, Saint-saŽns, Chausson, Massenet / Joshua Bell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000444802 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
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    Great Concertos - Great Artists Vol I - The Violin
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 219 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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    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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    Artist Portrait - Maxim Vengerov
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48176 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Carl Nielsen,  Antonio Bazzini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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    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
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    William Primrose - The Early Recordings - Violin And Viola
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 207 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  NiccolÚ Paganini,  Henry Purcell  ... 
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    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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    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  ... 
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    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
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    Bowfire - Virtuosic Violin Music
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81279 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Various,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
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    Essential Violin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000109202 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Phillip Moll,  Akiko Suwanai,  Mayumi Fujikawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Walter Weller,  Andrew Litton,  Andrť Previn  ... 
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    Joint Concert In Tel Aviv / Mehta, Hagner, Kam, Berlin & Israel Philharmonic
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100069 Release Date: 08/19/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Ben-Haim,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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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  ... 
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    Conductor:  Franco Gallini,  Rudolf Moralt,  Jean Fournet,  Bernhard Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Great Violinists - Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1964
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4215 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Faurť,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  NiccolÚ Paganini  ... 
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    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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    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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    Romantic Violin - Perlman, Zukerman, Friedman, Meyers, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63752 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Max Bruch,  Jules Massenet,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Anne Akiko Meyers,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Erick Friedman
    Conductor:  Andrť Previn,  Jesķs Lopez-Cobos,  Andrew Litton,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
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    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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    No Limit / Sergei Nakariakov
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 80651 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  George Gershwin,  Jules Massenet,  Max Bruch  ... 
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    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Sweet Sorrow - Vitali, Chopin, Pagaini, Et Al / Sarah Chang
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56791 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Chang,  Charles Abramovic,  Sandra Rivers,  Jonathan Feldman
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Sir Colin Davis,  Jun Mšrkl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Heifetz - Violin Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63154 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith,  Emanuel Bay,  Erick Friedman
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  William Steinberg,  Donald Voorhees,  Fritz Reiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 99.
    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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    Violin For Anne Rice / Leila Josefowic
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462032 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Sadin,  Sting,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  EugŤne Ysaˇe  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Sadin,  Cyro Baptista,  Ira Coleman,  Charles Curtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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Camille Saint-SaŽns

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