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Saint-Saens: Works for Cello & Orchestra / Schwabe, Soustrot, Malmo Symphony


Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573737  
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Schwabe
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Naxos already has a nearly identical disc featuring soloist Maria Kliegel, and a fine one it is. It lacks only the brief Romance in F major for cello and orchestra, and even includes an orchestral arrangement of The Swan, as does this newcomer. However, if you want the most of Saint-Säens’ music for cello and orchestra, excellently played and recorded, in one handy package, then this is the disc for you. It’s wholly delightful.

Gabriel Schwabe is a fearless soloist,
Read more with technique to burn in the two concertos–especially the treacherous finale of the Second–and a very attractive cantabile tone in lyrical passages. He’s ideally accompanied by Marc Soustrot and the Malmö orchestra, while the Naxos engineers provide excellent balances in a naturally warm and clear acoustic space. I can’t understand why the Romance and the Allegro appassionato aren’t played more often. Lasting only a bit more than three minutes each, you won’t find more perfect encores for a program featuring a major cello concerto. It has to be sheer laziness.

The real find, though, for most listeners will be the Suite in D minor, and early work that the composer orchestrated in 1919 from its cello and piano original. Its five movements chart a chronological progression from the baroque Sarabande and Gavotte to the romantic Romance and concluding Tarantella. The opening prelude is pure Bach for solo cello, except that Saint-Saëns makes a witty point out of the necessity of giving the orchestra something to do (sound clip). It’s lovely and charming by turns, but then so is the entire program. An effortlessly collectable release, for sure.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Schwabe (Cello)
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
2.
Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Schwabe (Cello)
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
3.
Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 16bis by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Schwabe (Cello)
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
4.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in D minor, Op. 119 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Schwabe (Cello)
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
5.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Schwabe (Cello)
Conductor:  Marc Soustrot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 

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